FAQ About Pins
Pin Grading Policy
It is of the upmost importance to me that the pins you buy are high quality. I strive to only sell the best quality pins. With that said, it is realistic that no pin will be perfect and that each batch/design is different. Enamel pins are handmade so there will always be natural variations and slight flaws that occur during production. I put a lot of time and effort into accurately grading my pins. Please read below for more details regarding my grading standards.
A Grades/Standard Pins
A grades are the best of the batch for the particular design. If there is a minor imperfection that is across more than 20% of the batch, that will be considered part of the standard grade for that design/batch. No major defects will be considered standard. A-grades may exhibit very minor imperfections that can be seen under close inspection.
- Stray glitter
- Wiggly posts
- Low-fill or very slight overfill of enamel in small areas
- Slightly misaligned screen printing
- Small traces of random debris (dust, fuzz, etc.)
- Small amount of tiny bubbles in enamel, glitter or epoxy coating
- Light scuffing, scratches, dents, enamel bleeding
- Slight discoloration and imperfections in/on the metal plating on the sides and /or back of the pin
- Minor enamel discoloration
- Small areas of thickened metal lines that reduces or removes visibility of small enamel fill spots from original design.
B Grades/Seconds Pins
Noticeable minor defects, however, very close to being Standard grade pin.
- Moving posts
- Low-fill or overfill/spillover of enamel in large areas
- Chipped metal plating
- Discoloration or staining
- Missing enamel or plating
- Wrong enamel fill colors
- Large dents, divots, scratches
- Missing or badly printed screen printing
- Excessive bubbles, scratches, dents, divots
- Foreign materials embedded in enamel, glitter or epoxy
- Lightly discolored / tarnished plating
- Scratched or medium-largely misaligned screen printing
Very visible multiple minor and / or major defects. Perfect for those on a budget. In addition to defects mentioned above, C grades may also have...
- Missing posts
- Heavily Discolored / tarnished plating
*By purchasing from The Dapper Dolphin Co. you agree to these conditions. Thank you.
Is there a way to fix a bent pin post?
Yes! Place a rubber clutch on the pin post, then gently (and SLOWLY) push the needle back in place. A pair of pliers would work well too. If the post is wobbly a little super glue should help.