People might always think of pins to be made up of just one small piece with intricate design and bright colors. Well, there is more to custom pins than just the base. As time passed, pins started to evolve into more complicated, yet more fun pieces. Custom pins are now made up of add-ons which are fun to play with and also good to brag about.
One famous pin design is the pin on pin. As its name suggests, it is simply another smaller pin attached to the base to produce a 3D effect. This also makes the pin thicker and larger, therefore increasing its value for trading. Another common add-on is what they call danglers. These are smaller pins attached to the base using a chain, so that is hangs from the base of the pin. This gives the pin a “keychain” effect. It would be like owning two custom pins in one. The bobble pin, or the bobble head, on the other hand, is somehow like the dangler, but with a twist. Another pin is attached to the base facing up, using a spring so that the additional pin bounces like a bobble head.
Another advanced type of pin is the lenticular pin. This is the type that is made up of two to three different images, which can be seen only when tilted at a certain angle. These pins are usually made using the photo screening method. A more advanced pin is the LED pin. It lights up and is battery-operated. This kind, however, is very rare nowadays because manufacturers barely produce pins with battery containers. They are also quite costly to make and carry around. Those who have kept LED pins should better take a good hold of them because collectors are on the hunt for these precious custom pins.
There are also “movable” types of pins. One of them is the sliding pin. A different pin is attached to the base. The twist is that the additional pin can be slid across the base pin depending on the grids. These kinds are meticulously done, especially because a path for the slider is needed. Another type is the spinning pin. Obviously, the additional pin can spin up to 180 to 360 degrees. This kind also needs time and skill to produce because it is very important to make the spinning mechanic of the pin work. Pins like these are often used for trading and for collecting. Because they may appear informal, they are not used for awards or membership. They are also sometimes classified as exhibition pins since they have additional elements that create movement.
Some pins are also intended for fun and for mere aesthetics. The flocking pin, for example, has fur or feathers on it. These are made with great intricateness because usually, the feathers are attached to base one by one. These types of pins are also very rare because they have a soft texture that is barely found on pins. These are used to support feminist causes, LGBT rights, or even as nametags for salons or diners. Flocking pins are seldom produced nowadays because their mass demand has decreased. However, collectors and traders would still do anything to acquire one.
There are also different types of the backside of the pin, or what attaches the pin itself to other objects. These are the butterfly clutch, jewelry clutch, safety clasp, magnetic clasp, screw and nut, and stick pin. All of which can be described by what they are called.
No two pins are alike. There will always be one element that will make one different from another. The additional embellishments are what make each pin more special, more valuable, and more desirable for collecting.