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Happy Holidays from Northern Engraving!

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Topics: Promotional Products

Clean art deco lines and layers of brushed aluminum enhanced with screened textures provide the basis for this year's Holiday card. From our homes to yours - may peace, joy, hope and happiness be yours this Holiday Season and in the New Year!

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15 Inspiring Oval Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Nameplate Examples, Flexible Labels

Oval Shapes for Nameplates and Labels

An oval is a frequently used shape for aluminum nameplates and plastic labels. It is versatile and friendly for standard decorating operations such as printing and screening. Your design can also be enhanced with diamond cut and embossed aluminum or a domed lens for additional dimension. Here are 15 of my favorites. Take a walk through this quick presenation with close up and detail review for processing for each one. Enjoy!

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Hand Crafted Leather Look on Aluminum Nameplate

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Dec 4, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Nameplate, Materials and Processes, Process Color

Faux Leather Finish on Aluminum

Sometimes the best decoration for a nameplate is to allow it to take on the look of natural surfaces. Aluminum provides a good surface for hand crafted looks since it is reflective and therefore adds to depth for highlights and shadows.

This badge shows the level of detail that can be achieved with standard printing processes on aluminum. I love the look of a sewn-on leather label complete with wrinkles and pulled up edges. The brand logo has a dimension achieved with shadows and half tones to give the illusion of embossed graphics. 

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Spun Aluminum Creates Illusions of Movement and Depth

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Dec 3, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Mechanical Finishes, Promotional Products

Movement with Spun Aluminum

Each year Northern Engraving provides decorated aluminum ornaments for a local charity which then sells the items for decoration and in memory of loved ones. This year's design features spun aluminum layered with selective brushed details and transparent purple tones.

It is a nice example of how much depth can be achieved. The spin operation affects the surface of the aluminum so that as the light hits and then is reflected there is illusion of movement behind the printed color. The back is decorated with a pretty purple metallic color which coordinates nicely with the front decoration.

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10 Simply Elegant Automotive Gear Knobs

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Topics: Aluminum Trim, Automotive, Brushed Aluminum, Aluminum In-mold, Woodgrain, Nameplate Examples

Premium Aluminum Trim = Simple Elegance

A gear knob is one piece of trim which is touched every time a vehicle is put in motion. It makes sense that the expectation is for the gear knob to match the look and feel of the vehicle that it is directing. 

Brushed aluminum is a common foundation to build from when determining the look for premium trim. The complex form of gear knob inserts highlight the metal characteristics of the aluminum. This provides opportunity to maximize perceived value for the brand. 

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Brushed Aluminum Creates Beveled Looks on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Brushed Aluminum, Mechanical Finishes, Materials and Processes

Brushed Aluminum = Simulated Beveled Emboss 

It never ceases to amaze me how many options there are to decorated aluminum surfaces to end up with highly decorative pieces of eye-candy. A flat piece of metal that starts out quite plain and gray becomes transformed into a bright focus piece with movement and dimension. Mechanical finishing such as brushing means that illusions of complex emboss tooling operations can be achieved. When combined with transparent tints of color, an elegant look can be achieved. 

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Multi-Level Dimension for Nameplates without Complex Tooling

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Topics: Nameplate, Domed Labels, Materials and Processes, Plastic, Process Color

Embossed Graphics = Custom Tool for Nameplates and Labels? Not always.

A dimensional logo can be cause for nameplate tooling to be complex. This in turn can be a cost driver for the first production run due to the upfront tool cost needed. Budgets can be tight and not friendly for this type of investment. Does this mean your nameplate or label design needs to be compromised? Not at all. In fact, with some creative artwork it is possible to give the impression of multiple levels and embossed features without taking a big hit to your budget

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Enhance Aluminum Nameplates with Patterns

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Custom Patterns, Customization

Background Patterns Enhance Aluminum Nameplates

On the surface, nameplate design seems fairly straightford. Your company logo simply is printed onto a substrate so that you can put a label on your product. What do you do if you want something more than a cookie cutter nameplate for your product identification? Consider using a background pattern to enhance your design.

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Sporty. Active. Engine Turned Aluminum shows Movement.

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Nov 5, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Mechanical Finishes, Materials and Processes

Engine Turned Aluminum = Nameplates that Move

The ability to grab attention for nameplates and brand identification is a big deal. One way to do this is with engine turned aluminum. Aluminum nameplates decorated with engine turn reflect a sporty and active look which grabs attention. Transparent tints of color add luxury and richness which increase perceived value for the brand.

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How to Customize Patterns for Aluminum Badges using Color

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Customization, Color Development

Pattern Customization Using Color

Many times patterns on aluminum nameplates and trim are developed using silver background. It is so fun to see how customers take a pattern and customize it to suit their needs and design. One option to customize a pattern for product identification is to change the color. This article provides a look at what is needed to achieve attractive branding using a customized pattern.

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