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Brass-Plated Plaques

Fig. 1 - This photo shows a brass-plated wall plaque for the US Probation Office carved in 3-D bas-relief. The artwork, border and text is high-polished, and the background has a dark bronze patina applied to the underlying brass.



Welcome to our photo Gallery for our custom brass-plated metal plaques, where we show over 50 examples of various styles of these plaques. We design and fabricate hundreds of beautiful  custom 3-D bas-relief and 2.5-D flat relief brass plaques each year for courts, federal and state governments, military units, courts, universities, fraternities & sororities, clubs, corporations,  and  homes.  Each  plaque is custom crafted  by our experienced and skilled craftsmen and artisans. We use  several techniques to provide increased contrast to make these  authentic brass plaques more attractive and increase their readability such as dark patina and dark brown or black paint. We also make Brass plaques that utilize other features, such as 24K gold-leaf, digitally-printed colored vinyl photos, and engraved brass plates. All our brass  plaques are  moisture-proof, non-fading, graffiti-resistant and long-lasting, and can be placed outdoors as well as indoors. Fig 1 below shows an example of one of our brass-plated plaques.

Brass is the most popular metal for plating our plaques, probably because it is bright and shiny and has a gold-like appearance. Brass is a metallic alloy that is made of copper and zinc. In antiquity, it was polished and used for mirrors. It is extensively used today for military and police insignia and badges, as well as many industrial applications. It is also used for architectural features on buildings such as domes, where it gives the appearance of gold when illuminated by the sun.  Our brass plating  is indistinguishable from solid, foundry-cast brass.

This Gallery describes and shows over fifty  examples of our custom brass-plated plaques. We offer  several choices for shape, colors and surface finishes.  The prices for each of these different styles of brass plaques is given on the PRICE  webpage , listed under Style Categories 1.2.3 & 1.2.4  for several  typical plaque sizes. Brass 3-D bas-relief plaques have higher prices than 2.5-D flat-relief plaques because of the additional labor and time to carve and hand-sand  the High-Density-Urethane (HDU) substrate that is plated with the brass veneer.  The plaque background can be smooth or can have a sandstone or wood grain texture. 


The brass metal can be given several different shades of color, from gold to dark yellow to white-yellow, depending on how it is mixed. It can be combined with bronze  to lighten it, or nickel-silver to make it whiter.  After the brass-plating has been applied, the elevated areas are polished and burnished. The more highly polished it is, the lighter and shinier the brass surface  it will be.

Hand-Rubbed Paint or Patina. The background of a brass plaque can be lightly polished, in which case it has a  dull gold color. After the brass-plating has been applied, the background can be given a patina ( a coating which chemically combines with the metal, usually with oxidation, changing its color), or alternatively painted, with several color choices, some of which are shown in the photos below. One technique that produces a very handsome plaque is to apply a dark patina to the background and high polish the text, art and borders, improving contrast and readability.  Another technique we  commonly use  is to hand-rub dark brown , dark bronze, or black paint into the background and on top of the polished brass lettering and artwork, then wipe the paint off while it is still wet, giving an antique look to the plaque.   We finish the plaque by applying two clear coats to the finished brass plaque to protect it from oxidizing. 

Artist-Painted. Our artists can also paint  some areas of  our brass plaques in muted or vibrant colors. The background can be painted lighter or darker than the bronze, or it can be painted in  blue, red, or green colors to enhance contrast. Artwork can be artist-painted in many colors, and text can be artist-painted in black or bronze colors.

Giclee Photo Appliques. Cast vinyl full-color, sepia or gray scale giclee photo appliques can be mounted on flat areas of any of our brass-plated plaques. This technique results in beautiful and elegant  memorial or commemorative plaques, where the clarity and accuracy of a photo is enhanced by the 3-D bas relief artwork and 2.5-D text, background and border of the brass metal.



The prices for these styles  or various size plaques is given on the PRICE  webpage (click here or on PRICE in gold masthead) , listed under Style Categories 1.2.3 and 1.2.4.  Or, you can fill out and submit our on-line Request a quote form. You can also call or email us for a price quote on a specific plaque.  One of our  knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Representatives, Christie, Regina, or Liz, will respond to your request promptly.  You can call us at 951-698-8484 or email us at info@artsignworks.comWe will work with you to design and build the exact plaque you want. We take great pride in every product we make for our valued clients. We offer a 2 year warranty on all our products, and our indoor plaques will last many decades without degradation.


You can go to another Section or Gallery page by clicking on an item in the pull-down menus in the gold masthead at the top of the page.  You  can search for a specific plaque type (e.g., "FBI" ) by entering the key word in the search box in the upper right of the gold masthead. You can view a list and use the navigation bar for all 24  Gallery types by viewing the silver box on the left side of the HOME  page. You can also view different types of plaques for different customer groups (e.g., State Courts or US Coast Guard) by clicking on the TYPE section in the gold masthead above.  You can view a description of all of the different plaque styles by clicking on  the plaque  STYLE section also listed in the gold masthead. 

To request information, a design, a quote, or to place an order, click on the text (e.g., "contact ", " quote", " file" or " order")  in the upper  right of the gold masthead at the top of this page.  All prices are given on the PRICE page in the gold masthead. 

For more information on design options, prices and delivery times, please call us at 951-698- 8484 or email us at, and our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives Christie, Regina or Liz will be pleased to help you.