Emblems and Image Treatments for Bronze Plaques
Options are available to enhance and personalize a bronze plaque
through the use of standard or custom emblems as well as custom portraits.
Emblems - Standard
We have over 9,000 standard emblems 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
bronze plaques. They may have flat relief or sculpted 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.
Divider bars like our standard designs shown below can be easily added
between lines of text to act as a separator and to visually enhance the plaque.
Many emblems or logos lend themselves to a multi-level design for incorporation
into a bronze 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
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.
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 bronze 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 bronze plaque.
Flat relief portraits are suitable for exterior and interior applications.
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.
A photoceramic portrait uses a standard-sized ceramic blank as
its base material. A photograph is scanned at high resolution and
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
product is an exact color (or black & white) permanent reproduction
on a ceramic base.
this product is suitable for interior or exterior applications on
bronze plaques, the ceramic
base itself is not vandal-resistant.
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,
This method can be used in interior and exterior applications on bronze
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