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A collection of six pin badges all with different coloured plating as examples of how we can make you designs pop.

Pin Badge Plating - What Is It & Why Do I Need It?

We produce millions of pin badges every year in an almost infinite number of configurations. One crucial step in the production of pin badges is plating. 

In this article, we'll explore the process of pin badge plating and its importance in creating high-quality badges.

A Shining enamel pin featuring the characters from the movie and a nickel plating and vibrant colours.

What is Pin Badge Plating?

Pin badge plating is the process of coating a pin base stamp with a thin layer of metal. We plate badges for both decorative and functional purposes. 

The plating process involves immersing the pin badge in an electrolytic solution and passing an electric current through it, which causes the metal ions in the solution to adhere to the surface of the pin badge, creating a thin layer of plating.

We use the same plating process when making coins, crafting keyrings, or producing jewellery.

A Thought Bubble comic convention enamel pin with white plating.

Why is Plating Important for Pin Badges?

Plating serves several vital purposes. It adds a layer of protection to the badge, making it more durable and resistant to wear and tear. Protection is essential for badges worn frequently, such as those used for identification or promotion. 

Plating also enhances the appearance of the badge, giving it a shiny and polished finish. You can incorporate different coloured platings into your design to make your pin badges pop. 

Your choice of plating doesn't increase the price of your badges, further disproving the myth that creating pin badges is expensive.

A mushroom pin badges with shining silver plating and black enamel.

Types of Plating

We can add several types of plating to your pin badges, each with unique aesthetical properties. Check out our handy graphics of our beautiful Made by Cooper logo in the available platings so you can choose the right one for your project.

A plating chart showing the different colours and affects we offer at Made by Cooper.

To create professional-level pin badges, it is essential to use quality plating. This not only ensures a visually appealing finish but also the durability and functionality of the badge. Poor plating can result in a dull or uneven finish and reduced durability and corrosion resistance. This can reflect poorly on the overall quality of the badge and may deter potential customers or supporters.

A small penguin pin badge. The badge is plated in black.

The Importance of Quality Plating

The correct pin badge plating is essential in producing high-quality badges. It not only adds a layer of protection and enhances the appearance of the badge but also plays a role in its functionality. By understanding the different types of plating and the importance of quality plating, you can ensure that your pin badges are of the highest standard.

When you place your order with Made by Cooper, our expert design team can create multiple versions of your design, showing you how it would look with different platings as part of our free design service.

Get in touch today to get started.

Made by Cooper
20 February 2024

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