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 Standard Flat Plaques

The Standard flat plaque is suitable for any occasion or purpose. Most commonly used for memorials, headstones and commemorative tribute purposes to:

Design a Standard Flat single bordered rectangular plaque with Text and Size requirements and submit for quote or Design a Custom flat memorial plaque for alternative shapes, backgrounds and colours.


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Book Style Plaques

A book style plaque gives a sense of telling a story with the impression of a book.

There are 3 Book Style plaques available in 2 standard sizes.

  • Flat book,
  • Raised Book
  • Loose Leaf Raised Book

Flat Book

The Flat Book styled plaque is a flat plaque that contains a book style border.

Raised Book

The Raised Book style has a substantial depth of approximately 3cm and has the effect of book pages layered up to the feature face around the edges.


Loose Leaf Raised Book

This type of Memorial Plaque has a base frame that looks like an open book with 2 removable “plaque pages”. It is designed for a memorial where a second inscription is likely to be added or updated at a later date.

One or both sides can be replaced with an updated “plaque page” at a later date.


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 Bevelled Edge Plaques

Choose a bevelled edge plaque when you want to give your plaque the sense of an elevated appearance or if the plaque is to be placed horizontally.

The edges of a bevelled edge plaque slope away from the feature face to the perimeter making the face wider than the outer edges. The bevelled edges along with small gaps in plaque borders enable water to run off to preserve the face of the plaque.


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Bronze Alloy

Bronze plaques are the popular choice for interior as well as exterior applications. Although the finish of bronze will naturally patina over time, the material itself will never deteriorate.

Objects made from bronze have been found submerged in seawater for over 3000 years still in excellent condition.

Bronze alloy specification. Equivalent to Copper Development Association Alloy C83600;
Generally 85% copper, 5% tin, 5% zinc, 5% lead.

Calculating the weight of a bronze plaque

The weight of a bronze plaque may be roughly estimated by calculating the plaque’s volume in cm (height x width x depth) x 8.7.

For most smaller plaques (under 90 cm x 80 cm) allow 0.65cm as the approximate depth. Use 0.9cm for plaques over 90cm x 80cm.

Example: For a 90 cm x 60cm plaque calculate 90 x 60 x 0.65 = 3510 cc x 8.7 = 30537 g.  The plaque’s estimated weight would be 30.54kg or  67 lbs.


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Aluminium Alloy

Aluminium plaques are more suited to indoor applications or where regular maintenance is possible and budget is a factor.

Aluminium plaques are cheaper due the lower cost per Kg of the Aluminium alloy and the aluminium alloy is also lighter. However Aluminium although corrosion resistant is not as resilient as Bronze.

The casting alloy of aluminium does not lend itself to polishing. Polished aluminium plaques are unavailable.

Aluminium Alloy specification. LM25
Generally 93% Aluminium, 7% Silicon.

Calculating the weight of an aluminium plaque

The weight of the plaque may be roughly estimated by calculating the plaque’s volume in cm (height x width x depth) x 2.7.

For most smaller plaques (under 90 cm x 80 cm) allow 0.65cm as the approximate depth. Use 0.9cm for plaques over 90cm x 80cm.

Example: For a 90 cm x 60cm plaque calculate 90 x 60 x 0.65 = 3510 cc x 2.7 = 9477 g.  The plaque’s estimated weight would be 9.5 kg or 21 lbs.

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Truly personalise and embellish a plaque by including graphics that have meaning and purpose, whether it be a logo, a favourite flower, an animal or object, or maybe it is an elegant and personally drawn art design.

If your graphic can be drawn with pen or within a computer application, it will be able to be included in your plaque design.

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Font-Text_Styles-626x576Once you have chosen the wording, you will need to to choose the font, size, format and layout for the design.

Consider what font styles and sizes will enhance the comprehension of the reader.

They can include LARGER or bolder text for prominence; elaborate wedding script style text for an elegant title line; clearly readable body text , or italics to distinguish  “comments or quotes”.

All of our bronze plaques / memorial plaques are custom made. They can be designed to your specific needs and contain the text you require.

We can accommodate virtually any content you may desire.

Take a look at some of Our Plaque Designs and if you do not see one that appeals to your purpose, please call our designers – we have a no cost and no obligation policy, and are here to assist you.

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The standard bronze plaque borders consist of flat borders and are available at no extra cost on all standard sizes. Some designs are not practical on small namestrips under 5cm in height.

(SE) Straight Edge  (no border)

Branding with Business Names - Skellern's

(3SL) Single Line 3mm wide  Mounting-countersink_screw
(5SL) Single Line 5mm wide  Border(BE)-bevelled_edge_1
(BE) Bevel Edge ?
(5SLBE) Single Line Bevel Edge 5mm border  Border(SL)-singleline
(DL) Double Line  Border(DL)-doubleline_1
(OB) Ornamental Borders  Example of Ornamental borders

We also have a range of ornamental borders including Maori designs, Cabbage Tree edging, or an open book effect, etc.

The additional cost of creating and finishing these ornamental designs is worth considering to give your plaque that distinctive look.

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Background Textures

Our creative bronze memorial plaques and headstones have been developed with four alternative background textures or floors for you to choose from giving enhanced or distinctive looks.

SandBG_Texture-Sand The standard Sand texture background or floor behind the lettering is the finish that is naturally produced when the moulding sand that contains the casting is formed against a flat board. Most plaques are produced with this background.
StippleBG_Texture-Stipple This background is the second most popular background chosen by our clients and has the effect of a wet painted surface that has been dabbed repeatedly with a brush to produce the stipple effect.
LeatheretteBG_Texture-Leatherette This background has a cast surface that simulates the look of leather behind the letters.
Pebbles This background has the letters standing out of a surface that simulates small pebbles cast into the surface.

call +64 9 828 9668 or Email Us for one of our experienced plaque designers to provide guidance on which style will best suit your plaque.

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Background Colour

Prior to Highlighting the letters the background is painted with a colour which assists in providing a contrast with the highlighted letters to make them stand out more.

We offer your option of two standard colours:


The standard and most popular colour is bronze/brown.

Acknowledging significant occasions & Service


The second most popular background is black. Black provides the best look for aluminium plaques.






Brown or black options are at no extra cost but if you wish to have the plaque finished in a different colour please call +64 9 828 9668 or Email Us and we will quote this price option.

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