As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you.¬† I've wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off a proud accomplishment, or myself boasting about an exceptional design I've seen.¬† One day as I was bragging about such a job -¬†the framer I was with said "Wow!¬† I better step up my game" and a new column title was born.¬† A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos I will be posting¬†monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then.¬† I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to please email me your own photos at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com¬†
Keepsake Box - by Rami Alhakeem
My first photo shows off the tiniest item I've ever seen anyone wish to frame.¬† I was lucky enough to be at the¬†Tacoma Framemakers¬†when this item came in.¬† It is a 2x3mm confetti heart brought in by a woman who's husband hid this¬†among many¬†in their home.¬† They think this is the last one to be found so she wanted to commemorate this loving event and memory.¬† Rather than incorporating the item into a wall ready frame, it was turned into a objet d' art.¬† A beautiful box with the heart framed within its lid.¬† What a lovely item surely to be cherished for the rest of their lives.¬† I've aways said that half of framing is problem solving.¬† The customers first words were "I have something which I'd like framed - but I have no idea how you are going to do it or even if you can."¬† Well, YES WE CAN!¬†¬†
A moulding was cut¬†upside down¬†to create a base/ box.¬† An ornate cap frame with¬†an additional frame¬†as a liner was used for the top or lip of the box.¬† The same cap moulding was built into the liner backwards to¬†create a cove for the¬†mounted heart.¬† The glass went in between the cap and liner moulding.¬†¬† A black suede mat was used to build up the sides of the box as well as the¬†underside of the lid.