How are Resin Trophies Made?

Before our Trophies can be put into production an artist must design and make the original sculpture.

  • A mould is then made that exactly replicates the original hand made sculpture.
  • The resin is poured into the mould and when it has set it is removed for finishing.
  • The cast resin trophy is then cleaned and prepared for final finishing
  • Each trophy is then painted entirely by hand and is ready for packing.
  • We personalise the trophy by adding an engraved plate.
  • Our online trophy store features dozens of Resin Trophies made this way.

We have attached a short documentary that shows the full production from conception to finished product. You can view the 5 minute video on youtube here.

We are grateful to DSC Documentaries for the information contained with in this post.

What is metallised plating?

Vacuum metallising, or PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition), is the process of physically plating a metal material onto a plastic part in a vacuum chamber. Another term that is used is Plating on Plastic (POP).

The evaporation of the metal occurs by metal wire being in contact with a heat source (electrically charged tungsten filament) in a closed chamber under high vacuum. 

The lack of pressure lowers the boiling point of the metal which causes the liquid metal to change to a gaseous phase. The metal vapour encounters the oxygen in the air forming a stable oxide layer on the surface of the components.

This gives the component an environmentally friendly, decorative metallic coating. Metallised plastic components can be recycled and is a great alternative to traditional metal shrouds or over-shelled options which can’t be easily separated for recycling.

What is the difference between thermal vacuum metallisation and electroplating?

Metallising is aluminium plating using specialist equipment and is a different process to electroplating (or water plating) which is generally chrome or nickel done in a relatively simple electrolyte solution.

The benefits

  • Cost-effective
  • Environmentally friendly (It is carried out in a vacuum chamber so that no gases or pollution are discharged, unlike electroplating. Also, the finished products can be recycled as long as component material is recyclable.)
  • Safer than processes such as chromium plating
  • Functional and decorative
  • Brighter than electroplating

You will see many examples of Metallised Plating throughout our Online Trophy Store

We are grateful to Metamor Decoration Ltd of Deeside for the use of this description.

Finding the Right Trophy for Your Sporting Event

Whether it’s for your local sports team, a school event, or a corporate gathering, choosing the perfect trophy and award can be a daunting task. Here are some professional tips that can help you find the right sports trophy and award for your occasion.

How to Find the Right Sport Trophy

1. Determine the budget. First and foremost, you need to determine the budget that you have for purchasing trophies and awards. This will help you make informed decisions about the type, size, and material of the awards you can afford. Remember, it’s wise to allocate your budget wisely, considering the quality, quantity, and design of the trophy and award.

2. Consider the occasion. Different events call for different types of trophies and awards. You may need to consider the purpose of the trophy, who the recipient will be, and what the trophy represents. Make sure the trophies and awards you choose match the occasion and resonate with the audience.

3. Quality and design. Choosing a trophy or awards means you want to provide something of value to the recipient. The trophy you select should reflect their hard work and dedication. Therefore, the quality and design of the trophy and awards should be top-notch, exceptional, and well-crafted to be worth something memorable for years to come.

4. Personalisation. A good trophy/award customisation can make it all the more special and valuable to the recipient. Consider a trophy/award that allows you to engrave the recipient’s name, the date of the competition, and the award they are given. Moreover, designing the trophy/award exclusively to match the event’s theme or colour scheme can make it unique.

5. Ease of availability. Make sure the trophy and awards you choose are readily available and are easy to order. From the type of trophy, the number of trophies needed to the design and personalization, ensure that the supplier can provide everything you need.

In conclusion, choosing the right sports trophy and awards requires some effort, but it will payoff enormously when you see the look of appreciation on the recipients’ faces. Use these tips to guide you through the selection process, and you’re sure to find a trophy or award in the UK that meets your budget and serves its purpose perfectly.

How to Reserve Trophies

Make sure that you do not miss out on your first choice of trophy. Whilst we have large stocks available at the start of the season you will find that these sell out very quickly so you can RESERVE your stock with a 50% deposit. The balance is paid when you give us the final engraving instructions.

Here’s how to reserve your trophies.

  1. Place your order for ENGRAVED trophies online up to three months before they are required. [Minimum order £25]
  2. If you don’t know what your engraving instructions will be; simply add the words “Engraving to follow” in Text Line 1 of the Engraving Instructions box.
  3. Choose Cheque/Direct Payment as your Payment Method.
  4. Check out in the normal way. An acknowledgement will be sent automatically.
  5. Make a payment DIRECT to our Bank Account with 50% of the total order [Payment must be by transfer – we cannot accept a card payment or cheque for this promotion]
  6. We will contact you before your Presentation Date to obtain Engraving Instructions and your balancing payment.
  7. Engraving must be on a four column Excel sheet. (Ask for a template)
  8. You can add to the order at a later date subject to available stock.
  9. Your orders will be reserved for delivery in the usual way.

Tower Trophies Oskar Icon Awards - Reserved for a customer pending receipt of Engraving Instructions
Tower Trophies Oskar Icon Awards – Reserved for a customer pending receipt of Engraving Instructions