Nellysford, VA (PRWEB) June 9, 2005
The Souvenir Building Network (http://www.souvenirbuildings.com) introduced today a new one-stop shopping service for the production of architectural miniatures. Drawing on an exclusive, worldwide network of skilled manufacturers, the SBN will obtain comparative estimates for a custom-made replica and handle all production details from design to final shipment.
For the first time, architects, real estate developers, museums, historical attractions and corporations can quickly and easily order custom made replicas of their properties, secure in the knowledge that it will match their needs and pocketbooks. Souvenir building collectors can turn to the SBN online catalog to find miniature buildings and monuments for their collections.
The Souvenir Building Network began selling three-dimensional metal replicas of famous buildings and monuments to collectors in 1994. Over the years it has developed a network of skilled manufacturers of souvenir buildings in the United States, Russia, China, Spain and Italy. The manufacturers include large companies, boutique operations and individual artisans. They work in pot metal, pewter, zinc, cold cast metal, crystal, polyurethane and polyresin.
The services of the SBN have been used by a variety of clients, including architects, real estate developers, banks, museums and city fathers who needed a special souvenir to mark an event. Clients include the LPA Architects of Irvine, CA; the Macklowe Organization and Deutsche Bank of New York City; the Dollar Savings Bank of Pittsburgh; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and the city of Petersburg, VA.
To produce a souvenir building or architectural miniature, a designer uses photographs, drawings or architectural elevations of the actual building to make a scale model or pattern. Once the customer has approved the model, it is used to make a casting mold. This mold can then produce dozens, hundreds or even thousands of replicas.
Pricing is generally quoted as the model/mold cost and the unit production cost. Model/mold costs typically range from $600 to $6,000; unit production costs range from $1 to $200 and up. Prices depend on the architectural details and complexity of the original, as well as the size, quantity and materials used for the miniature.
A souvenir building can be as small as a silver bracelet charm, or as large as a 12Â high skyscraper.
For more information, please visit http://www.souvenirbuildings.com.
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