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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Custom Framing Gifts

1st anniversary is paper!

1st anniversary is paper!

 

We recently had a client email us a Pinterest link (which might be Kendra’s favorite form of visual communication).  She had seen a really great idea for an anniversary gift for her husband and wanted to replicate it.  Being their first anniversary, paper was an obvious choice.

She had a specific font and size in mind, so we left the lyric printing to her and used our computerized mat cutter to make the initials and heart out of an archival mat board.  They were then raised 1/4 inch out from the lyrics paper to create some dimension.  To accommodate the letters, we added a spacer between the two white mats.  The piece was finished with a contemporary black frame.

The cool thing about this gift is that you can use wedding vows, poetry, a famous quote or in this case meaningful song lyrics.  It could even be done for a birthday instead of an anniversary and hung in a kid’s room.  Luckily, much like framing your wedding invitation, now the groom will never forget his anniversary.

Custom Frame your Family Collections

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Family heirlooms and collections come in many shapes and sizes.  A customer recently came to us with 120 small cigarette cards that had been collected by her father-in-law.  Her husband is from England and the cards are a great example of mid 20th century advertising.  The cards were originally used as a “stiffener” for flimsy cigarette packs, but their humor and unique illustrations make them highly collectible today.

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Can your framer do this?

We had a call from the Western Dairy Association with a very specific request.  In honor of their 75th Anniversary they were framing some fine art photographs of cows, and they wanted to include their mission statement in a gold deboss or foil on the mat.  Thanks to our computerized mat cutter, the Wizard 9000, it’s a job that we can do in our normal turn around.  We used a beautiful burl wood frame from Larson Juhl’s Lisbon line.  The mats are Crescent Select Solid Core in neutral tones and the glass is Tru Vue Conservation Clear.  The pen tool can be done in almost any color, can be used with different fonts and in conjunction with french lines and many more customizations.

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