May 04 2010

What are cloisonné lapel pins?

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Cloisonné is an ancient glass enameling technique developed in China during the Ming dynasty. It is a multi-step process used to produce jewelry, vases, and other artistic pieces. Most of today’s cloisonné lapel pins are actually imitation cloisonné or hard enamel pins. The pins are made by hand-pouring powdered glass into the recesses of a die-struck (stamped) brass base. Once they have been stamped an Epola resin-based color powder is added to each cavity and then heated. After heating it is then cooled and sanded creating a smooth, seamless, hard enamel finish. Cloisonné pins are color matched using the PMS color chart, creating almost limitless color options.

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