19
Feb

Things You Need to Consider When Designing Your Custom Patches

Designing custom patches is easy. You don’t have to be an artist to create an amazing design.  Here are some of the things that you need to keep in mind when deciding on your patch design.

The Concept

Designing a patch starts with an idea. The idea can be an event to commemorate, a brand logo or a theme. A good patch transforms that concept into an easy to understand graphic. Most of the custom patches providers have a group of talented in-house artists. Their primary task is to make your custom patch from a photograph, sketch or text description. The service is usually free, included in the package.

The Patch Design

Custom PatchesYour custom patch design should come across to your audience. Simplicity is always the best. Make sure that you do not over crowd and add too many details. A better embroidered patch starts with a simple idea and with a simple design. Prepare a rough sketch, or send a logo, photo, decal or sample patch. Don’t worry if you are not an artist, there is no need for you to draw your ideas. Just describe the design that you want in words. Your chosen provider will interpret your ideas into a great graphic.

The Patch Shape

Custom patches can be made in any shape. The conventional shape like circles, octagon, ovals and squares are the popular choices, but there are lots of shapes available. With the use of lasers and hot and die cutting processes, you can cut these patches into any shape you want. To achieve a fine detail, you can cut the center and add to the look of the embroidered patch.

The Backing

There are different types of backing some of which are as follows:

1.    Plastic – to add stiffness and provides support to your patch, plastic backing is used. This type of backing helps retain the shape of your patch over time. Plastic is thin enough to sew through.

2.    Velcro – available in one side or both sides.

3.    Magnetic – this backing is placed on the entire back and transforms your patch into an embroidered magnet.

4.    Heatseal or iron-on. You need a home iron to stick the patch in your garment. If you plan to wash your garment 50 to 80 times or more after placing the patch, it is best to use heatseal as pre-placement before sewing it. To hold it in place do some tag stitches along the patch.

5.    Adhesive – this is the most common type of backing. This is a peel and stick backing to keep the patch in place for a single event. Machine washing the garment is not recommended for it will not able to hold up. If you want to keep your patch permanently use hotseal or sew your patches.

The Border

Merrowed border is the most popular type of border that wraps around the side of the entire patch, and is normally 1/8 inches in thickness. This is perfect for simple shapes, like squares, circles, rectangle, etc.

Another popular border for your patch is the diecut border. This border is cut to the shape of the design and is best for more complicated custom shapes with several in-cuts and sharp angles.

The Size

There are things that you need to consider when it comes to size. The right size for your custom patch is generally determined by its actual use. Use a ruler to measure the area the finished patch will be placed. Through this you will have an idea as to what will fit in the patch. The next thing you need to consider is the amount of information and the art that needs to add into it.

Other things that you need to consider are the lettering, the colors and the embroidery coverage. Once you have decided on the things enumerated in this article the next step is to find a reliable custom patches provider and ask for quotes.

8
Aug

Types of Custom Baseball Pins: Explained

baseball pinsOrdering custom baseball pins usually entails a few choices regarding certain types and materials. This article aims to shed light on the details regarding these types so that you could make a wiser decision upon personalizing your order.

Cloisonne (Soft Enamel) Lapel Pins

Cloisonne soft enamel pins are of the highest quality and demand on the market. In most stores, more than 90% of customized pins are of this type. These are made from a 1.2 mm thick copper base which is plated with gold, black, or silver nickel. Enamel colors are added and the whole thing is baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit to cook the enamel. As a finishing touch, a transparent epoxy layer is added to give protection, as well as depth and gloss that pin collectors love.

Offset Digital Trading Pins

Offset digital pins are optimal for designs that require more detail and finer colors than those offered by the cloisonne soft enamel pins. These are great for team logos, paintings, and photographs. These pins are made from the same thick material of photo-etched pins, crafted using the latest printing technology that recreates each image directly on individual pins. A transparent protective coating is added as the last layer.

Photo-Etched Trading Pins

Photo-etched pins are more economical alternatives to cloisonne soft enamel pins. The design of your custom baseball pins is etched unto a copper base that’s 0.80 mm thick. Then, soft enamel colors are injected into the depressed areas and the whole thing is baked at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. You have an option to add an epoxy layer to provide both protection and a deep, glossy finish.

Upgrades!

The pin designs can be upgraded with a few options:

1) Dangler – danglers are second customized pins which are usually attached to the main pin by a ring. Second pins require a separate design, mold, and manufacture from the main pin. Danglers are usually added to represent a special detail, such as a year or place of a certain tournament. Tip: to save on your purchases, you could opt to have the same main pin design but with updated years, so you can have a collection of pins for different years.

2) Slider – also a second pin, these are inserted through a slot cut into the main pin. The slider pin, which can also be considered a trading pin on its own, adds a sense of action into the pins. Common examples of designs that require sliders are swinging bats, running baselines, and moving softballs or baseballs.

3) Spinner – again a second pin, spinners are added to the main pin through a spin feature. They are added on top of the feature and can be spun with a finger. Custom baseball pins with spinners are considered very valuable. Spinners can be in any form and size, but are usually of bats, baseballs, and softballs.

4) Bobble Heads – another second pin which is attached to the main pin by a strong spring. Bobble heads can move side-to-side and up-and-down. These actions are very eye-catching. These are the most sought-after add-ons by many clients.

5) Blinkers – these LED lights are battery powered and blink when turned on. They add a little excitement to the pins and are often used as the mascot’s eyes.

6) Glitter – glitter enamel is added to colored areas of the pin, adding dimension and sparkle to an otherwise plain design. Although glittered pins look costly and sophisticated, they are actually quite inexpensive, which is why a lot of custom pins request the addition of glitter.

That’s it! You now have a better idea of the different types and upgrades of custom baseball pins. Enjoy creating your personalized pins, and happy trading!