Production process of a custom keychains

- Jul 29, 2019-

Step 1: Making artwork (mock-up)

Based on your design, photo, drawing, description, sketch, the artwork will be created by Adobe Illustrator. You can submit your designs in various file types (eg ai, eps, pdf, jpg, png, Words and so on). Design in eps, ai or pdf format will be of great help for graphic designers

Firegighter challenge coin artwork

We respect customers’ original designs and try best to 100% match customized designs. In most time, we did it. Anyway, if any design cannot be achieved in actual production, we will adjust the designs or the crafts.

For example, if the custom pin colors are too small to fill enamels, we will suggest simplify it or suggest proceed the job in the printing process. And when the pin holes are too small to cut out, we may suggest to make it in recessed metal.

Regarding colors matching, Please provide the PMS color number to us if you have. Otherwise, we find out the closest PMS color number based on your design.

On the artwork, all colors are indicated with the PMS color number, as well as the size is indicated.

The artwork is the most important thing, which decides the products will look likes. Customers need to check all the details very carefully and approve by return.

Step 2: Making a mold

After you approved the artwork and the price, the artwork will be converted into a physical mold. In this process, we use advanced auto CNC machines to engrave mold. It can accurately convert very complex designs with fine lines into a mold. Both 2D and 3D designs are OK to proceed.

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Step 3: die casting


If the designs with small details and fine lines, we use High Process Pressure Machine. This ensures that you receive a high-quality lapel pin, challenge coins, keychains, badges, bottle opener, and others.

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Step 4 : Polishing

First Step, We polish the rough with grinding discs. So that the excessed enamels are polished out and the raising metal parts are completely visible.

Then the rough are polished with wax until get a shiny smooth surface.

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Step 5: Plating

The custom keychain is washed with an acidic substitute. After this treatment, the keyrings are rust resistant and the surface is clean for coloring and gilding. First, the custom key holder are washed again with an acidic substitute. Then key tags are plated with metal colors, eg gold, silver, nickel, copper, black nickel, etc.

If your key fobs have an antique or matt appearance, an extra galvanizing process is required.

For more plating color, please refer to article plating color options.

Step 6: Fill enamel colors

The enamel colors are manually filled into the recessed area of the key chains according to the working drawing. For some complicated design and large orders, we use automated machines. Which is much more efficient, and do as good as man-handed filling enamel color.

Please note that for hard enamel keyrings, Filling enamel color comes first, then polishing and plating.

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Step 7: Epoxy coating

Optionally, the epoxy is applied to the surface of the key tags. The epoxy can protect the surface from scratches, and this gives the keyrings a transparent ball shape. Hard enamel pins are luxury, do NOT need the epoxy. Usually, we add epoxy on soft enamel pins and printing lapel pins.

The result is a high-quality key chain ring, which is durable and scratch resistant. Thanks to our careful working method and craftsmanship, we guarantee that you will receive a keychain in top quality.

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