In a way, badge lanyards are an expression of pride for those who’ve contributed product and service concepts to the world. Employers aim to make their employees proud to wear their identification cards. They know that apart from the basic purposes of identification and security in the workplace, these lanyards are essential morale boosters. They create an impression of dependability. Badge lanyards complement daily dress codes, and together with uniforms, create an impression of success. Moreover, with customized lanyards, business owners and office managers make their employees feel that they are part of the team.

Badge LanyardsThese accessories also make everyone familiar with each other. New employees feel more at home when they know who they are dealing with. It spares workers the inconvenience of recalling the name of co-workers. Visitors can approach whoever it is they’re looking for without bothering others for a bit of help. Displaying a person’s name and position conveniently at all times makes transactions more efficient. It also discourages employees from doing anything shameful or harmful. After all, their names can be easily recalled and they could be reported by irate customers.

Moving on, these lanyards last longer than other cords which are used to hang IDs or badges. The lanyard fabric is stronger and washable unlike metal cords. Skin irritation and clothing discoloration can be avoided when using badge lanyards.

These accessories can also be stored easily. You can hang them in your home for easy access when preparing for work. You can put them inside bags, pouches, drawers or cabinets. They can be stored anywhere without fear of losing the important IDs that are attached to them. Simply put, these cords save people from the hassles of ID replacement procedures and from the inconvenience of not being allowed to enter certain places within office premises.

Well, aside from being useful, lanyards (particularly the colorful ones) make wearing IDs fun and fashionable. The laces are comfortable to wear because of the light fabric materials used to make them. They can accommodate other attachments like corporate pins, ribbons, and other light ornaments.

They are also excellent items for fundraising campaigns. In fact, using badge lanyards to promote charity events is becoming a trend. They can accommodate the important details of the campaign such as the logo, address, contact numbers, and website URLs. Lanyards are also inexpensive unlike other promotional items in the market. Discounts are given by printing companies for bulk orders. They are also easier to sell because images can be posted on different social sites, creating awareness of the fundraiser’s purpose. Likewise, they can be effortlessly displayed in various stores on different locations.

Various events, competitions, fun runs, concerts, and shows use them to advertise the activities. They are used as part of the freebies upon registration. They serve as badges for entering event grounds as well as souvenirs for attending them. Many people collect lanyards for various reasons. Well, these accessories can also be attached to medals that are awarded to winners or champions. They make simple medals attractive and meaningful – as well as more valuable to hobbyists.

Many entrepreneurs use them as tokens to reward customer loyalty. They order customized lanyards for exclusive promos or anniversaries, giving them as part of their promo items. People love practical freebies like lanyards because they can be used to take important small gadgets anywhere.

They are great advertisement tools, especially for new business that need consistent exposure. They can be used as replacement for printed shirts or hats that people wear to create awareness. Lanyards with attractive, bold and vibrant designs can create instant attention. After all, people are easily attracted by colors and designs that are appealing to their eyes.

The Process of Making Custom Pins


People are very fond of using an object without even knowing how it was created. All around the world, custom pins are worn by people to show belongingness, achievement, or simply to support a cause or be part of a fashion statement. But do you really know how custom pins are made?

custompinsBefore you get to proudly wear your own custom pins—whether they were given by your company or an association you belong to—you should know that they started from scratch. Pins are first designed either by using pen and paper or using computers. All the elements or objects put into the design are carefully hand-picked based on the purpose of the pin. After finalizing the design, it is put into what they call a mechanical sheet with the specifics of the design, like the measurements, colors, and placement of elements. The mechanical sheet is what they use for the next step, which is molding. The metal is poured into the mold and left at a certain temperature to form and solidify.

After the pieces of the pin have molded into something that can be held, the next step is to cut the outline of each piece. Of course, not each piece will be molded perfectly. Some will have rough or extra edges. These unwanted edges have to be cut off or smoothened out for thoroughly made pins. Sometimes, smaller and more specific cutting molds are needed for holes or minute details.

The next step is to attach the individual pieces together using a soldering iron. Each part of a single pin must be carefully placed on where it should be because once you solder it, it would be hard to undo. When all the parts and pieces have been put together, the next thing to do is to plate it or cover it with bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and other colors for plating. The longer the pins are soaked in the plating, the thicker it will appear. Once the plating has dried, the pin is polished to remove the lumps caused by the plating. Polishing is also done to make the metal appear shinier and newer.

After the base of the pin has been finished, color is applied to it. Of course the colors are based on the design. Enamel is used for coloring so that it would appear more solid and shiny. Application of enamel has to be done carefully by hand because too much of it will cause the color to explode on the pin. One must be highly skilled in applying enamel color because exactly the right amount should be put on the right places. To finish up the coloring process, cleaning the unwanted marks on the pin is also necessary. The excess colors may be wiped out or smoothened for a better finish.

To make sure that the paint and the coating are really attached to the pin, it is also necessary to bake the pin. Baking it at around 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes is safe already. That would be enough to allow all the objects applied to settle. Finally, to finish up the pin, it is coated in clear epoxy to prevent the colors from fading out or to protect it from scratches. Coating, however, is optional based on the specifications of the customer.

That is the nine-step process of making a single pin. It is not anywhere near simple. The next time you wear custom pins, wear them not just for the cause you are fighting for, the award you received, or the company you are representing, but also for the hard work other people have put into making them.