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Base Options for Your Awards

Organizations looking for special, unique awards often wonder how they can personalize their awards to be distinctive to their organization, recipient or presentation. Certainly the recognition award itself can accomplish this, and we pride ourselves on offering unique awards - both custom and in-stock - that stand apart from anything else on the market. However, an often overlooked aspect of the award that can help separate it from commonplace options, as well as help tailor it to your branding objectives, is the base that the award is mounted on. 

We offer a variety of base options for your recognition awards to help address this requirement. While all of our stock recognition awards have a standard base associated with them, we can often change these to meet specific customer requirements. On the custom award front, selecting the best base option is an integral part of the overall design process. Below is a brief primer on some of the base options that may be available for your specific project.


Base Material Types and Sizes

Our awards can be mounted on a variety of different base types, including marble, granite, crystal and wood. In nearly every base material we provide, we can create a custom shape or size, to meet your needs. We have created a diverse array of custom bases for our awards and we can work with you to find the base that best meets your needs. As always, if you have any questions about custom bases for your awards, give us a call, we're here to help. 

 
Marble Base Example

Marble Base Example

Marble Bases

Most of our bronze and pewter recognition awards come standard with black stone bases (shown shown to the left). Generally, these bases are made from black marble, but on occasion we may use black granite. Both of these base materials are virtually indistinguishable, and they both create a substantial, distinctive base choice for our unique awards. Most of our crystal recognition awards come with a crystal base, and in some cases this is part of the sculpture award itself. However, many of these crystal recognition awards can also be ordered with an optional marble base.

 
Wood Base Example

Wood Base Example

Wood Bases

As an option, many of our recognition awards also support unique, custom wood bases that are handcrafted by a local artisan woodworker. These wood bases are created from a variety of hardwoods, including walnut, mahogany, teak, and hickory, and can be constructed in a variety of different custom sizes. In addition, multi-tier bases can be created, and in some cases these can be crafted out of multiple hardwood types. An example of wood bases are shown to the left.

As another alternative, customers may choose an award base that is a combination of marble and wood. This is another unique way of creating a multi-tier base, and makes for very unique, eye-catching recognition awards.

 
Concrete Base Example

Concrete Base Example

Concrete Bases

For custom award projects, we can work with a variety of base materials, and are not restricted to marble, granite or wood. For example, we have designed bases out of steel to create a more "industrial" look, and out of concrete to match the brand of customers in the construction industry. The concrete may also be dyed in nearly any color to accommodate your company logo color palette. As a final touch, our concrete bases can be epoxy-sealed to various levels of glossiness, ranging from a raw, natural look to super glossy.

 

 
Metal Base Example

Metal Base Example

Metal Bases

Metal bases, or machined metal bases, are a great option to keep the award design clean and modern. The metal base can be painted or anodized almost any color.  Metal marking or direct printing onto the surface of the base is also an option, making metal bases a very flexible material for any custom project.  

The project on the left used a custom-fabricated/machine-cut base, anodized with company logo colors and engraved with recipient information. 

 
Crystal Base Example

Crystal Base Example

Crystal Bases

Crystal bases are another option to complement your custom award. A direct engraving or subsurface engraving usually works best, and any of our plate engraving options would work well too.

The project to the left shows a combination surface/sub-surface engraving, with company logo surface engraved on the rear and recipient information inside of the crystal to the front.

 
Multi-Tier Base for Perpetual Award

Multi-Tier Base for Perpetual Award

Base Size

Most of our stock recognition awards come with a standard base size, but they can usually support an optional, custom base size to meet the needs of a specific event or presentation. For example, a larger base size might be required for a perpetual award. The base for the perpetual award can contain one-time engraving information, such as the name of the award or presenting organization, and then provide enough space to add the names of award recipients as they receive the award. Additional recipients are generally added using engraved plates that are affixed to a designation area of the award.

Bases can also be single-tier or multi-tier. In some cases, as mentioned above, these different tiers may be comprised of different materials. For example, the upper tier base may be marble, and may contain one-time engraving, while the lower tier may be a hardwood base designed to hold many engraved plates for perpetual award winners.