If you have it, we can frame it!
Have you seen large 3D objects framed and wondered, "How in the world can that be framed?" Bulky or large items like musical instruments, sports equipment, baby shoes, or wedding dresses don't fit into the familiar 2D art framing plan. Here's the beauty of custom framing - ANYTHING can be framed.
We start with the substrate, an underlying layer that provides strength and a surface to securely mount the items that are being framed. Consider it the backbone of the shadowbox to which the frame will be attached. Substrates can be many different products including foam core, Masonite, or plywood.
Substrates typically aren't very attractive, which is why a background mat or fabric covers it. These come in a variety of colors and textures to match the items being framed. Matting or fabric can also line the sides of the box for a seamless look - you wouldn't want to see the unfinished inside of a frame moulding, so we carry the background through to all four interior sides.
Items are mounted securely to the substrate or mat. This process could involve various techniques including sewing, wires, tapes, screws, acrylic fasteners, or a variety of custom-built mounts (to name a few). The size, bulk, and dimension of the object will determine the mounting method. Conservation materials and methods are used so your items will remain in their original condition.
The ideal choice for a shadowbox frame is a moulding deep enough to accommodate the objects, such as the one shown here. It is nearly 3" deep! But frames of that depth aren't always easy to find; sometimes it is necessary to stack multiple frames together to create one deep enough.
With creative thinking, there is always a solution.
Have You Tried Acrylic?
Acrylic glazing is available with the same UV protection to prevent fading, as glass. Most shadowboxes are larger and heavier than typical art being framed, so you may consider using acrylic glazing rather than glass for these two reasons:
How Many Items Can You Put In A Shadowbox?
The answer is...as many as you want! But don't go too crazy - you want just enough items to tell the story. Remember, the more items, the bigger (and heavier) the box.
For larger items like the guitar or violin, you will have a lot of negative space in which you can add supporting items...but don't add items just because you have the space. Sometimes one item says it all!
Shadowboxes make great Christmas gifts - bring your special items in today.
Let us show you what we can do!