Tag Archives: framed collectibles

Arrowheads in a Roma shadow box

Do you collect anything? Arrowheads are still a popular collectible, and this recent custom job at our Harvard Square location is proof. The customer did it as a gift to a geologist in Texas. All the arrowheads were ones the geologist had collected over the course of the last several decades. The framer designed the arrangement on a silk mat, using museum glass. Each arrowhead had to be sewn onto the mat by hand. They’re shadowboxed in one of our Roma frames – a line of hand finished frames from Italy. Great job, guys! arrowheads


Unusual custom framing 101: an antique purse

What’s the most interesting collectible you’ve ever heard of? You may not have answered “antique purses”, but you have to admit that it’s a pretty unique idea. We’ve been hip deep in ’em thanks to a regular customer who’s framed almost too many to count. This current assortment is particularly beautiful, so we thought we’d give you a behind-the-scenes while showing them off. They’re always challenging to design for two reasons: one, we’ve gotta come up with a frame that’s deserving enough, and two, the design has to accommodate the shape and depth of each purse.
This turquoise one needed an even deeper frame than normal because of the ornate clasp at the top. So we stacked two frames together. Inside the inner-most frame, we built walls out of black foam-core to hold the mats at the front, creating a shallow shadow box. But this wasn’t deep enough, so…
…we bought ourselves a little bit more room by attaching spacers to the glass that went inside the outer frame.

When the frames were stacked together, there were several elements – the spacers, the thickness of the inner frame, the mats, and lastly the foam-core walls – between the glass and the purse itself.

The purse was carefully sewn onto a mat. This has to be done with three things in mind: it can’t damage the purse, it should be practically invisible so as not to be distracting, and it has to be secure so that it doesn’t come loose over time.

Below, you can see the final result. There’s also a fillet on the inside of the inner frame. We always use museum glass on these purses. While you may notice a glare in the photo, standard conservation glass would be much more reflective. We took several photos, but simply could not capture just how impressive this is in person. All of the different elements came together in such a way that it looks as though the purse and framing were all made by the same artisan at the same time. And that’s the goal of custom framing.

Here’s one more example that’s nearly finished. We used one of the hand-finished, Italian Roma frames, a suede mat on the top followed by a fillet, and a silk mat. We hope to have more photos for you soon of the other finished purses.
Do you have a special collection that you would like to see framed?

What’s better than a tie for Father’s Day?

Custom framing may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to Father’s Day gifts. “Dad would absolutely love a framed watercolor of a vase of posies,” is not a commonly heard phrase. But who said the gift had to be framed art? We can frame all sorts of items that are important to Dad. Whether he’s a collector, sports fan, nerd, music lover, or a guy who loves style, there’s something he would appreciate in a terrific looking frame. Just take a look at the wide array of manly custom framing jobs we’ve done – golf putters, marathon medals, record albums, pocket watches – there’s no limit to the gift ideas we could frame for you this Father’s Day. And if it has to be a tie, please, put it in a frame.