First off, you should understand the difference between Cloisonné and Soft Enamel. To put it simply, Cloisonné is polished flat with a smooth finish, whereas Soft Enamel has raised and recessed areas. The enamel is layered past the metal line and is then polished down to the same level as the raised metal.
Is cloisonne hard enamel?
The technique results in a jewelry-like finish that far exceeds that of other types of lapel pin processes. For this reason, cloisonne is the preferred type of hard enamel for designing pins. They have a rich and unique look and the enamel can be made with a solid pigment or a transparent color.
How do you make a hard enamel pin?
How To Make Enamel PinsPrepare Your Artwork File.Decide What Material Your Enamel Pin Will Be.Decide What Size You Want Your Enamel Pin To Be.Decide How Many Enamel Pins You Want To Produce.Decide How Many Pin-Backs You Want Your Enamel Pin To Have.Find a Factory To Produce Your Enamel Pins.
Whats the difference between soft and hard enamel pins?
The short answer is soft enamel has recessed enamel, while hard enamel is polished flat. Both are made from the same mold and the detail achieved is the same - they simply have different looks.
Can you make enamel pins at home?
Now what? Most people assume that making your own enamel pins is a long and complicated process. Its not. Its actually pretty simple and straightforward, and in most cases, it doesnt take longer than 2-4 weeks.
Are Disney pins soft or hard enamel?
All official Disney trading pins are made with hard enamel, where as Loungefly pins use soft enamel.
How can I get hard enamel?
When creating a soft enamel pin, the enamel is laid in the recessed areas and put through ovens to bake the enamel hard. The enamel is only added once in this process which means when dry, the enamel clings to the edges and recessed below the metal die line (that stops the enamels from mixing).
Can you size an enamel ring?
Many people will say enamel rings cannot be sized. Translation, your ring can be sized, but the enamel will not survive. The heat from the sizing over an open flame causes the enamel to peel away from the gold.