Production Methods

There are several production methods available that each create a slightly different look to the badge:

Stamped Method

Stamped

As the name suggests, the image of your badge is stamped onto either brass or iron. Stamped iron is usually one of the most economical methods of making metal lapel badges.

After the badge has been stamped and electroplated with the desired metal, the recesses are filled with paint and can also be finished with an optional resin dome coating.

Stamped badges use a thicker metal than the photo etched method giving a chunkier more traditional looking badge.

Printed Badges

Printed

Your image is either silkscreen printed (using solid colours) or offset printed (using mixed, shaded or half tone colours, like photographs).

We can print onto various metals such as plated iron, brass, or raw aluminum. They can be almost any shape or size.

Printed badges can be a very economical method for high quantities, but still provide a quality, professional look compared to 'snap together' plastic badges.

Imitation Cloisonne Method

Imitation

As with the Stamped Method, the image of the badge is stamped onto brass.

The recesses are then completely filled with a coloured resin, rather than paint, giving the badge a flat, hardwearing finish without the need for a resin dome.

Spin Cast Method

Spin

The badge is cast out of a base metal and then plated in your desired finish and the recesses filled with paint. Again you have the option of a resin dome finish.

Particularly suited to smaller jobs and 3D badges such as the Silver Fern shown.

Photo Etched Method

Photo

Simply put, we etch the shape of the badge into brass and then fill the recesses of the badge with paint. It's then plated in your desired finish (ie Gold) and can be sealed with an optional resin dome coating which not only protects the badge but creates a smooth glossy surface.

This method creates a detailed, light weight badge on a thinner metal.