DIY Enamel Pin Design: Silk Screen Enamel Pins

Posted by Craig Davidiuk on 9/11/18 1:21 PM


 Novice enamel pin designers usually struggle with learning to "think pin" when creating artwork. Enamel pin silk screening is the designers best friend! As the name suggests, we add colour to an enamel pin with a screen instead of liquid epoxy. It's another way to add colour to a pin.  Silk screen enamel pins  help you overcome the most common difficulties encountered by designers: coloured text and coloured details.  

The screening process adds a set up charge and a run charge to your costs.  Usually it's $30 set up and $0.10 per colour to screen. For this reason it's advisable to order at least 100pc. 


This video will show you how the technical side of how we administer silkscreens on enamel pins. 


Using Silk Screens For Coloured Text On Enamel Pins

 The challenge is that the "best practice" for designing pins is to use raised base metal to render text (bronze, nickel or gold electroplate) . You'll find that 95% of the corporate or sport pins we sell that have text, use raised metal.  It helps with legibility in most cases. 

Sometimes, you really want to use a specific font in the colour of your choice in your enamel pin designs. Silks screening overcomes that obstacle for you as a designer. 

Setting up your design for silk screening requires a bit of 'layered' thinking. You need larger areas of enamel to silkscreen over top.  It's also important to use an enamel colour and silkscreen colour that create enough contrast to be legible.  You should also know that it's possible to match the enamel and the silkscreen colour. Please watch ourplay-buttonvideo on colour matching for more info on specifying colours. 

On the design below, you'll notice there is a one colour silkscreen over white enamel. The words "Nordic Skiing Prince George 2019" are silkscreened. 




Using Silkscreens For Coloured Details On Enamel Pins

Rendering fine detail or different design elements is the best use of this technique by far! 

 Once you understand what kind of detail is better handled with a silkscreen, you'll be well on your way to designing unique looking enamel pins.  




The CBC Arctic Winter Games pin below is probably the best use of a silkscreen we've produced in a long time. The light blue dots and dark blue dots are layered over hard enamel. You'll also notice the green dots along the bottom and CBC logo are silk screened over top of metal.  Corporate graphic standards dictate we can't change how that logo works and silk screening solve that problem. 



Best Practices And Tips For Using Silkscreens On Enamel Pins

  • use a line width of .75 or higher
  • you can use more than one silkscreen on a pin but avoid tight "registration" if possible
  • make sure there is decent contrast between the enamel colour and screen colour
  • for a unique effect, consider making a base without detail and screening on your art. Works best for a one colour design. 


If you have any questions about this technique or simply want us to review what you have designed, contact us and request an art review. 






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About The Author


linkedinCraig Davidiuk has been in the promotional products his entire life. His family owned and operated a pin factory until 2002 and he eventually took over the company in 2012. He also has a diploma in Media Resources from Capilano University. Today his company is one of the leading suppliers of custom pins, medals and swag in Western Canada.

He is a father of one son with his wife, Courtney. Craig enjoys skiing, mountain biking, DJing, playing saxophone and world travel.  The Davidiuk family resides in 100 Mile House, BC. 


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