A lanyard could only get better when it’s customized. Why? It is because there are many customization options available for lanyards. The material used for the cord can be specified, there are many kinds of attachments to choose from, and there are various printing options that will suit every budget and taste.
Cord Material and Printing Options
When it comes to customized lanyard cords, polyester and nylon are the commonly used materials. However, there are also cords made from thin tubular silicon and leather. Polyester is softer than nylon, which is why thicker and wider lanyard cords can be made from it without making it uncomfortable to wear. On the other hand, nylon feels smoother and looks shinier than polyester. Silk screening and dye sublimation is more applicable on nylon.
Polyester lanyards can be customized using hot stamping, silk screen printing and weaving. Hot stamping is the most economical printing option because it only uses one ink color. In this process, hot ink is stamped onto the uncut lanyard cord using rubber rollers and metal printing heads that contain the text and logo. Schools and organizers of fundraisings, tradeshows and exhibits opt for hot stamping because they are cheaper as compared to the other customization methods. However, the prints achieved through hot stamping do not last that long and will easily get erased as time passes.
Silk screening uses the same principle as hot stamping but the ink used is thicker. Moreover, the ink penetrates into the cord so the print lasts longer. Multiple colors can be used in silk screening.
Lastly, there are woven lanyard cords. The prints on woven lanyard cords do not fade because the woven fabric is essentially part of the cord itself and not merely printed on top. Woven lanyards are best for simple texts and logos. Usually, designs using one text and logo color are free of charges. Additional colors for woven lanyard cords will be charged extra. Woven lanyard cords are not applicable to nylon because nylon is too stiff.
Lanyards made from nylon can also be customized using dye sublimation and silk screening. Dye sublimation process can replicate intricate designs because the texts and images are printed on the cord. This technique is perfect for nylon cords that are at least 1 inch in width. Both sides of the cord can be printed with different designs. Dye sublimation is best suited for customization that requires multicolor or realistic prints. In this process, the customized print is first printed on a special transfer paper. The cord to be printed on is primed with white ink so the print will more clearly. Then the print on the transfer paper is transferred on the cord with the help of heat and pressure. The text and images achieved using dye sublimation will not be rubbed off.
When it comes to choosing ink colors, suppliers and manufacturers pick colors from a Pantone chart. Pantone colors are different from RGB and CMYK colors used in website design and printer inks. Pantone colors are not a mixture of different colors. For example, a pink Pantone color will not be a mixture of red and white. Rather, it will be pink in itself. That is why Pantone color charts are the standard color reference in paints, interior design and lanyard printing.
Cord Width and Length
Lanyards come in different lengths and widths. The standard length for a lanyard cord is 36 inches. The cord width can be ½”, 5/8”, ¾” and 1”. Anything thicker than 1” will feel uncomfortable for the wearer.
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