custom copper and brass plaques by frapperie


Custom – Personalized – Handstamped
Brass & Copper Plaques

Frapperie offers custom hand-stamped solid copper & brass plaques made with admiration for the beauty and individuality of handcrafted goods. Our plaques are lacquer-free which allows soft layers of patina to accumulate as the years go by, providing protection, character and a sense of history.

All work is done in-house following artisanal methodology. This slower manual production process yields a product that is unique and timeless while never sacrificing quality or style.

A distinctive and indelible way to dedicate, memorialize, or celebrate.

Brass & copper are perfect for indoor and outdoor use due to their extreme durability and resilience. Both metals are able to withstand outdoor elements with little maintenance.

Fabrication Process


The verb “frapper” in French means to hit or strike. Frapperie‘s brass and copper plaques are stamped one character at a time with a metal punch and a good strong tap of the hammer. The subtle differences in spacing and depth typical of this method add enormous character and charm. No two plaques are ever exactly the same!

Rather than using pre-made factory plates, Frapperie cuts each plaque by hand allowing for a variety of sizes and shapes, giving you the option to choose from popular dimensions in our online shop or to request something made-to-measure.

hand stamping a brass plaque with hammer and letter punches
Plaque, hammer & letter punches


For the finish, each plate is lightly hand sanded then treated with an oxidizing agent to darken the lettering and start the patina process, evoking a timeless vintage appearance.
Note that a coat of lacquer is never applied so that the metal can continue to take on a warm patina if desired or can be quickly hand-polished if needed to maintain its luster.

brass plaque surface finish
Finishing a brass plaque

This return to a slower traditional method, done with careful attention to detail, produces an old-world quality product that celebrates the beauty of handmade over machine perfection while never sacrificing style!

Ordering a plaque

Custom Order

For a custom order, please contact us here with your details and we’ll get back to you quickly with a price quote and production time, along with a proof for text placement.
You can make up to 2 free changes after payment.  If you need help deciding or have questions, we are here to help and advise you.

We offer :

  • Plaques cut to your desired dimensions
    (up to: 39cm x 19cm | 15″ x 7.5″)
  • 0.8mm / 1mm / 1.2mm & 1.5 mm thick brass
  • 1mm & 1.5mm thick copper
  • 3 different corner options : standard / rounded / angled
  • Option to add holes
    • Brass wood screws available

See all OPTIONS available
View our GALLERY to get inspired

Need a custom personalized plaque?

Ready to Order

Below are a few items ready to order from our shop – Click here to see our full shop

About Frapperie

Frapperie plaques are made by Karen Rudd and Raoul Gatepin in their Neuville-sur-Saône workshop, located minutes from the lovely city of Lyon, France.
Karen, an artisan from the US, has been selling on Etsy since 2010.

You can contact us at :
You can check out our Etsy shop : Frapperie on Etsy

At Frapperie we have made many different kinds of plaques for many different purposes :

Home :

  • Door plates
  • Mailbox plaques
  • Private homes
  • Lockers
  • Gates
  • Gardens

Business :

  • Rental cottages
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Buildings
  • Hotels
  • Airbnbs
  • Workshops

Art :

  • Art work
  • Artist studios
  • Sculpture parks
  • Museums
  • Frame plates

Memorial :

  • Bench plaques
  • Pets
  • Veterans
  • Bereavements
  • Memorials

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