I've been getting some questions on how I grade my pins and so I made this page! I basically have two grades: Standard and Seconds. Please note though that enamel pins are handmade items, so take the gradings as a guide on what to expect instead of a fixed definition; all pins may vary slightly in appearance!
Standard: Pins that are the best of the batch. They will have minimal to no visible flaws, although that doesn't mean that they are perfect! Some flaws you might expect on these pins are tiny scratches on the metal or small ink bleeds. Depending on the pin finish the flaws may be different; please see the individual pin listing you like for a more specific description.
Seconds: Pins that have more visible flaws such as larger ink bleeds, spots and markings on the paint, or wrongly-painted parts. There are NO large parts without or with wrong colors, no large chips or scratches, and no large ink bleeds. Please note that some seconds pins may not have a backing card; kindly refer to the actual listing of the pin you like for more specific information.
Oopsies: Very large, visible flaws, such as entire parts without ink, large ink bleeds or stains, large chips on the metal and many others.
Also, I found this useful video on how to make pins. Despite the grammar mistakes at some parts (which I think is kind of funny with what seems like a native English speaker as narrator lol!) it's quite an informational video, specifically on hard enamel pin making!
I hope this page was useful! If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any of my social media (I'm most often on Instagram!) or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll do my best to get back to you as soon as possible! :)