Ceramic Pictures Installation Guide

Our ceramic photos are very quick and easy to install

When a loved one is lost, the old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words' definitely rings true. While we will always have the memories shared with the lost loved one, photos remind us of certain events in the past, some of which may have even been long forgotten were it not for the photograph. For many generations, families have utilized ceramic photos to further personalize the monuments, as well as mausoleum niches, of their loved ones. Including the physical likeness of a loved one onto their final memorial can help the survivors feel a little closer to them, as they can be instantly reminded of their physical features. Every time the memorial is visited, the person paying their respect can once again see the loved one, which many have said is more comforting than trying to emotionally connect with only the written information on the stone. The ceramic photos offered by ensures that the photo will remain as pristine and vivid as the day it was placed on the stone. While there may be no question of the quality of these elegant pieces, many may feel a little wary when it comes to the actual installation of the ceramic plate.

First we would like to address the concern regarding the adhesive supplied with the ceramic plate, for those who selected the tape backing. This 'tape' is an industrial grade 3M brand adhesive tape, which is double sided and comes pre-installed on the back of the ceramic plate. This adhesive is very durable, and ideal for placement in the outdoors. For more information regarding the tape backing, please click here to read more on Securing of Ceramic Pictures.

Furthermore, to those individuals who are still concerned, we would like to assure that the actual installation of the ceramic picture onto the memorial is typically very simple. While this is so, we strongly recommend you read this guide entirely before you make your attempt, and keep it handy as you work, for quick reference.

Installation Preparation:

A ceramic photo can add a very heartwarming touch to any new or existing memorialFor those installing the ceramic plate with the tape backing, your ceramic photo should be installed on a smooth, clean, polished surface for proper bonding to take place. It is important that the temperature where you're working be more than 60 degrees and that there be very little to no moisture in the air, as well as no moisture or fluids on area where you are installing the ceramic picture. It is also recommended you work on a day that there is little to no wind if placing the ceramic photo on an outdoor memorial; if the day is too windy, it could cause dust to soil the area where the photo is to be placed, which may affect the permanence of the tape. You should also make sure you have all of the following supplies available as you work: rubbing alcohol, a roll of paper towels, a ruler or measuring tape, a pencil, white or clear silicone caulking (optional) and, of course, the ceramic picture. To begin with, use the rubbing alcohol and a few paper towels to clean and completely dry the area where you intend to place the picture; with that, you're about ready to begin.

Before you dive right into the installation, however, be sure to set the picture in the place you intend to install it, without removing the paper backing, so it will not be permanently affixed. This is important so you can examine the placement closely, to make sure you like how the portrait looks in that location where it is to be set on the monument. We recommend this pre-setting to ensure it is visually pleasing, before actually installing the plate, as moving the picture once it has been installed can be very difficult, maybe even impossible.

Installation of Memorial Picture:

Once the area on the monument is cleaned and the photo has been pre-set, use these steps to install your ceramic picture on the headstone or grave marker (or other monument):

Please Note: Read the following steps entirely before actually working through them to place the photo.

  1. Use the ruler or measuring tape and pencil to mark the center point of the spot where you intend to install the picture.
  2. Measure the width and height of the picture.
  3. Divide the width and height into two.
  4. From the center point you marked use the divided width and height dimensions to mark the exact dimensions of the spot where the picture will be installed.
  5. Place the picture in the spot you have marked to be sure your markings are exact.
  6. Remove the paper backing (which is marked "Tape) from the back of the picture. The tape covers the entire back side of the ceramic plate and needs to be removed completely (be careful, the tape is almost invisible to the eye). The paper backing to the tape is like the protective film on a band aid, so just rub your finger back and forth over the edge of the picture to lift the paper away from the tape. The tape is industrial grade and made by 3M.
  7. Line the picture up with your markings, and firmly press it to the surface. Hold it very firmly for about 2 minutes, and your picture will be installed.
  8. Optional: Run a small beat of caulking around the picture (caulking should be available at department or home improvement stores such as Wal-Mart or Home Depot). This step is optional, but also recommended to help keep the moisture out from beneath the plate, and it also helps make the final installed piece look a little more neat. Please Note: This is a permanent bond.
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Our ceramic photos are among the finest that are available, and we stand behind their quality. These wonderful portraits will add a heartwarming touch to any new or existing tribute, and will capture and share precious memories with many future generations to come.

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