Framing an object
Often times people have objects that they would wish to display mounted on the wall as a piece of art. By framing an item in a deep frame, creating a shadow box, a three dimensional piece can be hung on the wall as if it were a picture or painting. Framing an object within a shadow box ensures that the piece remains clean and protected behind glass.
This Korean scroll has been inset within a 1 ¼ inch deep shadow box. The silky off-white tone of the back matting helps to brighten the details of the piece while emphasizing the deep olive and red shades. The antique silver gilding of the frame compliments the earthy tints within the piece while maintaining a sleek and contemporary effect. As this scroll is made of paper, it will now remain free of stains and tears while it is presented as a work of art.
Custom Framing – Lego Portrait
For a recent custom framing project here at Paris Frameworks, we framed a lego portrait of a client’s child. We floated the piece using a matching gray mat underneath, with deep, ¾” spacers to protect the portrait from the glass and create a shadow-box effect. Finally, a black glossy lacquer finished frame was chosen. What a fun and creative way to showcase this client’s lego portrait.
A fun and unique way of framing small images
This vibrant custom red-lacquered frame is a playful way to compliment the bold colors of these sardine tins.
The deep window mat doubly frames this grid of images in an island effect as the small images are raised above a neutral white mat, bringing them closer to the eye. This is a creative example of how to frame a collection of small images as one larger piece.
Object Framing – License Plates
We recently framed two NY State License plates for a client in a custom shadow box frame.
Our client came in with two tattered license plates which had a great amount of sentimental value. First we floated them onto a simpatico blue linen that worked well with the blue tones in the plates themselves. Next we determined spacing: 1″ in between the plates and 1-¼” all around. Also we had to account for a deep spacer to accommodate the bent plate’s dimension, making sure to leave at least ½” air space above the highest point.
Mounting was our next step, and it was critical because the plates, being bent, were not even. To work around this, we attached each plate to a recessed 1/8″ archival mat board platform. This allowed the plates to have an even surface to work with and then mount onto the blue fabric panel.
The frame we chose is a simple hand-finished cap frame in ash wood with a driftwood stain. This stain is complimentary to the grey/beige background of the plate.
The overall simpatico look of these components has a natural presence that makes these bent and tattered plates look like objects ready for the museum.
Deep Shadow Box in White
Pictured here is a unique wire sculpture portrait in a custom white shadow box in maple wood.
This sculpture has dimension so we gave it a deep spacer to accommodate its height. Because of the deep spacer and support strainer in the back, the frame, although small, became 5″ deep on the outside. The face we chose to keep thin: 11/16″.
We chose a linen background to soften the feel of the metal. We also chose to go with white linen so that the dark wire would pop forward. We gave about 1-½” air space all around and about ½” air space above the piece so it has plenty of room to breathe.
This dramatic piece now has an equally dramatic presentation that softens as well as compliments the piece nicely.
Eight Artistic Tiles
Pictured here is a unique framing job involving eight artistic tiles.
We came up with a floater frame design with a ½” panel with the same finish. The tiles were laid out the way the client wanted to see them. We gave them ¾” air space in between and 1″ all around.
Next I had our guys do some custom routing in the panel an 1/8″ deep to accommodate the size of each tile individually. The tile itself is ¼” thick, so if the tiles are sunk by 1/8″ they are still coming out by another 1/8″ and secured safely in place with some archival reversible adhesive. If the clients wants to remove them later on, they have the option.
The end result is stunning, and the client was very pleased with the presentation. They now look gallery ready.
Custom Object Framing
We worked with a client who had a special object: a shell encaustic piece. We decided to go with a Tall Flat Slant frame made of maple wood with a white wash finish. Because it is an object, we mounted it to a wood panel and attached it with aluminum “L” hooks patinated to a simpatico dull grey tone. They spoke well to the metal within the piece so the hooks disappeared. We picked out a soft violet tone from the Benjamin Moore color book that worked well with the pinkish quality of the white washed maple frame and the multi-tonal art piece itself. We next chose to float the piece by 3/4″ from the furthest points. The overall piece is small and stunning: definitely gallery worthy.
Plexi Boxes and Object Framing
We are well known for our plexi boxes and object framing. We welcome any challenge you may have and look forward to preserving your three-dimensional objects.
Pictured here is a 17th Century Vatican case with pendants featured in the interior front and back panels. We wanted to be able to view all sides and preserve it well so we chose a UV plexi box to encase it. We wrapped the base in a neutral beige linen which softened the edges of the angular case and likened it to a jewelry box.
To attach it we made a small wood armature wrapped in the same neutral beige linen to lift it on that side, which gave the interior a natural angle so we could view the front and back panels. To attach the other side we used a nearly invisible mylar strip and adhered it to the reverse side so it remains stationary with ease.
Next we have a unique soda can sculpture which will be presented on a pedestal. The sculpture is gently placed in the center of the base with ample airspace above and around it to give it plenty of room to breathe. We chose a hearty walnut base 1-½” deep to accentuate the wood tone of the figure coming out of the soda can.
Framing in Three Dimensions
Framing isn’t just for pictures. At New York Framemakers, we’re serious about preservation, and our skills can extend beyond the two dimensional. When it comes to protecting, preserving and displaying three-dimensional objects, there are several ways to go about it. On display in our store is an example of the sleekest method: a plexiglass box.
These ancient stone figures are mounted on a white linen backdrop using well-disguised thread. The texture of the linen picks up on the earthy, rustic nature of the statues, while maintaining the stark neutrality of a white wall. The five-inch deep box is made of 99% UV-protected plexiglass and features polished, bubble-free edges. Lightweight plexi hangs easily on the wall and showcases these rare sculptures in a museum-quality fashion.
Whether it’s a family heirloom, a sculptural work of art, a sentimental keepsake or a historical artifact, don’t let it collect dust on a shelf–frame it!
Lubna Chowdhary’s Ceramic Tiles
Lubna Chowdhary (www.lubnachowdhary.co.uk) is a London-based artist who works internationally. She creates richly-colored, modular compositions on tiles through a wide variety of precisely controlled ceramic techniques. Chowdhary’s artwork has been featured in interior and exterior architectural spaces. Her recent commissions include BBC, Conran and Partners, and Bellway Homes. Working in collaboration with architects, designers and art consultants, her project proposals are developed to fit the needs of the brief. Her work is available for purchase through her website.
We had the pleasure of framing several collections of her tiles, grouping them and arranging them to create two new compositions. We used handmade floater frames for both groupings of tiles. One had a light teak finish and the other had a dark teak finish. It was a challenge to get all the tiles to appear to be flush with each other since they had varying thicknesses. Together, the tiles unify to create an image, but the floater frame preserves their 3-dimensionality and reminds us that they are individuals as well as parts of a whole.