Pin Quality Standards
My pin quality standards are dynamic and may be updated whenever I encounter new materials, effects or issues that I have not previously encountered. I will not make changes to existing rules or lower my current standards, but I may add rules for materials not previously offered.
High Quality Pins:
These pins are as close to perfect as they can get. Because of the nature of handmade items, very few pins come out of the production process without minor, hardly noticeable imperfections. These pins might still show minor signs of the production process, such as tiny scratches in the metal, Tiny specs of dust in the design, Tiny imperfections in the metal plating, Light scratches, minor chips in the enamel, Minor underfilling in non-central parts of the design, Minor areas of missing filling, Minor imperfections in screen-printed details, Minor offsets in screen-printed details, Small dark specs in glitter, Pins that contain glow-in-the-dark effects may show signs of the glow-powder used, and may also contain small cracks close to the edges, Pins that contain sandblasted enamel, semi-translucent enamel, glitter enamel, epoxy and/or similar materials, may show signs of air bubbles, lumps and/or similar elements within the material (because of the translucency of these materials, air bubbles and similar effects are hard to avoid), Screen-printed details may overlap with the metal plating.
My High Quality Pins offered will only have a small amount of any of the imperfections mentioned above, if they have any at all. If a pin has an overwhelming amount of the listed imperfections, I will classify it as a Seconds Grade pin.
Seconds Grade Pins:
My Seconds Grade pins have noticeable flaws. Seconds pins don’t always look great for close-up photography, but they’re beautiful additions to backpacks, bags, pinboards, and are a great choice if you like to wear your pins out on adventures.
Defects in Second Grade pins might be, and are not limited: underfilled areas, overfilled or missing enamel, Large specs of dust, hair, or paint in the enamel, Small paint smudges, Small areas with the wrong color fill, Scratches in screen-printed details, Severe overlapping of screen-printed details onto the metal/zinc alloy outlines, to the point where the outlines are no longer visible, Multiple imperfections in the metal, such as scratches, overfilling, tarnish and more, One or more air bubbles in the enamel, Large chips, scratches, holes or cracks in the enamel, Large dark specs in glitter, Glow-in-the-dark effect doesn’t work, Large areas of missing glitter, Loose back posts.
**Please note that I do have high standards and will not sell any overly flawed pin. Once you place an order for physical items in my shop, you have the right to cancel this order before the item is shipped. If you cancel your order before the order has been shipped, you will receive a full refund for all products. If you cancel your order after the order has been shipped, but it is within 7 days of placing it, you will be required to return the order at your own expense before a refund can be issued. Any missing product or damages will be deducted from the refund. If you cancel an order after 7 days of purchase you are no longer eligible for a refund.
** PREORDERS : If you choose to cancel your pre-order within 14 days of placing it, your Deposit will be refunded to you. After this 14-day window has lapsed, your Deposit will be non-refundable. These preorders are used to fund and produce the pins, and well as to ensure that no one can purchase your item and to give you the first chance at all of the best quality pins.
If you have any questions or wish to cancel an order please contact me directly through the contact box below.