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How to make your pins stand out!

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Looking for some inspo about how to make your enamel pins stand out? You’ve come to the right place. 


Here’s our pick of the best ways to design a bespoke badge that’s destined to be worn on every denim jacket, beanie, bag and lapel in town.


1. Good things come in all shapes and sizes


Because if we’re honest, nobody wants to be a square! A sure way to make your pins stand out is to get creative with its shape – and these days, enamel badges can be made into any bespoke and kooky shape you can think of. Whether you’re after a custom shape to fit your logo, a more run-of-the-mill geometric shape for practical badges or just a crazy contour to emphasise your design – we’ve got you covered. 


Take this innovative pin design above. The creator has chosen to bring the badge to life by opting for a purely bespoke shape that traces the edges of the design, meaning it will really stand out against a block colour background when worn and add extra focal interest.




2. Colour FTW



Want to get your design pinned on every jacket, hat, bag and Pinterest board in the land? You’re going to need to level up your colour game. Select colours that compliment and contrast each other for the ultimate colour pop such as the strong pink and yellow design of Trixie Mattel. It’s just as loud and proud as the iconic drag queen herself!


But heed our warning – make sure to consider the colour of your metal plating choice when choosing your colour to avoid an unsightly finish. Have black detailing like the badge above? Choose a black plate. Using pastel tones in your design? Go for gold.




3. Get punchy with your point


Literally – does your design do what it says on the pin? When creating an enamel pin to promote an event, brand or business, you haven’t got much room to mess around with. Your messaging needs to be short, sharp and straight to the point – and easily seen!


If you’re opting for typography, keep text to the bare essentials, make typeface large enough to be read from a distance and use contrasting colours for your text and background to ensure it’s easily legible. This Leeds 2023 badge does just that. Choosing only to use the event’s name in the copy, they’ve also cleverly contrasted the royal blue base colour with shiny gold plating and lettering for maximum dazzling impact.




4. Plated to perfection



For the final flourish, take some time to consider the best colour plating to make your design sing. At Awesome Merch, we give you plating options including Black Nickel, High Polish Bronze, High Polish Copper, High Polish Silver and High Polish Gold.


For a uniform look, chose to plate your pin with the same colour as the outlines within your graphic. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more glam, why not opt for a glistening gold that’ll catch the light and the eye at every opportunity? For example, we love this potted plant pin’s gold plating as it draws the whole design together and brings it to life.




5. Pin it on the pros




Congrats! You’ve nailed the secret to designing killer custom enamel pins and your masterpiece is locked, loaded and ready for production. So, what next? *Enter Awesome Merch, stage left* – it’s our gig now.


Save yourself the stress of attempting to setup a pin production line at home and let us do the tricky bit for you! All you have to do is send us your designs, sit back and bask in all your pro pin-making your glory and we’ll have you stuck in all the right places quicker than a seasoned enamel pin connossieur can say, ‘Where’d you get that gnarly badge, bro?’

Explore our full range of high quality enamel pin badges and packs, custom made to your requirements at awesome value.

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