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Memorial Plaques - A Tutorial -Emblems and Image Treatments

General

Options are available to enhance a memorial plaque through the use of standard or custom emblems as well as custom portraits.

Emblems - Standard

There are over 9,000 standard emblems in our library, including many civic and fraternal organizations, religious groups, government agencies, and armed services. These emblems are often available in an assortment of sizes to fit different-sized plaques. They may have flat relief or sculpted bas-relief.

Flat Relief

Bas-relief

Emblems - Custom

Virtually any emblem, seal, logo or crest can be cast in one of two ways:

Flat Relief Emblems

Line details are raised the same height as the raised copy. We require camera-ready art or an electronic file to photographically reproduce the emblem.

Bas-relief Emblems

Many emblems or logos lend themselves to a multi-level design for incorporation into a memorial plaque. We will either sculpt the image in clay from your artwork (photograph, drawing or black & white art) or model it using our computer-aided 3-D model maker.

Portraits

Portraits of people, places or events may be incorporated onto a bronze plaque using a variety of techniques. The best method depends upon many factors including the artwork available, the final appearance, the installation location and budget.

Bas-Relief Portraits

A top-of-the-line reproduction, our sculptors use photographs to model a dimensional, low relief clay sculpture of the subject.

Once the clay sculpture is approved, a sand mold is made and a cast metal version is produced. The cast bas-relief is hand-finished and mechanically attached to the background of the plaque.

While most commonly associated with portraits, bas-reliefs are particularly effective for depicting buildings, historical vignettes and many logos.

Bas-reliefs are suitable for interior or exterior applications.

Flat Relief Portraits

An economical alternative to a bas-relief, this method begins with a black & white rendering of the subject. Once approved, a photopolymer pattern is produced. A raised image, two-level metal casting is manufactured and applied to the memorial plaque.

Flat relief portraits are suitable for exterior and interior applications.

Etched Portraits

This process utilizes a halftone dot pattern acid-etched on .100" thick bronze plate. The etched, recessed dots are infilled with black to contrast with the satin-finished background.

The best photographs for etched portraits have high contrast tones with bright white areas, dense black areas, and minimal grey tones. Photos that are monotone or have muted colors will produce poor halftone etchings. Etched portraits are recommended for interior use only.

Photoceramic Portraits

A photoceramic portrait uses a standard-sized ceramic blank as its base material. A photograph is scanned at high resolution and a digital transfer is produced and applied to the ceramic. A clear glaze is applied over this transfer, and the ceramic piece is cured in a kiln. The resulting product is an exact color (or black & white) permanent reproduction on a ceramic base.

While this product is suitable for interior or exterior applications on memorial plaques, the ceramic base itself is not vandal-resistant.

Metalphoto™ Portraits

Metalphoto uses a photosensitive aluminum sheet, available in either satin aluminum or gold-tone aluminum. The sheet is exposed using a film negative made from a photograph using a UV light source. The copy (or image) is produced in a permanent black image on the plate.

Metalphoto is recommended when the only art available is extremely detailed or the image itself does not have a lot of contrast (old photos, for example). This method can be used in interior and exterior applications on memorial plaques.

 

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