Our Wikipedia, Structural Design of Statuettes
Main Part of the Statuette
As the name suggests, this is the most important element of the project, the essence and the main shape that catches the eye first.
Depending on the type of statuette, this element can be a glass pane, metal or acrylic in the appropriate shape, or a set of layers of these materials creating a visually unified whole, as well as a 3D figure (printed or cast); a metal sculpture or a wooden or other material construction.
Often, the main part of the statuette is just a base on which we can build a much more interesting and exclusive statuette.
A significant part of statuettes have a base. It serves three main purposes:
- First, it is an additional visual element that gives the statuette a different appearance.
- Second, it provides additional space for placing content (it is particularly important for products where there is no space for marking on the main part of the statuette or where placing any content would spoil the visual effect).
- Third, it is an important structural element, often indispensable when we want to connect several elements of the main part. Or when the statuette would not be able to stand on its own without a base.
Bases are usually made of: glass, stone, and wood, but in our projects, you can also find concrete, metal, or acrylic bases.
Probably the most important task of a statuette is the message it carries. This would not be possible without appropriate text or applied graphics. Texts are usually applied in the form of engravings or prints on the main part of the statuette or as engraving or a plaque on the base.
We choose the form of marking depending on the material from which the statuette is made and the expectations regarding the final effect.
Statuettes can gain in appearance when additional elements are used to enrich the shape of the statuette. Add-ons are usually separate elements made of the same or different material than the main part of the statuette. They are often small glass or metal elements glued in strategic places of the statuette.
Basic add-ons include crystal balls symbolizing balls of various disciplines or globes; glass or metal stars (and other shapes), as well as simple colorful elements made of colored glass, intended to give the statuette more color depth. Often, we make clients' logos or symbolic graphics on additional elements.
Ornaments serve a similar function as add-ons. However, they are less three-dimensional and take the form of flat elements glued or engraved on other parts of the statuette. Their task is to add an additional shape to the statuette and to increase its color and material attractiveness.
Engraving laminates, metal plates, acrylic glass, plywood, and deep sandblasting work well as ornaments. An ornament can also be created as painting on a part of the element.
These are strictly structural elements. They are used to assemble various elements that are difficult to connect in any other way. They can also add space between elements, increasing the distance between them.
The basic connectors we use are brackets and spacer pins. The former essentially serve one purpose - connecting the flat element of the main part of the statuette with the base. They are usually used when the upper element is too thin to be safely glued to the base, or if gluing the two elements is not very effective.
Spacer pins have a slightly more developed utility. They are used to connect parallel panes made of different materials, creating a distance between them and giving products a sense of space (in some cases, we can then do without a base). Additionally, they are essential for all kinds of boards and diplomas that are to be permanently attached to the wall.