Mostly we use a rotary engraver (with a spinning tool that cuts through the finish) or a laser engraver (that uses high intensity light from a laser to burn through the finish) to add personalization.
Flag cases are generally personalized with a metal nameplate. Many of our metal urns can be engraved directly, but some can’t be—either because of the material it is made of (cloisonné, for example can’t be engraved directly) or because the surface is already so full of engraved detail that any personalization would be lost. In these cases, we offer a tag that can be hung on the urn, or a wooden base with a nameplate.
Our laser engravers are also used for adding a drawing to a wooden urn. This can be in addition to “name and dates” personalization, or instead of personalization. This is actually the reason we purchased our first laser engraver 15 years ago.
Laser engraving can also be used to put a photo and other information on a granite panel that is built into a wood urn.
Five years ago we added porcelain portraits to our offerings. These are permanent photographic portrait tiles intended for outdoor, all weather use. Made using special ceramic toners, they are fired in a kiln to 1600 degrees F. We apply a special 3M adhesive for adhering to a headstone.
Photos on urns are also a specialty, using a photo transfer process. Wood urns are perfect for this, with photo panels that can either be built into the urn, or recessed into the surface of the urn.
Miranda and Laura are pros at personalization, and are just a phone call away if you have questions about personalization.