How To Customize The Medal? (In-Depth Case Study)

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According to the survey, about one-third of the guests do not know how to customize the medal?

In this in-depth case study, we will take you behind the scenes of the custom medal manufacturing process.

From selecting the right material to creating unique designs, we will explore the strategies and tactics that top event organizers use to create custom medals that leave a lasting impression on participants.

By the end of this article, you will have a complete understanding of how to custom medals that stand out and reflect the spirit of your event.

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Generally, the following steps are required to customize medals:

  1. Decide which medal crafts to use
  2. Choose your medal size
  3. Select medal accessories
  4. Decide the packaging
  5. Find a trustworthy supplier
  6. Determine the budget
  7. The Production Cycle Of Medals

Step 1: Decide Which Medal Crafts To Use

If you are the head of a tournament organizer, you may not know what processes are applicable to your medals and what facilities your suppliers can offer you, don’t worry, after reading this article you will know how to customize your medals and communicate with your suppliers.

William is the organizer of a rainbow run program with over 1000 participants. He has been working with us on custom medals for over 3 years.

We initially reached out to him, and it just so happened that he was also looking for a better supplier, so he sent us his logo and the design (if you don’t have one, don’t worry, most suppliers will provide a free design).

At that time he did not tell us which processes he would like to use.

So we gave him a list of the most suitable processes based on our experience.

He felt that these processes might be worth trying, and we went on to the next step of the discussion.

Of course, if you have already decided which processes to use, you can also tell the supplier directly.

This article will list some of the processes commonly used on medallions and explain how they work for your reference.

Rainbow Running Race
Soft EnamelFill the paint color into the products. The surface is linear.
Hard EnamelPrepare a certain proportion of paint and other glues, fill them into the product, and polish the surface in the later stage to achieve the enamel effect. The surface is smooth.
UV PrintPrint a pattern on the surface(Suitable for more complex pattern colors or color gradients)
EpoxyA layer of transparent glue is added to the surface of the product to protect the product
GlowBy absorbing light, the night can glow
Transparent ColorThe color is transparent and the bottom can be seen
Cut OutCut out the product and move it to achieve a hollow effect
Two-toneThe same product is electroplated in two colors
3D/2DArc-shaped or multi-layer / product only has two layers of concave and convex
PlatingThe process of attaching a layer of the metal film to the surface of metal or other material parts by electrolysis. It can prevent corrosion, improve wear resistance, conductivity, and reflective properties and enhance appearance.
Stained GlassCut out part of the pin and fill in the transparent color
GemSet your pin with artificial diamonds (diamonds are available in a variety of colors)
HingeThe two-layer pin can be designed to open and close or rotate like a door

Step 2: Choose Your Medal Size

Now, let’s talk about size, shall we? Size matters, but not in the way you think!
A bigger medal doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better unless you’re compensating for something, of course. The medal size should be determined based on the design and the purpose of the medal.

medal size

Based on William’s design, we suggested the size of the medal be 3″. William wanted a larger size, but due to budget constraints, he might have to reduce the process a bit, which might not work well, so William took our advice.

For instance, if you’re making a medal for a marathon, you might want to go for a larger size to make it more eye-catching. On the other hand, if you’re making a medal for a charity event, a smaller size might be more appropriate to keep the costs down.

But don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging on this one. We’ll help you choose the right size for your medal based on your design and budget. And if you’re not sure, we’ll guide you through the whole process. So, let’s work together to make your medal stand out, no matter the size!

Step 3: Select Medal Accessories

To be in line with the Rainbow Run theme, we are in complete agreement with William’s goal of selecting satin ribbon due to its ability to incorporate gradient colors.

There are fewer options for medal accessories than for badges, which fits the medal application scenario.

In our 10+ years of medal making, the vast majority of medals are made with either Fabric Ribbon or Satin Ribbon, Satin Ribbon can be printed with gradient colors and your event logo, while Fabric Ribbon is a bit plainer.

Past customers have also chosen other accessories, such as Ball Chains, Rope, and Chain, and you can request other accessories and we will communicate with the appropriate manufacturer.

medal accessories

Step 4: Decide The Packaging

Coming to the step of packaging, there is an old saying in China that people depend on clothes and horses depend on saddles, which means that people will look extraordinarily spiritual when they wear a decent dress; horses will look especially steep and beautiful when they are equipped with a pair of elaborate saddle blankets.
The medal is also the same. Packaging is all about presentation.
What image do you want to convey to your winner, do you want it to be sophisticated, interesting, or valuable, consider the material of your packaging as well as the design, and even any other branding information you want to include.
But don’t forget that the most important thing the packaging needs to be is durable enough to allow for the protection of your medallion during shipping and storage.
At the same time, beautiful packaging can make you win in the future, it can impress the winners and even create a collecting hobby.
So let’s get creative and make your packaging stand out from everyone else!
We now have at least 6 packaging options for you to choose from. If you want other packaging methods, please send us the pictures, and we will solve it for you once and for all, you don’t need to spend time finding another supplier.
William believes that in order to stand out from other events and highlight his own, leaving a lasting impression on people, he has chosen the velvet box.
It must be admitted that medals with exquisite box packaging can be displayed beautifully, and William’s choice is excellent.

packagings of medal

Step 5: Find A Trustworthy Supplier

So, you’ve decided on your design sketches, medal sizes, accessories, and even the packaging. Now, it’s time to find a trusted supplier to make your dream come true. But how do you know who to trust? Look for a supplier with a track record of delivering quality products on time and being responsive to your needs and concerns. You can also ask for references or look for reviews from other customers. Remember, cheap isn’t always the best, with production time, shipping time, etc. involved in the middle – when it comes to something as important as your custom medallion, quality and reliability are key.

machines of medal

Step 6: Determine The Budget

Determining your budget is like playing a game of Tetris – making sure everything fits together perfectly is the key to your success or failure! But fear not, my dear reader, for there are many options to fit every budget and sometimes other processes can be used appropriately to achieve the same results. But fear not, my dear reader, for there are many options to suit every budget. From simple and affordable to extravagant and luxurious, there is a custom medallion option for everyone. Just be sure to keep in mind the various factors that may affect the price, such as the size of the medallion, the type of metal used, the craftsmanship used, and additional accessories or packaging. As long as you stay in communication with the vendor, you can customize the perfect medallion without breaking the bank.

budge of medal

Step 7: The Production Cycle Of Medals

Oh boy, it’s time to talk about production cycles! Don’t worry, we won’t bore you with all the nitty-gritty details, but it’s important to know that the production time for custom medals can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the complexity of the design, the quantity needed, and the chosen production method. Generally speaking, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for your custom medals to be produced. We’ll work closely with our trusted production partners to ensure that your medals are made with the highest quality and delivered on time.

Here are some figures you can refer to:

PCSReference Time
100 – 5007 days
500 – 100012 days
1000 – 500015 – 20days
10000 +20 days
DDP by sea30 – 35 days
DDP by air15 – 18 days
Express3 – 7days
By road25 – 30 days
By railway 25 – 30 days
Medal manufacturing and shipping time

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