The metal is normally bronze. In some cases aluminum casting may be available. A sand mold is made with the text and graphics. The mold can also use wood or a polymer. Once the pattern is made, a fine sand/epoxy mixture is poured around and over the pattern. This is called the “investment”. It is packed down and the pattern is removed leaving the image of the pattern in the sand. Molten bronze is poured into the pattern, cooled and then the rough plaque is formed. This have a unique look, can have a sand texture, curves and require patterns that allow for the pour to flow.
Precision Machined Plaques
We use a computer generated pattern with the letters and other features in 3D. Taking this pattern to a CNC router we translate this to a machine readable form. Starting with a blank metal sheet (1/4”, 5/16” thicknesses are common) we use a CNC router to cut away the parts not needed. This have a different look and feel compared to the etched or cast plaques.
Brass and Bronze Plaques are ideal for contractors, architects, landscape artists, and corporate clients. They use these in Churches, Synagogues, government buildings, schools, historic buildings, parks, universities, memorials and dedications.
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Materials: The 2 most common materials are Brass and bronze. In some cases glass is an alternative as well
Brass is a copper and zinc alloy that melts at about 900C. Brass is commonly used for door knobs, plumbing, gars, and plaques. It is yellow – like gold
Bronze is copper and Tin alloy (with trace additives of silicon and manganese) that melts at about 950C. This is a more durable choice and good for ships or seaside use. You see this material in ship fittings, props, bearings, sculptures and plaques. It is reddish.