View Full Version : Name those Materials

Scott Shepherd
05-29-2008, 8:59 AM
I'm in a bit of a rush, I was asked to update a couple of signs and upon arrival, I found out that in this case "update" meant "make from scratch".

I'm trying to identify the materials used. I would normally order a couple of pieces of what I think it is and go from there, but I'm pressed for time, so I'd like to get this right the first time if possible.

Two items- one is the brass and one is the frame. The brass is real metal and can't be substituted. I hope the photo I posted shows that clearly enough to see the grain pattern, etc. I think I know what it is, but I'd like someone who make work with it to confirm.

The second item is the frame, it's 1/4" thick, gloss black acrylic with 1/4 round all the way around. It doesn't look like it was made from scratch, looks like it was a bought item. I have 1/4" black acrylic and can make this from scratch if I need to, but it sure would be nice to buy them as well.

Can anyone name those materials? :)


Click to enlarge (1st shows brass with grain, 2nd shows edge of acrylic back piece)

Joe Pelonio
05-29-2008, 10:28 AM
I have in the past been able to buy small pieces of various brass types from a large, local trophy shop, cut to size and inexpensively.

As for the frame, that looks like one of those available form wholesale architectural sign supply places,



Scott Shepherd
05-29-2008, 10:37 AM
Thanks Joe, I'll have a look at those sites for the backs. For the brass, I think it's AlumaMark Satin Brass, but I'm not certain.

Mike Null
05-29-2008, 1:05 PM

Unless you're sure it's aluminum it isn't Alumamark. If it is aluminum it may be brushed brass finish from JDS. The piece on the right appears to have been screened.

If it is brushed brass you should be able to get it from JDS or Main Trophy. There are relatively few manufacturers.

Scott Shepherd
05-29-2008, 1:55 PM
Thanks Mike, I've ordered a couple of things, we'll see how it all works out. It's all vinyl lettering on it all. Hopefully I guessed right. Now if I could just find that back piece......

Looks like I'll be making it from scratch for this run.