20+ Enamel Pins to Creatively Accessorize Your Outfit

Cute Enamel Pins

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One of the easiest ways to accessorize your favorite outfit is with enamel pins. Now more on trend than ever, the small pieces of flair are highly customizable and inexpensive to both produce and buy—making them a breeze to collect and switch out as you like. A myriad of makers are turning to enamel pins as a way to express themselves, and in turn allowing you to broadcast your beliefs about politics, your favorite artist, or even your passion for plants.

A (very) brief history of custom enamel pins

Custom enamel pins follow a long tradition that began in ancient Egypt circa 1800 BCE. Although the Egyptians didn’t create these styles of pins, they did get the ball rolling by introducing inlaying and enameling, which is a cornerstone of the badges; the Egyptians used these techniques to create filigree pieces (such as exquisite jewelry).

Fast forward 600 years later to when the Greeks began to use powdered glass to fill in space between the filigree. After that step, they then fired them to produce enamel. From Greece, the process was refined around the world, from the Yuan Dynasty in China (1271 to 1368 CE) to the manufacturing techniques we have today, which includes photo etching and screen printing.

Check out some cool enamel pins to keep your #pingame strong.

Artichokes Have Hearts

 

Fox

 

Watercolor Palette

 

Pink Lemonade

Cool Enamel Pins

Big Bud Press | $12.00

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Custom Enamel Pins

Out of Print | $14.40

 

Balloon Dog

 

Color Wheel

 

Adopt a Cat

Etsy Enamel Pins

Studio Coup | $10.00

 

Life Lessons

Cool Enamel Pins

Studio Coup | $8.00

 

CYMK

 

Terrarium 

Etsy Enamel Pins

Hemleva | $12.00

 

Feminist With a To-Do List

 

Crystal Cluster

Custom Enamel Pins

Punky Pins | $10.09

 

Introvert

Cute Enamel Pins

Shop Luella | $11.00

 

Shoot Film

 

Boss Lady

 

Frida Kahlo

 

Mrs. Doubtfire

 

French Press

 

Beyoncé

Cute Enamel Pins

Georgia Perry | $10.00

 

Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady

Etsy Enamel Pins

Hemleva | $12.00

 

Next: create your own DIY pins!

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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