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Denver Shadow Box Framing with LED Lights

 It happens regularly, someone gives you the gift of art; a photograph, painting or maybe even something 3 dimensional. But then you’re left with the problem of what to do with it.  We recently had a client come to us with a unique project.  She’s a fine art photographer and had been gifted an antique glass plate negative.  Because it’s a negative, it’s almost impossible to display without being backlit.  Luckily she’s been a client for years and after selecting the frame she liked, put it in the capable hands of Zach to design and execute the rest.

The client choose a frame from Larson Juhl’s Biltmore collection.  We ended up using two custom frames from the same line to add depth and allow for a place to store the lights and battery pack.


The LED light strand that Zach selected is battery powered and remote controlled.  The client has the choice of selecting several colors or having them alternate as they do in the video above.

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To protect the glass plate negative, we trapped it with acid free mat board from Crescent and sandwiched between two pieces of TruVue Museum Glass.  The mats protect the edges of the glass and required no adhesive to keep it in place.  GlasPlateNegative

We kind of geek out on this one-of-a-kind custom frame pieces and have a little client envy.  We know this is going to be an amazing conversation piece for years to come.



Denver Custom Shadow Box Framing



We always enjoy hearing the story behind why someone has decided to invest in custom framing.  This piece in particular had been in storage for nearly 50 years!  Our client had rediscovered the piece and the minute he saw it, remembered how thrilled he had been when he created it in middle school.  He was also surprised to discover he still loved it.  He came in unsure of what he wanted to do, so we looked at many designs and ultimately settled on a shadowbox frame, from Larson Juhl’s Anvil collection, made to look like rusty rebar.  The texture and color are a great compliment to his metal art.   We used existing holes in the art to hand stitch the piece to an acid free mat and finished the piece with TruVue’s Museum Glass for ultimate uv protection and clarity.  We love that the client will be able to enjoy this sentimental piece for years to come and we hope it inspires you to unearth your own treasures to be preserved and displayed.  

Custom Framed Arrowhead Shadow Box

What is an “Anthology”? Simply put it is a collection. Here at Anthology Fine Art we love collections and the challenge and creativity it takes to preserve and display them. Several years ago we had the opportunity to make a large, multi opening, custom frame of a collection of vintage cards for a client.  They were collected by the husband’s father and serve as a beautiful family tribute.  The same Denver family recently came to us with another family heirloom project, this time a collection of arrowheads, stone tools, and beaded jewelry, from the wife’s grandfather.  The grandfather had created an DIY display in a hand made box that had been in her family for years.  Time had taken its toll on the box and the collection was in need of an update so that it could be preserved and displayed for further generations.


Her grandfather had meticulously documented what each item was, as well as where they were found, and created a hand written key with corresponding numbers for each item.  The client wanted to retain the original layout, key, and the numbers. She also wanted to double the size and rather than being displayed by laying on a table the way the original had, with the arrowheads pressed between cotton and glass, she wanted the arrowheads to “float”and hang on the wall in their new home.

We started with the idea to make the overall size bigger without getting too large or distracting.  Individual oval windows were cut in order to display each piece. Rather than two mats stacked, we created a custom cotton canvas mat that gives the impression of being embossed that made for a subtle, yet elegant way to display each individual item.



The collection included multiple arrowheads of different size and shape, stone scrapers and tools, as well as two pieces of beaded work. Each piece was individually mounted to the canvas and the had written numbers from the original display were reused.


Finally, to tie the two family pieces together, we used the same frame as the vintage cards. The result was a beautiful new display for a lovely collection, that will now be proudly displayed and cherished by this wonderful family for generations to come!


Over the years we have had the pleasure of framing a lot of different collections for our clients. From Arrowheads and Vintage Cigarette cards to Military items and Woodworking Tools. We cherish the opportunity to preserve and display these items. We would love to see what sort of fun and interesting collections you have. We encourage you to see what Anthology Fine Art can do in order to preserve, protect, and display your collection. Consultations and quotes are always free and encouraged. Don’t allow these wonderful bits of history and conversation starters to continue to collect dust in a box or on a shelf come and see how we can help you create a display that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Displaying the unique


A client recently came to us with a mask that he wanted to frame.  It is a resin mask taken from a life cast of Michael Jackson.  The cast was taken during the shooting of the “Thriller” video as a means for the makeup artists to be able to transform his face throughout the video.  The mask is signed by the artists, so we wanted an archival mount without using adhesives.  The solution Zach came up with was to build an acid free foam base the exact size of the opening.


To give the mask the illusion of “floating” off the mat, Zach then built up the back of the mounting with smaller sections of acid free foam core.



The client was planning to light the entire piece once displayed in his home and so opted for a white on white style of frame and mat.  We used white rag mat from Crescent and a bright white frame from Larson Juhl’s Alto line.  The uv plexi glass box makes the signature and every side of the mask clearly visible.  MichaelJacksonShadowBox2

Denver Custom Framing

Zach and Kendra Custer have been custom framing for a combined 30 years in the Denver area. In addition to offering picture framing and portrait photography, their large gallery features local, emerging artists. Whether you're looking for affordable custom framing with superior customer service, a family portrait or a new piece of art, Anthology Fine Art is your one stop shop.

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