Metal Choices

Saxton’s etched plaques are reproduced by exposing a piece of film onto a photosensitive metal plate. This allows for reproduction of extremely fine detail.

Maximum etching size for a single sheet is 48″ x 144″. However, materials are purchased in the sheet sizes listed below. Contact Saxton’s for requirements that exceed these sizes or other metals. Unless noted, these are the available thicknesses for all materials.

  • 1/16″ (.0625″)
  • 1/8″ (.125″)
  • 3/16″ (.1875″)
  • 1/4″ (.250″)

Aluminum Association Standard: Alloy 6061 Optional: Alloy 2024 for #8 polished finish Standard sized sheet 48″ x 96″

Brass, 70/30

Copper Development Association Alloy C26000; 70% Copper, 30% Zinc Standard sized sheet 36″ x 96″

Commercial Bronze, 90/10

Copper Development Association Alloy C22000; 90% Copper, 10% Zinc Standard sized sheet 48″ x96″


Copper Development Association C11000 Standard sized sheet
48″ x 96″

Muntz Metal, 60/40

Copper Development Association Alloy C28000; 60% Copper,
40% Zinc Standard sized sheet 48″ x 96″

Stainless Steel

Standard: conforms to Alloy 304 Optional: conforms to Alloy 316
Standard sized sheet 48″ x 96


Standard sized sheet 25″ x 38″ Available thickness:
.064″, .125″, .153″, .250″

Helpful Hints

  • Commercial Bronze is a very close color match to our cast bronze alloy. When using etchings for mounting to a bronze plaque, we will automatically choose Commercial Bronze for the etched piece. If etchings and castings are being used together on the same project, specify Commercial Bronze.
  • When Copper, Muntz Metal, Yellow Brass and Commercial Bronze are specified for exterior use, we recommend a polyurethane coating. For exterior applications that must stand the test of time, Saxton recommends etched stainless steel plaques or cast bronze plaques.
  • Stainless Steel etchings are not protected by a clear coating and are ideal for exterior use. For exterior applications, Alloy 316 may be more resistant to corrosion in certain types of environments and is available as a special priced option.