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Articles :: Bronze Grave Markers

Bronze Grave Markers

Bronze Grave Markers

When you envision a gravestone, you most likely see a large, heavy stone marker, heavily engraved with words and other embellishments. There is another alternative. A bronze grave marker is a simple, clean and elegant way to mark the passing of a loved one. Remember that the gravestone you choose for your loved one is a permanent tribute, and a bronze grave marker can be one of the nicest was to do this. Work closely with the staff from the cemetery and funeral home you have chosen to pick out the perfect bronze gravestone.


Bronze is a metal alloy composed of tin and copper and is typically chosen for its amazing ability to withstand extreme climate and temperature conditions. Production of a bronze marker is usually completed following four steps. First, the gravestone is cast. This involves a complete bronze plaque that contains all of the embellishments and lettering of the final product. Bronze bars or ingots are smelted and heated to 1742 degrees. This smelted bronze can now be poured into a mold. The bronze alloy will expand just a little bit before it sets. This allows for even the smallest details of the stone mold to be filled. After the bronze has completely cooled, it shrinks a tiny bit. This allows it to be easily removed from the mold. The plaque is then chased. This is a process by which the gravestone is polished or sanded. The gravestone is chased to remove any unneeded marks or extraneous bronze. It is necessary to do this in order to properly apply the patina. Patination is the next step. This process allows the designer to customize the color of the bronze gravestone. To do this, several coats of a special paint are applied to allow for oxidation. This is then removed from design elements through the use of a solvent. It is this part of the process that makes the lettering or design elements really stand out from the base of the marker. It is follow by a lacquer-like coating that protects the patina and finer design elements. The bronze plaque is then mounted to a base. The base is typically composed of granite and the plaque itself is attached with bronzed hardware.


Bronze is an exceptionally durable material; in fact, only steel is stronger among the metals. This means you can easily create a highly detailed memorial without have to worry about erosion or other corrosive environmental effects. When designing your bronze gravestone, you can choose to go with a simple look involving just the deceased's name; birth date and death date or you can choose something more elaborate. The design process and strength of the alloy will allow you to choose design elements that are very intricate and detailed. Flowers, garlands, angles and elements from nature can all be realistically recreated in bronze.


A bronze gravestone is a fitting memorial for any lost loved one. The simple elegance of bronze is a durable reminder of the life that was lost and an excellent way to remember those that have gone on before us.






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