Many Ways, Many Looks. The Keyring Has It All.

9 Mar

Keyfobs, or keyrings as you’ll also call it through colloquial usage, are great things really. Come in many shapes, sizes, materials. They are just awesome in a sense that one little thing can bring such joy when looking at it and gives a sense of identity to the owner. It can show their interests, where they have been, or basically raise a brand’s profile.

And from the continuation of information that I found on keyrings, there are different types made from different processes for different uses. The information below is what I didn’t include in my containment box, but it was research used initially to understand keyrings.

3D Die Cast Metal Keyrings Metal keyrings which reproduce eye-catching 3D features; character art, logos and messages, all stand out in relief and provide genuine quality. Enamel can also be applied, adding colour to any of the graphics given. They are manufactured from a very strong zinc alloy material which can be moulded into exact requirements. Electroplating the metal is the final process and is normally either nickel, matt silver or gilt finished.

Die Stamped Metal Enamel Keyrings These keyrings offer an effective means of giving a brand promotion an eye-catching profile. Brand colours can be accurately reproduced in enamel, allowing any of the text or graphics to be immediately recognised. This type of keyring can be produced in cold or hard enamel. Cold enamel, or soft enamel as it’s also known as, is used for promotional quality manufacture, combining good quality in a cost-effective form. Hard enamel is top of the range, used for premium quality products, therefore needing a finer finish. Enamel colours are reproduced using the internationally recognised Pantone Matching System (PMS), ensuring complete accuracy of the colour of the graphics.

Soft PVC Keyrings Vibrant, tactile and eye-catching, PVC keyrings allow all colours to be accurately matched by using the Pantone Matching System. The soft rubberised PVC can be moulded to a specific 3D design and is great for producing characters and objects.

Printed Keyrings These allow many colours to be applied without any loss in quality, allowing accurate reproductions of photographs, illustrations or graphics (that have subtle graduations in tone and colour) in a miniaturised format. It enables colours to be combined, blended or graduated (whereas enamel keyrings require metal lines to separate each colour. This allows for the reproduction of complex designs with accuracy and subtlety. The colours can be reproduced using industry standard, four-colour, CMYK process. For specific colour matching, the Pantone Colour Matching System is used.

Leather Keyfobs Available in a wide range of shapes such as the oblong and elliptical versions, it is produced in either real or synthetic leather which can then be attached to almost any kind of metal tag.

Liquid Filled Keyrings Bright, cheerful and eye-catching, it is produced from a tactile plastic and filled with a coloured liquid and floating graphics. The liquid can also contain floating glitter and the floating graphics would be either a 3D logo or a figure. These keyrings are available in any shape or size.

Foam Keyrings Produced from highly tactile, soft EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foam, it is lightweight and can include multiple coloured layers, with the rubberised manufacturing enabling high qualities of print with vibrant and colourful finishes.

Sequentially Numbered Keyrings This is a popular choice for financial organisations and sponsoring charities. The keyring is engraved with a unique ID number, so if lost it can be returned to the owner quickly and securely.

Spinning Keyrings A Die Cast standard shaped keyrings (circular) which is manufactured with the central area mounted on a rivet to spin. The designs can be printed or enamelled on to either side of the keyring.

Encapsulated Keyrings A highly economic promotional product which is ideal for event give-aways. It is made from clear plastic and can be moulded into almost any shape. The graphics are printed on paper, which is placed inside a capsule within the keyring. Reproduction is accurate and clear, and can be printed on both sides of the paper. The colours are reproduced by using the industry standard, four-colour, CMYK process.


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