Framing a Folded American Flag

Framing a Folded American Flag
Clients have asked us about the process of framing a folded American Flag. There is a lot more to it than you might expect.

Starting with a folded flag, the first step is to sew the flag onto a piece of acid free foam board.

While this is being done, the frame can be built, assembling the 4 corners and allowing each to completely dry for stability.

The next step is to add the glass to the completed frame, then to attach a colored build-up along the walls of the shadow box that match the mat color chosen.

A mat is cut to exactly fit the triangle of the flag and to accommodate any other plaques, photos or other memorabilia that the client would like included in the finished piece.

Finally the pieces are assembled.

Click through photos below to see the process.


FRAMING THEMES

FRAMING THEMES
Have you ever considered creating a themed wall for your decor?
A theme can consist of anything, such as old family photos or images and memorabilia of family vacations. Other themes could include maps of special places, music and concert posters or collections of any kind.
We recently completed a project for a client whose goal was to transport guests back to the events of April 14, 1912 and the sinking of the Titanic.
We think the framing reflects the appropriate era and nautical nature of the pieces.


Celebrating your Heritage

Celebrating your Heritage
In 1994, a little girl arrived from Russian with her new parents. Two weeks ago, this little girl now all grown up, was cleaning out an old dresser drawer and discovered an envelope with Russian money. Her adoptive parents had brought the money back with them as a souvenir from her old life in a Russian orphanage.  She decided to frame up this bit of her heritage. Here is the finished product which will help her to always remember where she came from.

Benefits of Museum Glass

When it comes to custom framing, museum glass  is unmatched with its amazing clarity and uncompromised protection.

Museum glass virtually eliminates reflections, and blocks up to 99% of  UV rays.  This glass also provides optimal light transmission to protect and brighten the colors in your artwork.

Framing with museum glass is a great option for that  special piece of artwork. This is important with images where the details matter or the artwork will be hanging an area with a challenging lighting environment. It is a perfect solution for shadow boxes where the glass is raised above the items framed.

These image are a perfect example of the difference between regular conservation clear glass and museum glass. The impact of the museum glass on the second image (below) is amazing!

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Shadow Box Framing

Shadow Box Framing
Do you have something special from your past that you would like to take out of the bureau drawer and display? A shadow box could be the perfect answer. We recently had a Playboy Bunny outfit that the client had tucked away for over 20 years. She decided it was time to display the memory of a time in her life that afforded her a chance to go to nursing school. This is the end result.

There is a lot that goes unseen in putting together a finished project like this.  We thought we would share  the process with you.

We begin with the initial layout, designed with the customer. the frame selected must be deep enough to accommodate objects in the design.  Each element  has to be sewn down by hand to the mat. At the same time someone else is building the shadowbox itself using the mat chosen to make the walls of the shadow box into the frame itself. Finally the mounted pieces are assembled into the frame.

Framing The Flag

Framing The Flag
We have recently had a lot of interest in framing the American Flag.  Like everything else, there is more than one way to do this. Here are 2 examples that we have put together in the past month. Of course, it depends on the size of your space as well as the size of your flag. Folding the flag may be the perfect solution for a smaller space or for a larger flag. Adding photographs or war medals help to personalize your project.  We love coming up with new ideas to make your project special.
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The Art of Custom Framing

The Art of Custom Framing
Great, great Grandma and Grandpa Gillespie lived in the attic for over a hundred years.  Their descendant who found them decided they deserved better.  We agreed.  Not many people have photographs of their family that date back five generations.
This special project deserved special attention.

We started by putting a fillet around each photograph that came with its own paper matting from the 1850's,  We raised the photographs and attached them to a silk mat.  Next, we built a special angled mat with its own fillet to give it a unique shadowboxed look that draws your eye into the images.  We finished it off with a beautiful Larson-Juhl frame from the Biltmore Collection.

We think the spectacular result epitomizes The Art of Custom Framing!

Preserving Your Memories

Preserving Your Memories
Time, light and the environment can fade and discolor photographs and other artwork. To preserve your memories it is important to use UV protective glass, either conservation or museum.  The image on the left is an example of the damage UV light can do.  It had been framed with regular clear glass. The image  to the right had been protected in a photo album.
By using conservation materials including UV protective glass, either conservation or museum, as in the finished piece, your artwork will be protected for years to come.
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Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014
Every Christmas we have a favorite project. This year it was really something special!

We had a customer come in who had recently lost her mom and wanted to do something unique for her two sisters. From what we learned about her mom she was quite a woman and  the life of the party. She and her daughters were very close.

Our client came in with a beautiful sparkly sequined dress her mom had worn and a poem about her. She wanted to incorporate the dress in a gift for her sisters for Christmas. Her plan was to cut the dress in half and frame each side with the poem. After trying to lay this out, we came up with a new plan. We took pieces of the dress and created a sequined mat to surround the poem. She had her sisters’ Christmas gifts.

The best part is her husband snuck into the store and ordered one for her as well. So all three sisters have a beautiful remembrance of their very special mother. Here is our finished piece