Brian's Blog

AUGUST 9th, 2015

 The End of The Blog As We Know It....

 As you can probably tell, there was no June or July blog. We have been so busy that it has been hard to keep up with this blog. So, as stated elsewhere, we will be posting twice a week on our facebook page with projects that we finish or developments that may be of interest to our clients. So, for now, Brian's Blog will be put into mothballs (or Carbonite) to, perhaps, be reawakened at some other time. You will, however, be able to look at our Blog Archives going back a number of years for useful information, articles and more. More often than not, the framing projects you see posted on our Facebook pages will appear in our Idea Wall on our website. This is our framing project photo album that shows many examples of work we have done over the years in every category imagineable.

We would like to keep in touch with you more than once a month, and we know your lives are way more complicated than for us to expect you might wish to visit our website on a regular basis. So, we will be visiting you more often, both on our Facebook page and we will have quarterly newsletters with special offers just for you, not advertised anywhere else. They will not appear on deal sites or in coupon blogs, since we are looking for long term relationships, not one coupon stands. You can, of course, opt out and not receive any emails from us, but we are hoping that, if we have done our job properly, you will not hit the delete key and drop our email in the trash bin.

While you are here, check out some of the projects we have been working on the last few months:

Rock and Roll Memorabilia Collage: Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots LP Collage Frame


Dana, our shop manger, was asked by her client to put together a collage of 4 Vinyl LP's, an autographed drum head, a CD and a small bit of signage she created and frame it in a shadowbox style frame. She did an awesome job! The drum head is on a riser and floats above the LP's. The LP's are still sealed and were held in place by means of a mylar wrapper that passes all around the album, meets in the back and passes through a slot in the base mat board, being then secured on the back. This allows you to secure them in place without any invasive adhesives and it is totally reversible. 

Total size, inside the frame, is 33 x 37. Frame is Omega 83705 gloss black lacquer, clear plexiglass, and the mat is Artique 4125 Pewter gray. Dana created the small black and white label, with the guitar and musical note silhouettes being cut out by our computerized mat cutter. Here are a few more pix:

ST  Pilots Detail 1

ST Pilots Detail 2

ST Pilots Detail 3

ST Pilots Detail 4 

Framing designed and executed by Dana L. Fisher, MCPF

Images shown courtesy of C. Burandt

Euro-studded Trip To Italy

 Dana's client honeymooned in Italy and wanted a little something to remember the trip on her wall. She brought in a pocket full of different Euro coins she picked up on the trip, along with an antique map of Italy (printed, ironically, in Chicago!). Here is the net result:

Euro/Italy Map Frame collage

Our computerized mat cutter, the Wizard 9000, allows us to cut circular openings, which were perfect for the coins. Here are some details:

Euro/Italy detail 1

Euro/Italy Detail 2

Euro/Italy Detail 3

The frame is a distressed, silver-leaf Omega moulding, #83356 that is 3/4" wide by 1 3/4" tall. The mat is Crescent 1174 4 ply rag Beige. Size of the glass is 18 x 20 1/4.

Framing designed and executed by Dana L. Fisher, MCPF

Images shown by kind permission of Teena McClelland

"Who" Framed That?

Cole Owl drawing detail 1 

My wife and I are into birds. She is an avid birder and I am a more recent convert. Our feathered friends are way more fascinating than you probably imagine. Their shapes, colors, habits, songs and general behavior are truly remarkable and merit on-going study. They are, truly, one of nature's most amazing creations.

One of our client's brought in a fabulously detailed pencil drawing of an owl (looks like a Screech Owl) and a small hand-made nest that her son, Kyle, created. She wanted us to create a shadowbox frame that would encompass both items. We selected a Larson "Wren" charcoal white oak shadowbox moulding, #L578146 that is about 2" deep. The glass inside (Artglass UV WW anti-reflective) is nearly invisible and is sized 15 3/4 x 22 7/8. 

Cole Owl and Nest Shadowbox

I created a platform to which I hinged the drawing and put a 1" foam core riser underneath it. The riser is glued to a linen-covered mat board shadowbox (Bainbridge 4023). The art is hinged to a piece of Crescent 9842 Coffee Bean mat board that picks up on the dark browns in the drawing and helps it stand out against the linen mat board behind it. 

Cole Owl and Nest Detail 2

Below all that is a platform with rounded corners and exposed bevel to which I sewed the nest and attached twig. It, too, has a riser under it, though not quite as tall, since the nest and twig were fairly tall elements.  

Cole Owl and nest detail 2

Cole owl and nest detail 3

Framing designed, executed and photographed by Brian D. Flax, CPF

Images shown by kind permission of Claudia Cole.

---Brian D. Flax, CPF

President, Flax Art & Frame Inc.

For Questions or Comments

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