Engraving Suggestions for a Sponsorship Plaque

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Engraving Suggestions for a Sponsorship Plaque
Verify each sponsor's name is spelt correctly before presenting the award. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

A sponsorship plaque can be both traditional and unique. Traditionally, it will include the level of sponsorship, the name of the sponsor, and the name and date of the sponsored event. An inspirational quote can help personalise it. The plaque or award can be traditional year to year, like a Golden Globe or Academy Award, that represents the organisation. Or it can be unique to the event, such as an engraved bench for a park dedication or a brass book for a library dedication.

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Proper Engraving For The Occasssion

Plaques are presented for a variety of reasons. The engraving and style of the plaque can be traditional or unique depending on the award. The wording on the plaque will generally start off traditional, based on the type of award: employee of the month, volunteer service, sales accomplishments, years of service, academic excellence or outstanding performance. The plaque may commemorate an occasion, such as retirement or a dedication. They are often given in gratitude of sponsorship, sportsmanship, appreciation or leadership. The initial words should state what the award is for and the recipient's name. The level of sponsorship should be included if applicable.

Inspirational and Motivational Words

Inspirational words and motivational phrases can be added to make the plaque unique and memorable. A plaque is often displayed publicly for a long period of time and can be reflected upon daily. A strong and passionate quote can come from an abundance of resources. Quotes from the Bible, movies, books and history can personalise the plaque. For a sponsorship plaque, a quote from one of the company's founders or early industry leaders may be appropriate. An image, symbol or company logo can also be engraved above the recipient's name. The company's colours can also be incorporated into the plaque.

Engraving Objects and Collections

Contemporary engraving extends beyond plaques and awards to display on a wall. Charities and organisations offer sponsors many unique opportunities to participate. A children's garden can be created that offers parent sponsors the opportunity to have their child's name, birth date and favourite hobby engraved on a large rock. A picket fence can be built around the area, with sponsors' names engraved on each fence picket. A wall display of coat of arms can be designed to include a unique coat of arms for each family sponsor. Bricks in a walkway or tiles on the outside of a school building can also be personally engraved.

Engraving Methods and Techniques

Different engraving techniques can be used, depending on the type of plaque or award. Laser engraving can be used for acrylic, crystal, glass, marble, metal or wood. Sandblasting is also available for crystal, glass and marble. Through the sandblasting process, the sand is etched into the material surface. Colour can than be added to the engraved letters with paint filling. This technique limits the type of font and size available. An incorrect font and size can become distorted. A diamond drag technique can be used on metal. The diamond drag engraver can be programmed to a specific font, style and size, and will cut into the metal in a mechanical manner.

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