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Choosing the Ideal Custom Medals Supplier

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing the Ideal Custom Medals Supplier

There are different types of awards in the market, so selecting the perfect item can be challenging. The right choice for your situation will depend on factors such as the preference and the type of event. One of the most valued award designs is the medal. This is a flat and small piece of metal shaped as a round or ovoid object. The surface is fabricated to display images and inscriptions related to the awarding system. These are ideal for presenting to individuals as a way to recognise exceptional sports performance, professional accomplishments and even academic achievements. If you are responsible for finding good medals for an event, it is important to identify an ideal supplier. Consider these outlined aspects with regard to the preferred awards dealer before making an order for custom medals. Materials Medals are primarily fabricated using metals so they are durable and resistant to accelerated wear. High-end medals are made from platinum, gold and silver. These materials are very expensive, therefore they are not suitable for casual events and awards. If you are interested in obtaining high-quality metal medals without the exorbitant expenses, you should consider choosing bronze and copper for your custom items. Bronze is an alloy of copper, tin as well as other metals such as aluminium and nickel. The material has a reddish hue which provides great aesthetics. Copper is reddish-orange and fairly inexpensive, so it is perfect for events where several individuals must be awarded. You can also request your fabricator to make tin and iron medals but you will need to use a more appealing metal for plating. Finally, you should inquire about custom plastic medals from your supplier for large-scale participation awards, especially for children’s sports events. Design Options In the past, custom medals were moulded, cast or even sculpted to create the required designs. The styling of the awards has not changed but the technology behind the design has improved considerably. You can request your supplier for three-dimensional sculpting of the medal if you have an intricate design. However, back stamping will also allow you to obtain custom images and inscriptions without the high expenses. There are also cut-out styles which allow unique shaping of the medal for a personalised look. Additionally, inquire about colour-filling because it can improve the appearance of cheap materials. Budget Considerations Finally, you should ensure that your preferred medal provides fair prices for the custom products. Ideally, there should be a discounted price for bulk fabrication and delivery should be relatively low or free for numerous medals. Keep these things in mind when communicating with awards dealers, like Scotia...

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Repairing an Old Plaster Picture Frame

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many antique picture frames featured corner markings and adornments that were added to the wooden frame to give a stylish look. Over time the plaster will degrade, and many picture frames look to be in a state of disrepair because of this. It is possible to restore the plaster, and give the whole frame a new lease of life. This article looks at the process involved when restoring an antique plaster frame. Remove Badly Damaged Areas Before starting to mould and cast, it is necessary to remove all of the parts of the frame that are damaged beyond repair. Do this by carefully removing any parts that are too damaged to fix, and ensure that you give the frame a thorough clean. In some cases, you may need to use a very fine grade of sandpaper to remove some of the plaster. Once this is done, you can proceed to take a mould of the plaster pieces that remain. Moulding You can purchase a professional grade of modeling putty that can be pressed into the surviving plaster adornments. In many cases, the putty will take a couple of days to fully cure, but an excellent representation of the adornment will be reproduced. To get the putty off the frame when it is fully dry, you can lightly brush the area with oil. Be careful not to disturb the imprint in any way. Casting You can also purchase a good quality plaster frame restorer from most art and craft shops, or from picture framing professionals. The actual casting itself is fairly straightforward. Be careful when using the plaster of paris, and ensure that none escapes the mould by sealing any corners with the modeling putty. Make sure the consistency of the plaster is perfect by following the instructions. The plaster will also take some time to dry fully. Attach To Frame Once the casts are ready, you can start to attach them to the frame. This part of the restoration is by far the longest, as it takes a steady hand and patience to fit the casts onto the frame. Make sure you are patient and don’t work on the project if you have limited time. Leave it until you do have enough time. You will indubitably need to fix the casts onto the frame in sections, as it would take too long to do in one session. Repaint Once the casts are on the frame, you can choose a color and begin to bring it back to life by painting the frame. This is where you can begin to see some rewards for your hard work. You can add gold paint or gilding onto the adornments to really make the plaster replacements enhance the...

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