Bronze headstones are produced from molten metal, mostly copper with other chemicals added for strength and other qualities, poured into a prepared mold that contains the lettering, design, emblems etc. in reverse – so the molten metal fills the openings. When the metal cools and the mold is released, the metal letters, etc. stand up above the plate. This method contrasts with granite headstones where the lettering, design, emblems, etc. are cut into the stone. Of course, you can chisel the granite away from around the letters on a granite headstone to create raised letters, however, that is a much more expensive way of doing it. The raw bronze headstone is then covered with a protective coating to give it a patina (color) and the raised areas are polished making the design, lettering etc. stand out against the background. It is then sprayed with a protective coating to keep it from oxidizing (copper atoms combining with oxygen atoms). Bronze turns a greenish color over time due to the copper atoms which reflect light in the 5000 angstrom range (what your brain perceives as green). That’s why old bronze statues, etc. have a greenish color.
Bronze headstones are, for their size, much more expensive than granite headstones. Partly it is a result of raw copper prices, and, partly a result of more complicated manufacturing process. Generally, you can use a bronze in any cemetery you can use granite. However, the reverse is not always the case as some cemeteries actually require you to purchase the more expensive bronze. Below are just a few samples of the bronzes we have supplied over the years.
And we believe we can provide you with a bronze headstone, or granite headstone for that matter, that you, too, would be happy with. The above designs are just a tiny fraction of headstones that we have produced and installed over the decades. Give us a call. Let us help you with your needs.