Custom Puzzle Pins
Coming up with an effective custom puzzle pin design can be quite puzzling in its own right! Fear not because we have hundreds of puzzle pins to our credit. Use these tips to help you plan your next puzzle pin project. Read the Full Article....
What is a puzzle pin?
This type of pin consists of multiple pins that when assembled, create a finished design. A lot of organizations request this type of pin but do not have the design or right imagery to pull it off. Furthermore paying multiple set up fees and run charges often prices this product out of consideration. We have a few suggestions to consider.
1) Have a good reason for ordering a custom puzzle pins.
Your concept has to be solid. It's best to have an idea in which the elements can link together. (ie- dogsled, geometric shape) Trying to create puzzle pins is not easy and takes a lot of consultation with your supplier.
2) Ask a pin supplier for advice prior to getting your organization to approve the final design.
It's important to get designs reviewed by a manufacturer to see if they can be made. Your professional designer could have 20 years experience but if they do not understand electroplating, die struck manufacturing and enamels, you are not using all the tools available to you. Learning pin design takes a long time. We have a entire blog dedicated to teaching pin design at Enamelpin.info
3) Avoid "design contests"!
Given the reasons we just mentioned, using a 8 year old kid's crayola art for a pin design is a bad idea. In 47 years of doing this, we have yet to produce a design contest pin that looks good in our opinion. Kids use felt markers and draw on letter sizes paper at 10x scale. When you reduce the art it just doesn't work. Furthermore you are limited to the printed process and the set up fees are hefty for a small order. We have also noticed that hand drawn pins never end up being the "sought" after pin that everyone talks about. We have done them before but again, it's good to talk to use first to get some guidelines for your contest so that we can actually make the winning design.