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!
We’re frugal too! The “buy one get one for a penny” sale on ready made frames is a great deal and awfully tempting. The only problem is the frames are often made of pressed cardboard, have a few scratches and all look the same.
The alternative, photo frames from Anthology. The same high end frames that you’ve come to expect on your custom work, but made in standard sizes. We have frames with acid free mats already cut and included, or we’ll be happy to find a more suitable color and custom cut it for you. You can also email us your files and we’ll be happy to make the photo print for you in any size. They make great gifts!
For the month of June, all our Ready Made frames are Buy One, Get One Half Off!
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.