Remembering someone who performed well with his given task is one way to lift up his spirit and to make sure he will continue to work properly. One way to recognize them is to honour them with recognition pins.
Recognition pins are usually given out to honour those who have been able to achieve a certain goal. These pins are usually lapel pins which show a symbol which signifies what was achieved and will be given during an event to honour those who deserve it.
Recognition pins are given out as a means of boosting morale among employees in a business. It is a way for those who work hard for their company to know that their efforts do not go unnoticed. Schools also give out their own pins to show they recognize the great work that a student has given. These are usually given out during the graduation ceremony, and are given as a special award. Other ways when a lapel pin is given out is when it becomes a symbol of honour for a person when he is being recognized in an organization. It can be part of his initiation into the group.
Recognition pins are usually made of metal and can undergo different methods of production. These are the common steps in making such a pin:
- The metal that will be used is first moulded to follow the design that will be used.
- Each mould is then cut and then the outline of the pin is the one that is cut next.
- The method of attachment is soldered at the back of the metal portion of the pin.
- Further metal plating is done to make sure that the pin will be as durable as possible. Afterwards it is then polished to make it shine, though the only ones that are polished are usually the pins made from brass.
- Soft enamel is used to add colour to the design on the pin. Each colour is laid out and is made to make sure that each colour doesn’t end up mixing with another.
- Once the layout of the colours is placed in properly, baking the design into the pin is done and is done at a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.
- An optional coating of clear epoxy can be placed over the design of the metal pin as a way to both protect the design and to make the design shine as the end product.
Lapel pins will have different ways for it to be attached to your article of clothing. It depends on how the pin will be used and how the user will want it attached to his clothing:
- Butterfly clutch – This is the common type of clasp for a lapel pin. This is attached using a small prong from the back of the pin and the actual clutch is then pushed onto the prong.
- Jewelry clutch – This kind of clutch is simple, with how it can lock in place when it covers the prong.
- Safety clasp – A long prong is pushed into a small hook to lock it in place. It works the same way as a safety pin.
- Magnetic clasp – These are used during times when puncturing the clothing is not an option. A magnet will be found at the back of the pin and will attach to another magnet at the clasp itself. This style is not used often due to its weak support.
- Screw and nut – the clasp can be screwed into the prong; the prong will be threaded to act like a screw.
- Stick pin – This has a thin needle with a collar that protects the pin and leaves it in place.
Regardless of where it will be used, recognition pins will be the less expensive means of giving recognition to those who deserve it.