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Tips & Hints

Considerations when designing your coin, charm, or lapel pin:  They all use a similar process.  Keep in mind the actual size of the object and don't try to cram too much into it.


All colors must be separated by metal in order to contain the enamel.  Think of this as an outline and while the outline is quite thin, if you have a thin object already, the outline uses up much of the assigned space. In some cases, tiny little objects will need to be "solid" metal (no color).  This is particularly true for lettering.


2D & 3D difference:

Technically, all coins are 3D.  They have height, width and depth.  In coin vernacular, if a coin lays flat on a surface, it is 2D.  All raised objects are of equal depth.  If it wobbles or can be spun like a toy top, it is 3D. 3D objects cannot hold color - they must be metal.  A very nice touch is to use a two tone (contrasting) overlay for 3D objects.  See some examples here.


Consecutive laser numbering on coins requires a raised surface large enough for the numbers.  In some (but not all) cases, that means a little raised rectangle somewhere in the design.


Send us your idea in a sketch along with supporting artwork (the web is a GREAT source) and with your order we'll produce art which considers "process limitations" for your approval before making the dies.

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