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A buyer's guide to lapel badges

Badges, lapel pins and key fobs are a great way to promote businesses, schools, social clubs and professional associations in a dignified, yet memorable way. Corporate name badges worn by staff as they work make sure that customers will always recognise representatives of their organisation. This article will show you some features of lapel badges, key fobs and badge pins.

Lapel pins and badges

Lapel badges are available in many styles, from brooches with a safety catch to tie tacks or stick pins. A popular type of lapel badge is the metal enamel badge. Enamelling is the process that fuses metal and glass together using extreme heat. The brass and copper that are used in lapel badges can be finished in black, gold or silver. Some manufacturers can even match your company or school colours. Powdered glass is fused to the metal by firing. Finished vitreous enamel has a smooth surface which is as hard as glass. "Cold" enamel badges "Cold" enamel badges look very classy for low-cost. If you have a logo or a crest that you'd like incorporated in your badge, the cold enamel process makes it very easy. Cold enamel badges are made up of copper or brass, and an acrylic filling is employed instead of the usual vitreous glass powder. Other types of lapel badges Some lapel badges are photo-printed. In this process reproduction of your design, the image is taken from a photographic negative and transferred to the surface of the metal lapel pin badge. This process allows the manufacturer to print any kind of image or artwork using the four colour process. Once the image is transferred to the metal, it is covered in clear epoxy to protect it. There are also lapel badges made up of PVC. These badges are flexible and can be made in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

Key fobs

Key fobs are another way to promote a business or an organisation. Fobs can have a company name printed onto them, using just text or incorporating a logo. They can also be printed on both sides. Name badges can be printed using a variety of materials and designs. They can be pinned to clothing or can be clipped to your pocket with a rotating clip. Final word Some name badge companies will take only a few hours to make badges from a design that is sent by their customer in an e-mail. These custom designs are usually held in a database so that further orders can be filled at short notice.

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