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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

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50% OFF Roma frames sale starts today!



This is an amazing sale – Big Picture Framing is offering half-off custom Roma frames thru August. Roma frames are hand-finished Italian frames – each one is truly unique. They feature applications of gold and silver leafing, genuine woods, exotic veneers, patinas, superior lacquers and finishes, all done by hand. Our framers get excited whenever we can use one of these in a design ’cause the job always ends up looking beautiful. Here’re some pics to give you an idea. But the real proof is seeing them in person, so come on in this month!

I saw her standing there with a frame, so I had to act naturally



Vinyl records, needlepoint deers, tiny paintings? Yeah, we’ve got it all. In fact, we’ve had such a wide variety of jobs lately that we wanted to show ’em off and hopefully give you some great ideas. And it’s not just a variety of art, but some unique design combinations that we & our customers put together. These old 45 singles of Beatles songs were framed using a multi-opening mat of black silk – the fabric mat offers a much deeper black than a paper one so it compliments the vinyl record. We used museum glass because it’s especially effective with objects and dark colors.


A doe, a deer, a female deer. In a needlepoint, that is. And yes, that is museum glass again. But it mustn’t touch the fabric, so we sandwiched it between the two frames. The only thing better than one Roma frame is two Roma frames stacked together – voilà!

We often see a lot of art from vacations, but it seems like there’s more than ever lately. This small canvas of the Eiffel Tower meant a lot to the owner, but it may not have looked like much to anyone else. It needed some dressing up. Traditionally, canvases don’t get a mat or glass, so they need some help standing out on a wall, particularly one this small. We took two different frames that the customer couldn’t decide between and put ’em together. We don’t typically condone combining metal and wood frames, but this was too good a look to pass up. There’s a “Purple Haze” colored metal frame inside and a – yep, you guessed it – Roma frame around the outside.

Let us know what you think of these. Do they give you any ideas about what you’ll do differently the next time you frame something of your own?

Hey, nice stack!


We’ve talked about stacked frames before. A stacked frame is a design involving two or more frames put together to create a truly custom look. When the proper frames are chosen, they no longer look like separate frames, but an entirely new frame of its own. Recently, our Shrewsbury staff did a job that is definitely one of the most impressive combinations we’ve ever seen. It’s three Roma frames and a fillet on the inside edge. Roma is a line of beautiful, hand-finished Italian frames we offer. We asked the staff about how this design came about.

“Well that Tabacchino stack was amazingly sold on art from Home Goods. It’s some very generic artist’s image, reproduced and canvas stretched. We’ve actually framed a lot of stuff of theirs from Home Goods. Just a flavor of the month in the reproductions world, but people eat it up! As for the customer, she just loved it! Nothing sentimental, not a vacation bargain, just something that caught her eye. She was hanging it in a formal living room with high ceilings, over a very large fireplace. She loved the image, and thought it would be perfect in that room. She had dimensions she was trying to bring the size up to, so we started showing her stack combinations right away to meet her vision. (It was already oversized as it was too!) She just fell in love with that Roma stack. She got so involved in the design with stacking and trying fillets that she actually came up with the idea for the black fillet herself. She was thrilled with the way it turned out!”


Assistant manager Chris approves! Way to go, guys!

9 new Romas in time for the holidays

Before you go to that Halloween costume party, come in and see the 9 new moulding choices we’ve added to our Roma selection. They look so good, this Scarecrow forgot all about the yellow brick road. We’ll be talking about them more in the coming weeks, but the best way to get acquainted with them is in person.