Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Custom Lapel Pin Video

How It's Made - Custom Lapel Pins

Custom Printed Cups

White or Natural Cup With Shrine
Emblem Printed in Four Colors

Now, all of the features you want at an affordable price! Our exclusive, 12 oz. smooth stadium cup delivers quality and keeps you within budget. We’ve expertly printed the Shrine emblem in four colors on one side of the cup. Your custom text and logo can be imprinted on the cup in one of four colors. You can choose from Black, Gold, Red or Green for your custom imprint. Your custom imprint requires a one-time Plate Charge of $150 per color. You end up with a beautifully custom imprinted cup at an unbelievably low price!

Details of This Special Offer:
Price Per Case: $89.95 (includes four color Shrine emblem)
Cup Size: 12 ounce Smooth Wall
Color: White or Natural
Case Quantity: 500 cups
Minimum Order: 5,000 cups (10 cases)
Imprint Colors: Black, Gold, Red, Green
Custom Plate Charge: $150 per color / plate
Artwork: Customer supplied artwork must be camera-ready, color separated (if applicable). If camera-ready art is not supplied, artwork and typesetting charges will apply.
Sleeves & Ties: Add $2.50 per case
Shipping Charges: Approximately $12 per case
Shipping Method: Best Way – FOB Factory

Price is subject to change without notice.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Shawn Warren Receives DeMolay Order of Chevalier


Fratline President Shawn Warren with Dad M. Moore following the conferral
of the Degree of Chevalier at Kentucky DeMolay's 2011 Annual Conclave.

Michael Severe - Imperial Potentate of Shriners International

Fratline President Shawn Warren with Imperial Sir Michael Severe -
Newly installed Imperial Potentate of Shriners International

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Custom Potentate's Pins from Fratline

M. Warren & Co. Can Remove the Questions
and Eliminate the Headache of Designing
and Ordering Your Potentate’s Pin

Why use M. Warren & Co. ?
  • We will beat any written quotation for a comparable pin.  To qualify, you must mail or fax a copy of the quotation along with our Quotation Request Form.  The comparison must be “apples to apples.”
  • We have NO Art or Set-up Fees.  We offer you a FREE Design.
  • There is NO Die Charge when you order from M. Warren & Co.
  • Five colors of enamel are included in our base price instead of four.
  • FREE Epoxy Dome on all Soft Enamel Pins
  • Highest Quality Craftsmanship
  • Over twenty years of experience designing and manufacturing custom lapel pins and emblems
  • Dedicated to serving fraternal organizations all over North America
  • 100% Total Satisfaction Guarantee

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Custom Die Struck Medallions from Fratline

Custom Die Struck Commemorative Medallions


Commemorate An Important Event, Raise Funds, Recognize the Nobility or Build Awareness With a Beautiful, Custom Die Struck Medallion from Fratline.  Our medallions are die struck in solid brass for the highest quality impression possible.  Two or three dimensional relief is available.  Medallion prices include:  Two custom dies; art setup; up to three colors of soft enamel; your choice of plating, including antique or texturing treatment and individual poly bag packaging.  Special attachments and plastic presentation cases are available for an additional charge.

Custom Bola Ties from Fratline

Fratline is Proud to Be the #1
Manufacturer of Custom Shrine Bola Ties!


Custom Shrine Bola Ties are available with your unique design.  Often we simply add your lapel pin to one of our standard “Sunburst” or “Star” motifs (for a 12 piece minimum at $5.75 each; higher quantity discounts available).  We can enlarge your Potentate’s Pin design into a custom, large size bola.  Fratline bola ties are not only popular, they’re affordable.  Several slide attachments, tips, cords and lengths are available.  We have solid color cloth and leatherette cords as well as woven, multi-colored cords.  The options are limited only by your imagination.  Custom Bola Tie quantities start at only 100 pieces.  Contact us today to discuss your custom Bola Tie! 1.877.459.1440, ext. 0

Monday, July 11, 2011

Question & Answer Guide

Fraternal Lapel Pin Question &
Answer Guide from Fratline
How to Avoid Costly Mistakes When Designing and
Ordering a Custom Lapel Pin or Emblem

This guide contains excerpts from the handbook, The Ultimate How-To Guide for Creating Your Custom Fraternal Lapel Pin. To learn how to obtain a copy of The Ultimate How-To Guide For Creating Your Custom Fraternal Lapel Pin, please refer to the end of this guide or visit www.fratline.net

It’s no secret that the members of fraternal organizations, clubs and associations enjoy receiving, wearing and even collecting lapel pins. Lapel pins identify the individual as a member and they are a great source of pride for those who wear them. Badges, medals and insignia of membership are as old as the institutions themselves. Lapel pins and emblematic jewelry items have become an important part of fraternal culture the world over.

Fraternal organizations can use custom lapel pins in a variety of ways. Lapel pins are used to promote membership, commemorate the term of a presiding officer, celebrate anniversaries, recognize veteran members and raise funds for charitable and other projects.
Lapel pins and emblematic jewelry are (1) VERSATILE – appropriate for men and women; older members appreciate them and youth think they’re fun; they come in virtually limitless sizes, shapes and color combination's. (2) DURABLE – they last; most people have emblematic jewelry items that were handed down from their parents and grandparents. (3) COST EFFECTIVE – no other item can be customized by size, shape, quantity and process to fit any budget.

Now I’ll answer common questions associated with ordering custom lapel pins.

What things should I consider when designing my custom pin?
The elements of your design will include: theme, symbols, colors, shape and size. Your theme will depend greatly on the purpose of the pin. For example: If you’re designing a pin to commemorate your term as presiding officer, maybe you have adopted a slogan that embodies your goal for the term. This slogan can be incorporated into your design in order to promote your theme during the term. If you’re designing a pin to celebrate your organization’s anniversary you’ll want to include the name, location and anniversary date into the design.

What symbols or emblems should I include?
Most fraternal organizations have many symbols from which to choose, each with their own meaning. However, there is usually one primary symbol or logo that is most commonly used. In Freemasonry, it’s the square and compasses with the letter “G”. With the Odd fellows, it’s the “three links”. In some organizations the presiding officer may adopt an emblem he or she likes that’s not necessarily taken from the ritual or symbolism of the organization. How about a bird, flower or fruit? If you’re from Georgia, a peach would be appropriate. You can use one symbol or several, the choice is yours.

How should I determine what, if any colors to use?
Does your organization have standard colors that you would like to include? The Order of the Eastern Star’s primary symbol contains five colors that make a beautiful emblem. Choose colors that you like. If you’re of Irish heritage, use some green. When asked about the color, you’ll have the opportunity to talk about it! Pins don’t always have to include color. Many designs look beautiful in bright gold or silver finishes without enameling. With the variety of manufacturing processes, the sky is the limit. You may want to consider a die struck pin that has an “antique” or even a “sandblasted” finish.

What shape and size should I choose?
There are literally hundreds of “standard” shapes of pins. Standard shapes include: round, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, state outlines, flags and everything in between. Membership pins and presiding officer pins are often made in the shape of the respective state or jurisdiction. Would your symbol be a good overall shape for your pin? If your primary symbol / emblem is an apple, you could make the outer shape that of an apple, put additional symbols and your name and year inside the shape and enamel it in red. Sometimes the information and symbols to be included on the pin dictate the shape.

The size of your pin is very important. A good rule to follow is this: If you can’t easily read what’s on the pin, it’s too small! Pins are typically made in sizes from 1/2″ to 1-1/2″ and cost varies with size. After you’ve sketched out your design and decided on a shape, you’re ready to select a size. A trick to determining size is to use a photocopier. For best results, draw your design on plain white paper using black ink. Place the paper on the photocopier and shrink the image. Keep shrinking it until it looks right to you and the wording is still legible. Using a ruler, measure the design at the longest distance between points. Example: a square is measured diagonally.

How do I know what manufacturing process will be the best choice for my design?
We offer several manufacturing processes to our customers. By far, the most popular processes are Cloisonné and Acid Etched Soft Enamel. You must consider how much detail your pin will require because some processes may not be suited to your design. For example: If exact color matching is required, some processes can’t be used. Review the processes offered and take a look at quality samples. When in doubt, forward your design sketch for a professional recommendation.

What is included in the price of a custom pin?
We can only answer this question using our own policies. Our base price includes standard shapes, gold or nickel plating, up to five colors of your choice, an epoxy dome (if applicable), a military clutch back or safety pin attachment and individual poly bag packaging.

I’ve heard that I must pay a die charge in order to have a custom pin made?
Again, we can only answer this question using our own policies. While it’s true that the majority of lapel pin suppliers make customers pay die and set-up charges, that’s NOT our practice. Die charges for custom pins can range from $75 to $300 or more from other sources. M. Warren & Co. is a DIRECT supplier. Due to the volume of custom fraternal lapel pins we sell, we are able to pass incredible savings on to our customers. With M. Warren & Co. there are NEVER any lapel pin die charges, set-up charges or color match fees.

How many pins should I order?
The answer to this question depends on several factors. Whether the pins are to be sold or distributed at no cost; the size of the organization; in what time frame will the pins be distributed; etc. We suggest that you be conservative. You don’t want to get “stuck” with a bunch left over. Besides, you can always order more.

How long will it take to manufacture my custom pin?
In general, we ask that our customers allow six to eight weeks. By allowing ample time you won’t have to worry about your order being delayed. Also, you’ll avoid rush charges and expensive express delivery costs.
We have specialized in custom fraternal lapel pins for over eight years. Notice that we said FRATERNAL lapel pins. Fratline (TM) has quickly become the best known name in custom fraternal lapel pins and emblems. Of course, there are a number of companies from which you could purchase your custom pin, but none have the combined years of experience, involvement in the organizations and the best guarantee – 100% Satisfaction.

We’re sure you agree that it makes sense to order from folks who know about your organization and understand your needs. We are proud members of most of the organizations that we serve. Because we specialize, we have compiled one of the most complete libraries of fraternal emblems available.

When you choose M. Warren & Co. to supply your custom pins, you can depend on: the best selection to fill your needs, quality to meet your demands, competitive pricing to fit your budget and on-time delivery to meet your schedule.

Thanks for reading!
By B. Shawn Warren, CEO
Fratline Emblematics by M. Warren & Co.

Shawn Warren is President of M. Warren & Co. located in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a member and past presiding officer of several fraternal organizations. Since 1991, M. Warren & Co. has been supplying fraternal groups and associations with custom lapel pins, emblematic jewelry and souvenirs. Fratline Emblematics has quickly become the best known name in custom fraternal lapel pins and emblems nationwide. M. Warren & Co. is listed with the Jeweler’s Board of Trade, Kentucky Manufacturer’s Register and the Advertising Specialty Institute. In 1996, Shawn received certification from the Gemological Institute of America as an insurance replacement appraiser. He is also a graduate of the Drouhard National Jewelers School, Columbus, Ohio.

Client Testimonials


“M. Warren & Co. provided me the very highest quality products on time and on budget!  From my Potentate‘s pins to my cups and napkins, I‘m very satisfied and I‘d order from them again in a New York second.  They handled my orders they way I would have done it myself.”

Tom Huppert
Osman Shriners
St. Paul, MN

“I contacted Shawn at M. Warren & Co. for help in designing and ordering my pin for 2001.  Also the pin and patch for the Northeast 2001.  I have nothing but the highest regard for their help on all of my projects.  The service and communication were excellent.  After talking to other counterparts and members of the local lodges and consistory, they called and placed orders themselves and they are all very satisfied.”

Charlie Dorman
Pyramid Shriners
Milford, CT

“Dear Shawn:  I am extremely happy with the entire process of dealing with you and your organization.  From the first time we talked on the telephone to the shipment of my completed order, you have been nothing short of magnificent to deal with.  The first time we spoke on the phone in the fall of 1999, as we developed plans for the final result, you worked with great patience in order to make sure that I was extremely satisfied with each step of the process.  As we progressed through the year, you made several changes to my pin design and we exchanged many phone calls and letters until the sample arrived at my door in October, 2000.  I cannot say how happy I am about the final result and how proud I feel to wear my Potentate‘s pin.  Thank you Shawn for making me a proud customer of Fratline!”

Greg Lewis
Rajah Shriners
Reading, PA

“The quality of my Potentate‘s pin is outstanding.  Based on the quantity I ordered, it was the best value in years.  You have done everything as agreed.  If everyone else was as professional, this would have been a much easier year of planning.”

Albert Tenney
Beni Kedem Shriners
Charleston, WV

“The basic problem most people in my position have is not knowing exactly what we want.  M. Warren & Co. puts this aside by demonstrating a product… often in several samples from which to choose.  The quality of the designs and proofs are exceptional.  Adjustments are made in a timely manner and before you know it, you have a product that is yours.  They were real responsive and personal.  Attention to my needs was very perceptive and accurate.”

Ron Ashby
Kena Shriners
Fairfax, VA

“It is unbelievable that in this day and age somebody actually does what they promise they will do.  I was told that if I ordered by a certain date I would receive a drawing of my pin… I did!  I was told that I would receive a sample of my pin in October… I did!  I was told that I would have my completed order by mid-December… I did!  I didn‘t have to pay until January.  What a pleasure it was doing business with such a great company.  I tell everyone I come in contact with what a great experience this has been.  An unexpected surprise!”

Robert F. Kueper
Orak Shriners
Michigan City, IN

“Having heard positive responses to my inquiries of others, I contacted M. Warren & Co. and faxed them a rough sketch of my pin design.  The next day I received a fax copy of a professionally designed pin which was exactly what I had in mind.  We discussed the colors, etc. and I was mailed a full color design of the pin.  I was happy with the final design and especially the price.  I immediately signed and returned the contract.  Needless to say, when I received the prototype of my pin I was excited.  It looked even better than I had expected.  The bulk of my order was delivered, properly counted and bagged as per agreement.  My experience with M. Warren & Co. has been a totally professional and pleasurable one.  I wouldn‘t hesitate to recommend them to anyone.”

Bill Brown
Egypt Shriners
Tampa, FL

“I was very well pleased with the pin design that you offered.  The quality of my pins is great and I was extremely pleased with the price.  My order arrived early so now I don’t have to worry about my pins not being here on time.  The way you handled my order from beginning to end was excellent and I have already recommended your company to others.”

William F. “Digger” Young, Jr.
Syria Shriners
Pittsburgh, PA

“I found your company to be very friendly… easy to do business with.  Nothing was ever a problem.  My pin looks great.  Even the small lettering is easy to read.  Ordering was easy… a phone call, a fax and we were done!  You were always available when I needed to talk to you.  Your price was very competitive and your delivery time outstanding.  No hassle – just down to earth business.  I got the best price the first time and didn‘t have to “wheel and deal.”

Richard Villhauer
Kaaba Shriners
Davenport, IA

“I first learned about your company from a mailing.  I was very satisfied with the way you helped me with my pin design.  I was amazed at how quickly you completed my order and the quality of my pin was outstanding.  I found your price to be very competitive for the quantity of pins I ordered.  Ordering from you was very easy.  After I faxed my order, you followed up with a phone call and you were always available when I had a question.
You made paying for my order convenient and I was very satisfied with speed, quality and politeness of your company.  I am sure that your business will continue to grow.  It’s nice to know that you really care about your customers.”

Michael D. Thomas
Nemesis Shriners
Parkersburg, WV

“After receiving your mailing, my wife sent you a sketch of the design that I wanted.  I was very pleased with the way you were able to take the drawing and design my pin.  The quality was excellent and a very good value for the price.  I won’t be using my pin until next year, but I have shown it to several Nobles and they thought it was great!  I appreciate the fast service and was surprised at how easy it was; we did the whole thing by fax and phone.  Be assured, if I should ever need pins again, I’ll give you guys a call.”

Bucky Richards, Jr.
Zembo Shriners
Harrisburg, PA

“Gentlemen:  We received the pins that we ordered from you late last year and I wanted to write to you and let you know what a superb job your company did.  The finished product was even nicer in appearance than I expected, and the delivery was ahead of the schedule we agreed on.  The price was great, the service was super.  Thanks so much for your attention to our order.”

Dean F. Bard
El Zagal Shriners
Fargo, ND

“Absolutely exceeded all my expectations!  Their service could not be any better.  Two telephone calls, two faxes.  Shawn advised me that he was the best and he seemed truly excited about the design.  He promised that he would make me happy.  I can tell you, they are as good as it gets!”

C. Ray Burke
Marzuq Shriners
Tallahassee, FL

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