Step 3: Ribbon Attachment
There are two ways to attach your ribbon to the medal.
The Slot Loop is perfect for most applications. It allows the ribbon to sit flat on the recipient. Each ribbon is sewn first and attached second.
The Jump Ring loop is another way to attach clip-on ribbons to medals.
Step 4: Personalization
Do you require engraving on the back? If so we offer three ways to add text to the back of your medal.
Laser Engraved: The text is rendered with laser engraving on the back.
Spindle Engraved: The text is engraved into medal. There is a difference in metal finish colours (ie- gold plate vs zinc colour)
Silkscreened: We add coloured text to the back. This is great for customers with mulitiple divisions or catagories.
Logistics, Design & Manufacturing
Design can take anywhere from 1-6 weeks depending how developed your design ideas are. We need time to make your design "medal friendly" so budget 3 working days if its complex art.
Manufacturing time can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. Most orders take around 2-6 months to complete from the time you talk to us and the time your medals arrive. If your design is "good to go" and your order stock ribbons.
Custom Medal Design Ideas
Our design department has created thousands of medals. Design services are free of charge. The vast majority of medals that cause us manufacturing issues are due to design challenges. Graphic designers need to understand the 3 dimensional nature of our product and how to utilize metal finishing techniques. We strongly suggest showing your finished design to suppliers for feedback before committing to the design.
The Most Stunning Medal Designs Usually...
- Use dynamic shapes: stay away from circles and squares if possible. You are paying for a custom medal so don't be afraid to have elements protruding from the edges or use 3D elements in your designs.
- Remember to use raised metal area. Text is almost always rendered in raised metal. Lines and shapes need to be separated into layers.
- Reduce your art to actual size and print it out. Most designers submit art at 3-4x scale. When reduced we encounter areas for enamel that are too small.
- Text in UPPERCASE is usually best. Text is often too small at scale to hold colour. Make the text metal for best results.
Info For Designers
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