Choosing the Right TYPE of Custom Award
When embarking on the creation of new custom awards and trophies, there are a number of decisions you need to make. Some are very high-level and strategic, such as the overall message you want to communicate, and the image you want to project. Others are much more practical, including your time frame, budget, award dimensions, frequency of presentation, and order quantities.
One of the decisions you will need to make early on in the custom award creation process is what “type” of custom trophy or award you want to create. Your choice of “type” will have significant implications on the cost of your awards, the time required to design and produce them, and their replicability.
Outlined below are the most common types of custom trophies and awards we typically create. There are not always hard and fast lines between these – some custom awards we create are combinations of a few of these types – but this should provide you with a general idea of the unique characteristics of each of these award categories. Of course, trying to choose one of these award types can be a daunting task, and we are always happy to help our clients find the perfect type of custom award for their needs.
Custom sculpture awards are probably the most classic and common type of custom award we produce. Sculpture awards are also one of our specialties, as our company originally started out as sculpture fine-art studio and foundry. We can create sculpture awards in an almost endless combination of styles, sizes and finishes. The two metals we use most often to create these sculptures are bronze and pewter. Details on the benefits of each of these metals are outlined in the following article: Metal Choices for Custom Awards. In general, custom sculpture awards are a bit more expensive than the other custom options. They also require the longest lead-time, due to the fact that an initial model needs to be sculpted, and then the awards need to flow through a traditional casting process (see Casting Process for Sculpture Awards.
While custom sculpture awards are produced using traditional casting processes, custom fabricated awards and trophies are hand-created (fabricated) one unit at a time. Fabricated trophies generally have a shorter lead-time than sculpture awards, as they do not require a model, mold, or the casting process. Custom trophies can be fabricated from a variety of materials, including metal, wood, glass, plastic, etc. One of our most popular types of fabricated awards are custom-cut metal awards. These awards and trophies are fabricated using a high-precision laser to extract custom shapes from large sheets of high-grade steel. More information on our custom-cut metal awards can be found at: Custom-Cut Metal Awards. We also have talented artists and craftsmen who can fabricate trophies from a variety of other materials, including wood, glass, plastic and ceramics.
Custom medallions are one of our most cost-effective custom recognition options from a per-unit price perspective. We can create medallions in a variety of custom sizes and shapes. These medallions also feature customized 3D reliefs on their front and back surfaces with images and text created per your specifications. In addition, we offer a number of different display vehicles for these medallions, including ribbons, bases, plaques, and cups. More information on our custom medallions can be found at: Custom Medallions.
Custom crystal awards usually represent the lowest total cost (including up-front costs), and shortest lead-time, of any of our custom recognition options. These crystal awards traditionally take the form of a geometric block of crystal with customized engraving. These blocks come in a variety of different pre-cut polyhedral shapes. As an alternative, we can cut these crystal blocks into custom shapes, although this does increase their price and lead-time. The customized engravings for these awards can be applied in two different formats (and both can be combined on a single award design): a) a 2-D image engraved either on the surface of the award or inside the body of the award; or b) a 3-D image engraved inside the block of crystal itself, which creates the effect of the object “floating” inside of the crystal block. The 3-D image gives the award a unique perspective from every viewing angle. More information on our custom crystal awards can be found at: Custom Crystal Awards.
We can also create unique custom recognition awards using plaques. These custom plaques can be customized across a number of different dimensions, including their materials, shapes, colors, and sizes. In addition, we can combine them with other award components, such as custom medallions and display bases. Finally, we can combine them with a sculpture award to create a perpetual sculpture award plaque. More information on our custom plaques can be found at: Custom Plaques.