Cast Plaques

Portrait Options

Portrait Options - Jeff Photo - Portrait Options

SIGN 2000 has many options to honor or memorialize that special person. Send us the photo and choose from one of the three options shown below.

Portrait Options - Photo etch - Portrait OptionsPHOTO ETCH

The etching process allows you to forever replicate your photograph, line drawing or complex artwork.
This method utilizes a halftone dot pattern made from a 50-line screen. Halftone portraits resemble newspaper photographs, and have visible dot patterns. The etched, recessed dots are black infilled to contrast with the satin finished metal background. The best photographs for halftone etched protraits 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. Halftone etchings are not available in aluminum.

 

 

 

Portrait Options - RWagner - Portrait Options 

Single Line Border – Brown Pebble Background – With Bas Relief  

 

 

 Portrait Options - Bas Relief - Portrait Options

 

 

 

 

Portrait Options - LynetteWilson - Portrait Options 

Single Line Border – Black Stipple Background – Two Etched Photo Inserts

We start with a photograph. Although we can use almost any quality photograph, the better the image the better the modeling effort. Remember, the finished image will be an artists interpretation of this photograph. An image of this clay model is sent to you via email for your comments or approval. When approved, the clay model is used for the bronze casting process. While the clay model is a monotone, the finished bronze casting contains highlights. The bas relief is mechanically attached to the plaque background. Overall height of around 6" to 9" with a finished depth of 3/4" to 1".

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Sculpturing Guidelines

Provide more than one picture of the person so the sculptor can discern

straight hair, wavy hair, etc. But select which picture the bas is to bebased upon.

• If the picture to be sculpted has a pin, brooch, or patch on the apparel,

keep in mind that on a 6” high sculpture, that image is only about 1/4” to3/4” high, and detail cannot be achieved in the sculpting process. Moreoften than not, it is better to leave these adornments off instead of thefinished product looking like there is a “blob” on the shirt.

• The sculpture is done right off the picture provided, with the same width

of head, neck and shoulders. We cannot make a person look “10 yearsyounger” nor can features such as mustache, eyebrows or hair behighlighted. Highlighting is done in the casting and finishing process ofmanufacturing, not sculpting.

• If a picture provided is poor or has bad lighting, tell us if the person has

wavy, straight or curly hair. Often by the picture we cannot tell what thehair texture is and must go by what it appears to be.

• Changes made to sculptures that were not on the picture provided could

result in scrapping out the entire first sculpture and would result in a newsculpture charge. Be realistic with changes

• The smaller the bas relief, the harder it is to capture the essence of the

person. Details of the face, such as cheekbones, wrinkles, etc., cannot beindicated on these as well as larger sculptures.

• The bigger and higher resolution pictures produce the best sculpturing

results.

• Dark clothing does not show where the collar or shirt stops and starts.

Please lighten pictures with light clothing.

• Many times rank emblems are so small we cannot tell what the actual

shape is. Please type up a description or draw a sketch.

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BAS-RELIEF

Portrait Options - Photo Insert - Portrait Options

‘s photo inserts use a standard-sized ceramic blank as its base. A photograph is scanned at high resolution and a digital transfer is produced and applied to the blank. A clear glaze is applied over this transfer, and the insert is fired in a kiln. The resulting product is an exact color (or black & white) permanent reproduction on a ceramic base.

PHOTO INSERT

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Optional Finishes

NOTE: All patinas, by their very nature, will vary from plaque to plaque and order to order and will change over time. Patina finishes may "bleed" onto the installation surface when installed outside. Patina finish is available on smooth texture only.

 

 

SIGN 2000 Plaque - Optional Parrot Green Patina Finish Optional Finishes - Parrot - Optional Finishes

DARK OXIDIZED

Light Oxidized Optional Finishes - LtOxidized - Optional Finishes

LIGHT OXIDIZED

SIGN 2000 Plaque - Optional Turquoise Patina Finish Optional Finishes - Turquoise - Optional Finishes

VERDE PATINA

SIGN 2000 Plaque - Optional Verde Patina Finish Optional Finishes - Verde - Optional Finishes
PARROT GREEN PATINA
Dark Oxidized Bronze Optional Finishes - DkOxidized - Optional Finishes
TURQUOISE PATINA

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Emblems

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EMBLEMS & LOGOS
SIGN 2000 has the capability to add a custom emblem or logo to your plaque in two different ways: One method the emblem/logo is made as part of the plaque. Detail is somewhat limited by the manufacturing process. The other method is to have the emblem/logo etched on a separate piece of metal and then attached to the plaque. This process has nearly no detail restrictions.

MILITARY SEALS

Military Seals by SIGN 2000 Emblems - MilitarySeals - Emblems
MILITARY SEALS
Official armed forces insignia are manufactured in solid bronze or aluminum and finished with four blind mount screw holes. Each seal is available in 18", 24", 30" & 36" diameters. Screws included with purchase. Choose from Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.
SIGN 2000 Cast Bronze Merrill Lynch Realty Plaque Emblems - MerrillLynch - Emblems
Four Corners Emblems - FourCorners - Emblems

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Mounting

 

Gemini Plaques Blind Mount Mounting - TypeA - Mounting
Threaded rods screwed into back of plaque and placed into cement filled holes.

TYPE A-BLIND MOUNT

Gemini Plaques Solid Wall Mount Mounting - TypeB - Mounting
Machine screws going through optional rosettes into cement filled holes.

TYPE B-SOLID WALL MOUNT

Gemini Plaques Hollow Wall Mount Mounting - TypeC - Mounting
Installation using toggle bolts with optional rosettes for hollow or drywall mount.

TYPE C-HOLLOW WALL MOUNT

Gemini Plaques Wood Wall Mount Mounting - TypeD - Mounting
Installation into wood surfaces using wood screws and optional rosettes.

TYPE D-WOOD WALL MOUNT

Gemini Plaques Garden Stake Mount Mounting - TypeE - Mounting
Machine screws going through 3/8" thick black anodized stakes into back of plaque. Maximum plaque size is 12" x 8" for 1 stake or 20" x 8" for 2 stakes.

TYPE E-GARDEN STAKE MOUNT

Gemini Plaques Square Post Mount Mounting - TypeF - Mounting Black enamel-coated steel square posts attach to the back of the plaque with machine screws. Post can be welded with an angle you specify.

TYPE F-SQUARE POST MOUNT

ROSETTES

Gemini Plaques R-1 Rosette Mounting - R 1 - Mounting
1/2", 3/4", 1" & 1-1/2"

R-1

Gemini Plaques R-2 Rosette Mounting - R2 - Mounting
1/2", 3/4", 1" & 1-1/2"

R-2

Gemini Plaques R-3 Rosette Mounting - R 3 - Mounting
1" & 1-1/2"

R-3

Gemini Plaques Wood Wall Mount Mounting - R4 - Mounting
1" & 1-1/2"

R-4

Mounting - R 5 - Mounting
1/2", 3/4" & 1"

R-5

Mounting - R 6 - Mounting
1" & 1-1/2"

R-6

Mounting - R 7 - Mounting
1" & 1-1/2"

R-7

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Materials


Bronze
Satin Bronze Plaque Materials - Gemini Brnz Nat Satin - Materials Polished Bronze Plaque Materials - Gemini Brnz Polish - Materials
SATIN FINISH POLISHED FINISH
PRIME BRONZE (220 Commercial) is used for bronze plaques. This alloy is lead and mercury free. Plaque faces are stroke-sanded with baked enamel backrounds before being clear-coated and oven-baked with a two part hardened acrylic polyurethane.
Brass
Satin Brass Plaque Materials - Gemini Brass Satin - Materials Polished Brass Plaque Materials - Gemini Brass Pol - Materials
SATIN FINISH POLISHED FINISH
PRIME BRASS (C46400) is used for brass plaques. Plaque faces are stroke-sanded with baked enamel backgrounds before being clear-coated and oven-baked with a two part hardened acrylic polyurethane.
Aluminum
Satin Aluminum Plaque Materials - Gemini Alum Sand Plq - Materials Polished Aluminum Plaque Materials - Gemini Alum Polish - Materials
SATIN FINISH POLISHED FINISH
PRIME ALUMINUM (#5052) is used for aluminum plaques. Plaque faces are stroke-sanded with baked enamel backgrounds before being clear-coated and oven-baked with a two part hardened acrylic polyurethane.


Gallery
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