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Bronze Plaque Image Treatments
This is a sample of the most popular image treatments used on a plaque. There are many others that are now available. Images of people, places, buildings, logos, seals, insignias, etc. may be incorporated into a plaque using these techniques and others. Each year, new techniques are being introduced. The best method depends upon many factors including the artwork available, the appearance you desire, the installation location and your budget. Please call us so we may assist you in the design of your plaque.
Bas Relief
Image of sculpted bas relief as used on a bronze plaque

A bas (a French word, pronounced baa) relief is a three dimensional, hand-sculptured image. During this process, a clay model is sculpted and proofs (in the form of photographs of the clay sculpting) are supplied for your review, comment, and approval.  Since this is a hand modeling process (as opposed to a computer generated model), some degree of artistic interpretation is involved.  When the clay model is approved, the clay is used as a pattern to cast the bronze.

We can produce cast plaques with a bas relief in as little as 10 working days.  We recommend allowing 12 weeks for this process to give you adequate time to review the sculpting effort and request any changes that may be required.

Flat Relief
Image of flat relief as used on a bronze plaque

A flat relief image treatment is a flat-surfaced two dimensional image. In the image on the left, the bronze colored area is raised 1/8" above the background - the same as the letters are raised above the background.  During this process, proofs are supplied for your review, comment, and approval. Since this is a hand drawing process (as opposed to a computer generated model), some degree of artistic interpretation is involved.

Etched Halftone - Metal Photo
Image of a etched halftone as used on a bronze plaque

An etched halftone or metal photo is a monochrome (black and white) image that uses an etched dot pattern (similar to that seen in newspaper photographs) etched into an 1/8" plate.  The metal plate is then mechanically fastened to the plaque.   The image of the photograph you supply will be scanned and then etched into the metal plate.  If needed, our artists can remove backgrounds and make almost any change required (added fee).

An etched halftone is only usable indoors while a metal photo may be used outdoors.

Ceramic Tile
Image of Color Tile as used on a bronze plaque

Ceramic tiles are available in many sizes and can be done in grey scale or color.  Tiles are used when color, detail or are both required.

This is a partial gallery of image treatments that can be used on a plaque. Each year, new techniques are being introduced. The best method depends upon many factors. Please call us so we may assist you in selecting the most appropriate method to use for the design of your plaque.