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PLAQUE DESIGN OPTIONS

Below are some of the standard border styles, colors and mounting options available.   Please keep in mind that plaques can be almost any size and shape — you are not limited to certain dimensions or proportions, and there is generally no additional charge for odd shapes or measurements.
 
There are some more "traditional" plaque color combinations, but changing background colors can certainly make a plaque more interesting for certain situations and locations.  Adding logos or graphics is also possible.
 
Just tell me what you have in mind and let me see what I can do with it.
I'm happy to make suggestions if you're not sure!

Plaque Materials

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The traditional plaque material — reddish gold raised letters & border

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Silver raised letters and border, lighter in weight, and can cost 10% to 30% less than bronze, depending on overall plaque size.

Precision Tooled Plaque Profile

Plaque Production Methods

Cast

Precision-tooled

(machined)

This is the most cost-effective method of production.  The background of plaque is machined from a solid slab of bronze or aluminum, leaving the raised letters and border.  The depth of plaque is usually 1/4" or 5/16", depending on material and overall plaque dimensions

In the traditional plaque-making method, a mold is crafted, and the plaque is cast in molten bronze or aluminum.  Instead of flat, the back of the plaque is recessed, allowing it to be much deeper without the added material (and weight) of a thick solid slab.  The plaque can be made virtually any depth from 3/8" for smaller plaques up to 1½" for very large plaques.

Cast plaque profile
 

BORDER STYLES

bronze and aluminum plaque border styles
 

BACKGROUND TEXTURES

Sand

Stipple

Pebble

Leatherette

Classic Leather

(CAST PLAQUES ONLY)

Standard Background Colors  (Other Colors Available)

Colors may not appear exactly correct because of screen differences.

The background color should provide sufficient contrast with the raised bronze letters.

Some of the most popular background colors are shown here, but other standard colors are available.

Dark oxide and brown are often considered "traditional" background colors for many bronze plaques, but other colors can work great!

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The background color should provide sufficient contrast with the raised brushed silver letters on aluminum plaques.

Some of the most popular background colors are shown here, but other standard colors are available.

Black is often considered the "traditional" background color for many aluminum plaques, but other colors can work great!

OXIDATION

A process to "age" the appearance of the plaque (bronze only)

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A chemical process to make the plaque look "aged"

Adds about 15% to the cost of the plaque.

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LIGHT

OXIDIZED

EXAMPLE

CLEAR COAT

"Satin" is standard

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All plaques receive a protective clear coat.

"Satin" finish is standard.  Other finishes may also be appropriate.

 

Rosettes (Optional Screw Covers)

plaque rosette screw covers

Exposed screw heads are painted to match the background color of the plaque.

Optional rosettes can cover the screw heads if desired

 

Surface Mounting Methods

plaque mounting methods
 

Garden Stake Mount (45°)

garden stake mounts for plaques

Black anodized aluminum stake.  Attaches to back side of plaque using machine screws.

Best suited for small plaques.

Available in overall lengths of 24", 36" and 48" (of course, some of that goes in the ground.)

Single Square Post Mount

(Adjust to 90° or 45°)

post mounts for plaques

Black anodized 1", 1.5" or 2" square aluminum tubing.  Attaches to back side of plaque using machine screws.

Can be set to 45° angle for low-mounted plaques, or 90° angle if mounting higher up.

Available in overall lengths of 72" and 96" (some of that goes in the ground and excess can be cut off.)

Square Post Back Mount

square post mounts for plaques

Provides a free standing plaque mount for plaques over 900 sq. in. Copy can be applied to front and back. For plaques with front copy only, the backs will be finished.

 

The square post side mount is a complete mounting system that ships with the plaque and includes the posts and hardware necessary for install.

Square Post Side Mount

Provides a free standing plaque mount for single sided applications.

 

The square post back mount is a complete in-ground mounting system that ships with the plaque and includes the posts and hardware necessary for install. Optional base plates for surface mounting are available. 

Contact Longview Graphics  today to get started!