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


C Grades

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
  • Other

*By purchasing from The Dapper Dolphin Co. you agree to these conditions. Thank you.



Do I need rubber or locking pin backs?

I always say if you're planning to put your pin on a bag or hat or jacket to go with locking pin backs. Rubber pin backs are pretty sturdy but if the pin gets caught against something you can end up looking down later and seeing it's gone! So to avoid that tragedy it always helps to get locking pin backs.

Oh no! The design I want is out of stock! Will it be restocked?

It's really up in the air! I can't promise anything. To keep costs manageable and to avoid having large amounts of excess stock on hand I order moderate size batches of designs at one time. This means a small amount of the stock will be available online for a short period of time. BUT, they may run out at any given time, and then only get restocked if they are at high demand. So get that pin while you can! I will announce restock date/times and low-stock listings via IG @selflovetoolchest.

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.

How Can I Display My Pins?

I display mine on cork trivets nailed to the wall. But a good old fashioned corkboard works great too! If you want to take it up a notch why not paint that corkboard for a little extra color! Did I hear someone say, "Add glitter" to it?