Shadow box frames can be some of the most challenging and the most rewarding custom framing projects. We had a long time client come to us before the holidays with a significant family project. When her father was 9, he won a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Race. His father (her grandfather) had helped him with the car and afterward made a wonderful display for the derby car and award. Her father always kept it and eventually gave it to her “little brother”. Fortunately, after 50+ years it was still in great shape and they had some wonderful photos of the winner and his siblings.
Our client knew it was important to her brother and wanted to ensure it would stand the test of time. She also wanted to make it something that he’d be able to look at everyday, while keeping all the elements together. She brought us the car and award display along with the photos and his ribbon. The award display that her grandfather made really needed to stay as it was with the car, making the depth of the box over 3 inches. We had to “stack” two mouldings in order to achieve the depth but it worked out flawlessly! We were able to recess the heavy wood plaque into a fabric Crescent mat, cut windows for the photographs and mount his ribbon. The project was enclosed in a Larson Juhl custom shadow box frame in a similar wood tone as the car and award display. The sides of the custom shadow box were lined with the same mat. TruVue glass was used to protect everything from fading and to keep the inside sealed and clean.
We custom frame a lot of art in Denver, some of it rather pricey. But sometimes the truly priceless pieces aren’t those worth a ton of cash but the memories that are represented in everyday things. Let us be your framer and we can preserve your memories too!
Our client was kind enough to send a photo of her father and brother with the finished piece. We hope he enjoys it for years to come!
Some wedding invitations are too pretty to throw away. If it’s your own or you saw first hand how much they cost or what it took to find “the perfect one” it’s even more understandable that a girl might want to keep it on her wall for eternity.
The custom mat cut on this was a great way to dress up a classic invite. It was finished with a Larson Juhl frame from their Mantilla collection
It’s a great gift that she never thought to register for. And as an added bonus, picture framing their wedding invitation giver her husband a constant reminder of their anniversary.
After my son was born, I swore I would make an album every year with my favorite photos to commemorate all the milestones. I made one and now he’s four. I still plan to get there, but I am a picture framer to my core so somehow I mange to get framed photos on the wall. As much as I enjoy dragging out the albums several times a year and looking at them with the family, I get daily pleasure from the family photos on the wall.
This piece was done for a couple that have been married for 40 years and now have five grandchildren. The families live all over the country but manage to get together once a year. The photos were compiled from those meetings as well as from the day to day. Multi openings such as these have a tendency to get big, which is part of the appeal, and therefor can seem cluttered. A natural solution is to have all your photos printed in black and white or sepia tone. The design was laid out and cut on the Wizard 9000 which was also used to add the kids’ names and birthdays. I chose to make some of the windows rounded and some rectangular to customize it a bit more.
The beauty of a multi opening like this is that the pictures could easily be swapped out in a few years to resemble the changes in the family. My guess is that grandma will choose to just make another one.
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.
A collection of great-grandma’s handmade purses and gloves along with wedding photos. We used a custom shadowbox frame from Larson Juhl. The raised custom mat was cut courtesy of our Wizard computerized mat cutter. Custom framing should be done to last, so everything we do is archival. Acid free mats, uv-glass and the least invasive mounting possible. As with the majority of shadowboxes we frame, all the objects here were hand stitched and the photos were hinged with linen tape and backed with acid free foam.