I have recently discovered that most grave markers in the US are
sand-cast bronze. Why are they done almost exclusively in bronze and
never in brass? What is the technique used for custom designs (from
hi-contrast black-and-white vector graphics) that makes it so
difficult (expensive) for them to do a custom design?
I plan to do my mom’s grave marker at a place that does
photo-etched plaques (also for outdoors). They fold and solder the
edges to give it thickness and then fill it (so it’s like a filled
box). It then gets mounted on a thick slab of granite, like the
bronze castings. Does it make a difference (in terms of wearability)
if it is bronze or brass? They seem to have no trouble getting a
dark brown, even background on brass (chemically–not paint). Any
suggestions for the filler material (some sort of plastic?)?
Thanks for any info/suggestions!
Janet in Jerusalem