Shadow Boxes & Object Framing
OBJECT FRAMING USING A SHADOW BOX
Three dimensional objects are often overlooked when it comes to framing. At Framagraphic, we are open to any challenge, particularly when it comes to unique framing subjects. Object framing typically requires a shadow box to be built. These are deeper boxes that will stick out at least 1-1/2 inches away from the wall.
Is there a weight or size restriction?
No. Our framers are particularly skilled at finding solutions for oversized pieces. There are a number of materials that can be used to reinforce the frame, the object, or the backing. If you have a project in mind, we will be able to construct something that will work for you. One way to lighten the load on a frame is to use acrylic instead of glass. It is a far lighter material, and it is virtually impossible to break.
How do you hang something that is very heavy?
We often recommend using wall buddies as opposed to a wire or teeth for hanging a heavy frame. Wall buddies are drilled into the corners of the frame, and are extremely stable. Wall buddies are able to support up to 65 lbs. For objects over 65 lbs, a wall anchor would be used.
How do I install an object frame in my space?
We are more than happy to offer both deliveries as well as installation services. We have all the tools and equipment needed, and sometimes hanging is just easier with an extra hand.
- Featured Object Frames -
Mom’s Recipe Cards
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Keith decided to build a frame for these recipe cards. “Peach Marmalade,” “Lemon Sponge Pudding,” “Cherry Cake,” and “Date Squares” make for a pretty appetizing framing sample. We used a blue linen mat as the background, and a distressed wooden frame with a rustic country-kitchen feel. The recipe cards were raised and floated at different heights, making them seem to pop-out from the background. This also allowed Keith to create the look of a collage- where some of the corners of the cards overlap against the others. Visit the store to see a closer look, and we’ll even let you copy down the recipes to take home!
This shadow box pairs a vintage photograph of trophy fish, paired with a bait-shaped fishing hook. The frame is a deep wood frame, with a small line of red that trims the outside edges. The top mat is a tweed finish, with a bottom charcoal mat. The fishing hook is inset into the frame, with an suede olive mat underneath. The space where the hook is mounted is further framed by the wood fillet (one way to create the appearance of a frame within a frame). The gentleman with his prized fish is set inside a decorative opening.
Turkish Camel Bags
These Turkish camel bags came from a customer’s travels abroad. The wool bags were mounted onto an MDF support board which was covered with fabric, to create the appearance of a linen liner. The MDF supports the weight of the bags, allowing the frame to be simply decorative. The final frame came to a size of 66″ x 38″.
Symbol (Frame Restoration in Process)
We are currently in the process of restoring the shadow box that was made for this autographed symbol. Musical instruments are often made quite interesting when placed in an object frame. You are able to see the wears and tears of these pieces, where each mark and dent is a reminder of the passionate playing that happened at a concert or a show.
This pair of male and female sculptures were brought to us from a customer who acquired them from a gallery on Granville Island. For the framing, we outsourced the acrylic boxes, doing the rest in-house. The figures were mounted on a wooden backing frame which we covered with an iron coloured matboard. The steely greys are an interesting pairing for the colour and texture of the figures.