Sunday, July 8, 2007



Ends July 21.

Click below to see some other Christmas STAMP PINS up for sale.
Order more and save with combined shipping.

All of the holiday pins found in my eBay store are now on sale. These metal stamp pins make great stocking stuffers. Get ahead of the season and buy now for delivery to your giftees on Christmas day. Have a good look.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

How cloisonne lapel pins are manufactured.

I am not sure if this is identical to the processes used by the principal stamp pin companies but the principles are the same.

Friday, March 23, 2007


eBay Charity Auction100% of Proceeds Go To BREAST CANCER RESEARCH.
There is a very special Charity Auction up right now on eBay that I strongly encourage you to look at!

This fantastic auction is featuring donated items from approximately 25 eBay store owners from across the US, Canada and the United Kingdom, including Pinman's Stamp pin Design Store. We have carefully put this box together so there is a little something for everyone! It's a Mystery Box so I can't tell you what's all in it but I'll venture to say you will find many hand made, new and vintaged items. Need a gift for Easter? Mother's Day? Father's Day? I wonder if there's anything in the Mystery Box??? Ummm, let me see!!!

The auction item number is 170094237548. You may look it up by entering the number into any eBay search box. Or you may click on the link

While I am not listed as the seller, you will see Pinman's Stamp pin Design Store listed as one of the donor stores. If you can not bid at this time, please participate by CLICKING on WATCH THIS AUCTION, as it will help us get into EBAY PULSE. By getting into the Ebay Pulse, it will drive more people to this auction.
Thank you for your participation!

Together we are making a difference.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Womens History Month -- Carie Chapman Catt

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

This Is The Pin That Got It Started

Stamp Pins – The Beginnings

I have been selling high quality metal stamp pins on eBay for three years. My store is at There you will find a large sample of stamp pin designs for you to view. I also have a store under development at Come an visit.

Stamp Pins – The Beginnings

In the early 1970s, balloonist Doug March became active in ballooning clubs and events in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Looking for a unique gift idea, he decided to send a photograph of a balloon to a friend in Asia who made custom cloisonné lapel pins. The final product was a hit soon thereafter. The balloon pins became a popular collectible at the next gathering of balloonists and their popularity among balloon enthusiasts continue to this day.

The first Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta took place in 1972 when a group shy of 10,000 people gathered to watch 13 balloons rise into the morning air. The Fiesta has grown to include 700 to a thousand balloons and hundreds of thousands of visitors. Trading souvenir pins of the Fiesta and visiting balloonists became a tradition with Doug March in the center of the action.

By 1974, Doug March formed Southwestern Balloon Adventures/The March Company and quickly became the largest supplier of balloon pins and patches in the world. Since then, The March Company has provided millions of pins and patches for a growing collectibles market.

In 1983, the United States Postal Service issued a block of four Hot Air Balloon stamps (U.S. Scott # 2032, 2033, 2034, and 2035).
March thought these would make an excellent addition to his balloon pin inventory. He approached the Postal Service for permission to make metal pins based upon these stamps. The USPS did not have any rules concerning granting such permission. March sat down with the USPS and helped develop a non-exclusive license agreement which was granted to him. Soon, March developed a goal to "...eventually produce and stock pins of every U.S. postage stamp ever made." This goal was not achieved but he ended up with more different designs than any of his later competitors. The 1989 edition of the March Company Color Catalog lists 766 stamp pin designs not including variations such as earrings, necklaces, key rings, magnets, and paper weights. Many additional designs were added in subsequent years.

Each of the March stamp pins was individually hand made in their factory in Taiwan and, later, in China, using high quality material and most skilled artisans. Most pins were sized exactly to the scale of the original postage stamp though some showing blocks of stamps were reduced in size and some of the popular designs were also issued at a reduced scale. Later pins were made with an offset photo image of the stamp. Winco International seems to be the originator of this style of stamp pin production.

The March Company success was soon copied by others. The March Company left the stamp pin business in 2004 and no longer manufactures or sells stamp pins. It followed the demise of such companies as Jayne Co., and Jonathon Grey. Currently only a few of the recent stamp designs are being produced for the United States Postal Service with some being released to the public by the manufacturer, most notably U.S. Allegiance and Concord Industries. Most of the pins on the market are from secondary sources.

Cloisonné Lapel Pins

Cloisonné pins are the fine-art tradition of glass enameling, it started in China century’s ago. Metal (brass or steel) pins are made from a die and each color is injected into a recessed area or "canal." The pin is baked between every color. After all colors are applied, the pin is polished. After being baked at a very high temperature, the glass enamel is sanded and polished to be flush with the metal lines that separate the colors. This gives the pins a smooth and lustrous quality.

Offset Printed pins

Offset printing with the design printed directly onto the metal base, the print is then covered with an epoxy or acrylic dome for long-lasting protection.