As you can see there are many options available for manufacturers and clients alike to choose a suitable approach. Maybe you were watching the Oscars or any other popular award ceremony and wondered how they are made. Or maybe you won an award yourself, something 3D and carved out of glass like material. So you might be wondering what material is used? How they are crafted? Are they metal? Gold plated or not? Are they really worth? Whatever your questions might be, let’s look at the process that goes into making some of the most commonly used awards out there. The Oscars are said to be made with Britannia metal which is plated in several layers, such as silver, copper, nickel and gold as well. Some sports awards and cups are also made in the same way. But there are many forms and technologies trophy suppliers and manufactures use now days. For an example some use a bronze cast while others are partly gilded in silver salver.
Most common materials and methods used
Looking back at the Oscars you might think that all awards are real gold. Because of risks and the high value involved, most of these items are not made in any precious metal. Most are only plated or glazed with a material to make it look appealing and expensive. In the modern manufacturing process most artisans use a method called plastic injection. It is a highly flexible method which allows for various shapes to be molded with highly intricate and customized detailing.
Apart from this there are many other materials such as nickel, wood, silver and glass that are commonly used for creating amazing awards by trophy shop Melbourne owners and crafters. In using most of these material a plastic cast is often used which is then plated. Another popular method is to use a wooden base with a plastic or glass surface with a plate included for engraving and including details. Sometimes acrylic or plastic are completely used for the whole trophy design and manufacture.
The molded method
Plastic injection is the most common method used in the production of these items. Some are molded as one unit while others need to be made piece by piece; it all depends on the shape and the complications of the design. In the injection method, steel dies are use to create the basic shape or form which is then filled with plastic to make the award. There are sometimes metal studs or other material added for weight and strength.
After the main components are made the next step is engraving, or getting in the finer details. This seems simple enough, but it is an intricate and skillful craft which needs to be done carefully with steady hands. There is no room for error. Most common engraving techniques used are rotary, laser or by hand.
Now that you understand the process, you can appreciate the skill and craftsmanship that goes in to creating these wonderful keepsakes. When you look at the process they do have some great value even though no precious metal may be used.