built rudimentary test equipment and started the ball rolling.
Two years later we were able to achieve 150 lines per
inch on exquisite black metals using titanium, zirconium,
and chromium chemistry.
rich black is unlike any other finish. No other process produces
the same combination of properties. It is important to note
that this colored layer is an integrated part of the metal,
and flaking or delaminating will not occur. These inorganic
particles form a molecular bond with the surface of the metal
at the atomic level. These finishes can be exposed to a temperature
of 900 degrees F. (482 degrees C.) before the color begins
to change and are unaffected by UV light, the spectrum that
gradually fades organic pigments or typical environmental
I mentioned earlier, our goal is to change an industry, a very
difficult undertaking. And when we talk about the perpetual
industry (monuments, tombstones, urns, etc.) we are targeting
an immense, worldwide audience.
we are attempting is by no means unique in the context of remembering
faces and not just names and dates. Full color porcelain picture
ceramics have been available for some time. During marketing
interviews people have described these full color ceramics
as ‘tacky’. They are applied to the stone with
epoxy which means they will eventually delaminate. They can
be easily broken. This is not good when you’re speaking
of longevity. One of the leading producers of these ceramic
pieces told us they only sell about 5,000 a year. That indicates,
to us at least, that acceptance of these full color appliqués
is limited. Full color photographs just don’t esthetically
complement a granite, marble, or bronze marker.
engraved bronze plaque is another option. These offer good
resolution and are set with anchors and screws. The bronze
easily oxidizes so it is sealed with an organic polymer which
will last maybe twenty years or less.
bronze statue is another option. Very expensive!
graphics to stones with a laser or mechanical grinding is available.
Beautiful images and lettering can be achieved. Although quite
impressive, it is not durable. For example, air borne blown
debris will eventually wear it away. And if the stone gets
wet the graphic temporarily disappears unless the etching is
filled with a stain or paint. This, of course, adds its own
tributes present the industry with a virtually indestructible
marker enhancement having a resolution equaling magazine print.
The backs are studded and set into the stone. The pieces can
be recessed slightly, making a superb addition to the marker.
Since these pieces are silver and black they blend well and
maintain the dignity of the stone. The image remains clear
even when wet.
this undertaking? There are two reasons. One, I feel it is
important to remember people’s faces and not just their
names. And why should there not be a little more about that
individual than just a name, a date, and maybe a short ‘We
miss you’. What about a thousand years from now? What
if a cataclysmic event occurs, records are lost, or things
get buried? These tributes will survive to tell their stories.