Installing Ceramic Pictures
How to Install a Ceramic Picture on a Grave Stone
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 Memorials.com 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.
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.
For 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 the Picture on the Headstone or Mausoleum Wall:
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.
- Use the ruler or measuring tape and pencil to mark the center point of the spot where you intend to install the picture.
- Measure the width and height of the picture.
Divide the width and height into two.
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.
Place the picture in the spot you have marked to be sure your markings are exact.
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.
- 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 installe
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.
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.
The 3M Adhisive Backing of the Picture:
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.
Many families find that adding a ceramic photo to a monument or memorial can bring a great deal of comfort for those who pay go to pay their respects to the lost individual. With the variety of options available, there are several ways a memorial portrait can be incorporated with virtually any new or existing tribute, to create a highly personalized remembrance of a loved one. The ceramic plates are a work of modern technology, which ensure that the likeness depicted will last through the generations with the same exquisite clarity and details as the day it was installed. With the convenient tape backing offered with the cemetery memorial pictures available on our website, families can easily add the ceramic plate to any flat and polished surface. However, some customers sometimes wonder exactly how secure this adhesive is once applied to headstones or grave markers. Here is some information about the company 3M, as well as they state about this very dependable product.
3M was founded in a small town in Minnesota, during the early 1920's, by five gentlemen who actually set out to start a new business of an entirely different nature. At first, the 3M company set out to mine minerals to be used in grinding wheel abrasives, but when that venture fell through, the company shifted it's attention to different possibilities. The company struggled at first, but quickly become lucrative with the introduction of several different innovations that virtually shaped the history of our country. The first major milestone actually had nothing to do with adhesives, and was a waterproof sandpaper, that helped reduce the amount of harmful dust particles that were prevalent with other sanding methods. The second, and possibly the most significant, was the invention of the masking tape, which eventually led to several other household items, through which the company gained its most notable success. That is not to say that this company only created products of the abrasive, and adhesive nature. In fact, in the early 1990's, 3M developed several immune response modifier pharmaceuticals, and in 2008, they introduced the first breathing mask that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use by the general public. This was especially important during the influenza pandemic that was prevalent during this time. They have also greatly affected the progress of technology, as they have developed several key optical components that are standard in the cell phones and other electronic devices that are commonly used today. Since the early years, 3M has been not only producing, but practically revolutionizing different products that affect our everyday life. Some of the most famous branches of the company product several adhesive products, such as Scotch brand tape and Post It notes, but they also dabble in several cleaning products as well. Now the company is a multi-billion dollar industry that has received several awards throughout it's history.
While 3M offers several adhesives, there are some that are the most famous for their durability. The 3M adhesive that is supplied with the ceramic pictures is great for this specific use because it seals the gap between rounded and flat surfaces. It also resists solvents, liquids, U.V. and thermal expansion/contraction, making certain that its seal will last for the ages. While the tape alone will create a strong and durable seal, adding a small amount of silicone or plain caulking can help enforce it, and some say it also gives the ceramic plate a neat appearance.
Additionally, the 3M adhesive assures a beautiful memorial because it leaves no visual interruptions for screws, rivets, welding or any type of fastener. When purchased with the ceramic photo, a specialist places the pre-cut tape on the back of the ceramic, which ensures that the installation is not only easy, but results in an addition that is aesthetically pleasing as well. The adhesive consistently outperforms traditional fasteners in this vital area, which is how the ceramic plate appears on the memorial.
The 3M adhesive's all acrylic construction provides strength and durability in extreme applications. It bonds with high holding strength for static and dynamic loads. The adhesive resists stress, fatigue, vibration, heat, cold, temperature cycling, moisture, solvents and UV light. Unlike mechanical fasteners which concentrate stress, the 3M VHB tape provides a continuous bond, which distributes stress along the entire surface.
The 3M adhesive's foam is 100 percent closed cell; as it bonds it creates a durable shield. Liquids can be sealed in or out, and a protective barrier is formed which resists stress, and more importantly, fatigue.
An important property of the 3M tape is viscoelasticity. Visco- for viscous flow of 3M VHB into the micro structure of the substrates that are being bonded, and elasticity for the elastic nature of VHB tape. Viscoelastic materials have the unique ability for energy absorption and stress relaxation, both of which are important for dynamic strength and vibration damping.
Note 1: One of our representatives has been selling this product since 1999 and has never had a complaint about the ceramic plate falling off or becoming unattached from the memorial upon which it was placed.
Note 2: One of our representatives has this product installed on his grandparents grave marker since 2000 and it is still on the grave marker to this day. The grave marker is located in Germany, where all 4 seasons are experienced. The weather can range from snow in the winter to 95 degree in the summer, and lots of rain in the fall.
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