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Antique Gun Custom Shadow Box -Denver Custom Framing

We love our work as Custom Framers.  After 8 years serving the Denver area, we’ve had the pleasure of building thousands of picture frames and working with hundreds of clients.  We love framing family photos old and new.  We adore custom framing a priceless piece of children’s art.  Collecting contemporary art is a passion we share with many of you so it’s an honor to ensure your art will be preserved for decades to come. At the end of the day we build squares and rectangles, but we like to think the service and care we provide is what sets us apart.  So when you bring in your treasured family heirlooms, we love the challenge they provide as well as the collaboration between ourselves and our clients.

We recently had a client bring in an antique gun his grandfather pulled out of a Denver sewer in the 1950′s.  It’s quite possible that gun was used for nefarious reasons and then pitched into a storm drain.  His grandfather restored the mechanisms and carved a new handle for the Colt 1848 Baby Dragoon revolver.  He requested a shadow box to display the gun along with with the clothe tag his sister had made years ago describing the gun.  The unique request was to be able to remove the gun from the display from time to time that presented a fun challenge.

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The client selected a beautiful burl wood frame from Larson Juhl’s Dillon line.   The mat and housing were custom wrapped with 100% cotton canvas to compliment the muslin tag.  We recessed the handle and cylinder and hid magnets behind the barrel and cylinder for extra stability.  A leather strap and a hand carved bone button were added to complete the closure.  The two identical frames were joined and hinged back to back.   Magnetic closures were embedded in the bottom of each frame to secure the lid to the base when shut.  We used TruVue’s Optium Museum Acrylic as the glazing for the  anti-reflective qualities as well as it’s being anti-abrasive and anti-static.

We were so excited to show this to it’s owner and even more thrilled with his reaction.  We love these challenging projects that make us rethink the way picture frame moulding can be used! We would love to see what you might have that will be our next fun challenge!  Scroll down to see the video of Zach opening the shadow box.

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Custom Pen Lines and Text to enhance your Custom Framing-Denver Custom Framing

We’re obviously partial, but custom framing is a truly unique business and offers so many areas of customization.  We’re part light manufacturing, part designers, part craftsman and love any opportunity to combine these attributes to step up your custom framing.

We often refer to our Wizard 9000 mat cutter as our part time employee.  We love having a computerized mat cutter here at Anthology because of the many options it give us to enhance custom framing.  One of our favorite features is the pen option.  It’s function is to offer an alternative to hand drawing French Lines and replaces traditional brass or silver plaques.  On many designs, we incorporate lines with text.  Another benefit is that we have many fonts and pen colors available to make your piece unlike anything we’ve done before. 

We hope you will draw inspiration from the following designs to use in your own custom framing!

This first sample is photograph by Josh Dupelchian and was a gift to Governor Hickenlooper from Colorado Trout Unlimited.  Traditionally, a plaque might have been engraved and placed on the mat or directly on the frame.  A plaque was impractical for this custom frame due to the size of the photo and the substantial text they wanted included.  Also, any metal incorporated into the design would have been distracting from the organic nature of the photograph and the wood texture of the frame.  

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Long time clients, Talia and Daniel Haykin, came to us recently with a unique request.  They opened Haykin Family Cider last year, turning a passion into a family business.  Something we can relate to!  Before they had their own cidery, Daniel was already winning awards.  They brought us medals they’ve won and asked us to incorporate the competition name as well as the varieties into the custom framed shadow boxes.  We laid out the designs to highlight each medal in it’s own window and had the CMC write the details.  We chose basic black & white for the designs to match their modern tasting room in Aurora.  This will also allow us to seamlessly add to their award wall as they win more each year.  You can find their retailers on their website or visit the tasting room Thursday-Saturday evenings.

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This next custom framed sample is an antique print collected by a client.  There was considerably more paper at the bottom of the print than the top and sides.  We weighted the bottom of the acid free cotton rag mat and added a small pen design element to balance the negative space.

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This next design showcases a traditional French line in addition to text.  We custom frame these metal plaques as awards with the year and recipients name.  The gold pen offers a great repetition with the gold frame.

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When you own a custom framing business, you tend to experiment with your own family.  Last summer, we had the pleasure of visiting San Diego with the entire clan and made the commitment to do a family portrait.  For me, gifts for my parents are about the most challenging to buy.  I had one of the photos enlarged and wanted to custom frame it for their home.  Over the years, we’ve framed and reframed many family portraits for our clients and often if the photo is more than a decade old, people forget the where and when it was taken.  I decided to add the detail of the line, the text and the text boxes to keep a modern feel and add to the overall size of the piece.  In case you’re wondering, my mom loves seeing this everyday!

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This is about the most classic design of French Line Matting.  We used a gold fillet inside the mat opening and a double French Line, a water guilded gold frame compliments the style and design of the antique watercolor.  This traditional use of a pen line honors a centuries old technique that is still appropriate for current trends.

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Where have you been?

We like to say that we travel vicariously through our clients.  So, we’ve recently been to Egypt, Iceland, Mt Everest, Mexico, Italy, New York and more concerts than any one person could handle.  Our clients brought back original artwork, photos from monumental basecamps, antique papyrus, tribal masks and everything in between.  It’s incredible seeing people bring in such personal items to be custom framed so that they can relive their experiences everyday.  There’s the added bonus that conservation picture framing is the best way to make your memories last a lifetime.  We’d love to see where you’ve been in your travels near or far.  Get your photos off your device, by a piece of art or plan a family reunion.   

A Mark Ryden print made as a fundraiser for the NY ballet.

A Mark Ryden print made as a fundraiser for the NY ballet.

Wood mask hand stitched to a fabric mat.

Wood mask hand stitched to a fabric mat.

14 years of accomplishments in one custom frame.

14 years of accomplishments in one custom frame.

Wine labels collected from a trip to Italy.

Wine labels collected from a trip to Italy.

Limited edition Phish show poster with ticket stubs.

Limited edition Phish show poster with ticket stubs.

Extended family reunion attended from all over the country in the mountains of Colorado.

Extended family reunion attended from all over the country in the mountains of Colorado.

Antique papyrus from Egypt.

Antique papyrus from Egypt.

Mexican folk art of nativity scene.

Mexican folk art of nativity scene.

Colorful Guatamala painting.

Colorful Guatamala painting.

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.

3419 S Lincoln St. Englewood, CO 80113

Tuesday-Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-5

Sunday and Monday by Appointmen

kendra@anthologyfineart.com

zach@anthologyfineart.com