class, we will explore THE most ultimately booooooring aspect of pin
manufacturing, the FASTENER! Pay attention, there will be a pop quiz
later. The fastener which is used on the original <*> Pin is
called a "pinback." (No relation to the name of any character in the
classic cult flick, "Dark Star")
pinback is the type of fastener which works almost like a safety pin. I
began my debut as a pin-maker by using a cheap, plastic, black pinback
fastener that stuck on the back with peel-off adhesive. It turns out
that first version quits being very sticky after about a year, which
really pissed me off.
then I discovered a new, more efficient type of pinback fastener to use
for the Original pins. They glue on with clear, strong epoxy instead of
tacky (in BOTH senses of the word!) adhesive. The new pinback holds the
pin slightly closer to your shirt or jacket than the old version. Other
than that, it's still another boring ol' pinback.
is another fastener featuring one or two post(s) which pierce your
clothing, and little round clips which hang onto the posts from the
inside of the cloth. THAT is called a "military clutch". Those little
clips that come with them are called "clutchbacks".
fasteners drive me completely nuts. It seems to be just too easy to
lose those little round clutchbacks! That is why I have decided to
include a spare, bonus clutchback with every Junior <*> lapel pin sold. (Note to get a Junior Pin nowadays, email me about getting on a waiting list.)
This is a service which you would rarely find anywhere else, since I CARE
about the handiwork I give to others.
have to wonder some of the weird jargon that the jewelry industry uses
for some of these things... such as: did you know that the curlicue
little fastener that goes on the back of a post earring is called a
friction nut? (No, I did not make that up!) GO FIGURE! :-)
you have any more questions about the creation of these pins? Just hit
the "contact" button on this page and ask. You may see your question
and my answer turn up on this page afterwards.
I would like to take this time to salute the jewelry supply company which has saved my butt more than once. They provide my pin fasteners, gold foil boxes and many of the other components which make my Pins possible. That company is Simon Golub and Sons in Portland, Oregon. May the whole world discover your excellent customer service, you cool people, you! :-)
Here is their website - and no, I am not receiving any money from them for this recommendation. I simply believe it's finally time they got the credit they deserve: portlandjewelrysupplies.com