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About my pins

Enamel pins are generally made from one of three different metals: iron, zinc alloy, and brass. Iron is the cheapest metal, and may tarnish or rust over time if exposed to the elements. Zinc alloy is used for more complicated designs, with cutouts and sharp corners. Brass is the most expensive option, as it resists tarnishing, and is lighter than iron.

Where possible, I try to make all of my pins out of brass, to help protect them from tarnishing. My more complicated designs, such as my rainbow lorikeet, have to be made out of zinc alloy, due to the manufacturing requirements of such designs. My more simple designs, such as my wombat, are made from brass. This means that they are more expensive to make, but I want my designs to be the best they can be.

My pins are mostly hard enamel. This means that the metal blanks are filled with enamel and baked until hard, and then polished down to a smooth surface. Hard enamel is more resilient against scratches, and has a nice shiny surface.

A few of my pins are soft enamel, where I wanted the design to have smaller details, or where the specific type of metal plating required it. These pins are a little more delicate, as the enamel is not baked as long, and is softer.

The majority of my pins have two posts on the back, to stop them from spinning around when you pin them to your jacket or bag. The only ones with a single post are my first ever designs, and the designs that are too small to fit more than a single pin, such as my guinea pig pin.

My pins come with rubber stoppers on the posts, in a variety of fun colours and shapes. I've chosen rubber stoppers because they are easy to use, and much more accessible to people with disabilities than metal butterfly clasps and metal locking backs. I also have metal locking backs available in my store as an add-on if you'd like to upgrade your pins to make them more secure on your jacket or bag. 

If you have any questions about my enamel pins, feel free to ask!


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