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WHAT WE MAKE IT ON


METALS:

BRASS
This is the classic metal for producing brass memorial and commemorative plates, as well as signage. We engrave this deeply with a rotary engraver and fill the letters with enamel paint - normally black. The brass can be kept brightly polished or allowed to tarnish.

Engraved brass is proven to last for hundreds of years, we use only the highest quality engravers brass. This is a traditional and long established material also known as ‘clock brass’ it differs from most other brasses in that it has small amounts of lead added to the copper and zinc to make a more easily worked alloy. We stock this in 2 thicknesses 1.5mm and 3mm. For signs up to 300mm (1ft) wide 1.5mm is fine, larger than this 3mm is better.

JEWELLER'S BRASS
This is much thinner than standard brass, typically 0.75mm with a lacquered finish and is used for trophies and awards and is not suitable for rotary engraving, only diamond drag engraving. There is also a cheap substitute known generically as ‘trophy aluminium’, which is a thin aluminium sheet with a coloured anodised front. Neither of these materials is really suitable for use outdoors.

Cleaning brass
Use a standard brass cleaner like ‘brasso’ and then polish off with an old towel or any cloth with a good nap, this will help to lift the dirty polish out of the lettering. Alternatively use liquid brasso as well as the wadding type, if the plate is really tarnished. If you have made a lot of mess on the brass wash it in mild soap and warm water and then dry well, finish off with a soft cloth.
If you have a really tarnished plate, you can return it to us for renovation.

BRONZE
This is a harder and quite a bit more expensive than brass. We rotary engrave the bronze (this takes quite a bit longer than engraving brass) and then paint fill the letters. Traditionally, bronze is paint filled with white paint, the bronze is supplied polished and then allowed to tarnish down to a dark brown. The white lettering is then clearly legible. Because of its hardness, it is often used in the harshest environments.

ALUMINIUM
We rotary engrave on hard anodised aluminium, and the lettering can then be filled with a coloured paint. This is extremely durable and is very resistant to tarnish but will tarnish more in salt water environments.
Coloured finishes are also available (commonly red, blue, black and gold), these engrave to a whitish colour when engraved with a laser engraver to reveal fantastic detail.

STAINLESS STEEL
This the hardest metal available and takes quite a long time to rotary engrave, which can be done in a similar way to the other metals. We specialise in using ‘Cermark’ which is a technique using the laser engraver and a special marking paste. This marks with a rich black colour and is extremely durable and cost effective.

 

PLASTIC LAMINATES:
These are available in a variety of types and qualities and have a range of trade names according to who makes them. What they all have in common is that they are made up of 2 or 3 normally coloured sheets bonded together. The top surface (CAP) is cut away by the engraving process to reveal a different colour in the layer below (CORE).
Some materials are 3 ply and can be engraved on both sides.
Reverse laminates consist of a clear core layer with a coloured cap layer. The cap is engraved with reversed lettering and the lettering is then painted in, this leaved the front completely smooth.
Most laminates are available in a gloss or matt finish - matt is generally easier to read.

MICROSURFACE LAMINATES
These consist of a very thin cap layer on the core, they can usually be engraved with a laser, as well as a rotary engraver. They give very fine engraving and graphics. There are also some superb metallic and coloured materials available, some are finished with coatings to make them more durable. We don’t recommend these for long term use outdoors.
These are fairly flexible laminates and can be fixed with double sided tape or screwing.

RIGID LAMINATES
Also known as phenolics or generically as Traffolyte which actually an old trade name and is no longer manufactured. This is a relatively inexpensive material which is available in a fairly limited range of colours, but it produces extremely durable signs and labels with fine detail. Only available with a gloss finish and only suitable for rotary engraving.

ACRYLIC LAMINATES
These have a thicker cap layer and are the most expensive laminates, however they are extremely durable outdoors and make virtually indestructible signage. They come in a large range of colours. We use the highest quality laminates on the market and they are as fade resistant as you can get. They are fairly flexilble.

ACRYLICS e.g. PERSPEX
This comes in cast or extruded sheets, in clear and coloured. This material can be laser cut into individual letters or signs which have lovely shiny edges. Acrylics engrave really nicely and the engraving is usually paint filled to give the requited colour. Extremely durable

WOOD
We source most of our wood locally from the Local Wood shop in Minehead.

RECLAIMED wood - this is wood which is left over from an industrial process, and is usually too small to use in that process and so is either burned or sent to landfill. (we sourced Exmoor oak offcuts from Bernard Dru Oak in Timberscombe to make all of the ‘right to roam’ waymarkers for Exmoor Notional Park, this timber was sorted from bagged floorboard offcuts sold as firewood - Exmoor wood returned to the National Park - it doesn’t come greener than that!!)

RECYCLED wood has been made into a product such as furniture and has reached the end of its life. This is often wonderful wood and makes very stable housesigns etc

LOCAL WOOD is wood that has been grown dried and sawn locally in sustainaible way.