How to Frame 3-D Art

Frames don’t just have to capture 2-D objects such as pieces of art or photographs, 3-D pieces can also be framed and hung. Framing 3-D objects- sports memorabilia, medals, flower bouquets, and even jewelry or pieces of porcelain- opens the doors for decorating your home with what you truly want to display. Framing these objects not only allows you to showcase your art and memories in a beautiful way, but it also helps preserve them over time. We wanted to take some time to show how we frame 3D art, and how that framing process can differ depending on what is going into the frame.

At Frames Unlimited, we offer museum quality framing of both two and three dimensional pieces. We understand that the framing process for a three dimensional item can be tricky, so we’ll work with you and walk you through each step. The first step in this process is choosing the proper frame. This step is key, as you’ll want to ensure that you want to choose a shadow box that is deep enough to fit the object. Most often, the type of frame used to frame 3-D objects is a shadowbox. A shadowbox is an enclosed, glass front picture frame that is deeper than standard picture frames and is designed to store and display your precious mementos such as pieces of clothing, jerseys, and any other three dimensional object. Once the job is complete, shadowboxes can be displayed on a wall, a shelf, or even as a prominent floor piece.

For more delicate materials, such as embroidery or needlework, we offer hand lacing framing services that include using an acid-free backing to help keep your work in the best possible condition. Finding, and using, an acid-free board for your needlework art is a crucial step in the framing process, because the acid typically found in most backings has the potential to filter into the embroidery, causing it to discolor and rot over time. Once we have the correct backing, we use a hand lacing technique to secure the embroidery to the board. Delicate pieces like needle work should never be glued, stapled or pinned, because these techniques can harm the embroidery, and are often not tight enough to prevent puckering. Instead of worrying about finding the right materials, learning the correct technique, or risking harm to your embroidery, bring it in and we’ll ensure the job is completed correctly.

For further protection, we also offer clear UV filtering glass. Fabrics and textiles can risk fading in the sun, but conservation clear glass helps to effectively block 99% of UV light rays. Indoor and outdoor light rays can also discolor and deteriorate pictures and photographs, so choosing a UV filtering glass is a good idea no matter what you’re framing.

Whatever piece of art, object, or memory you’d like to preserve, Frames Unlimited will help you find the perfect frame and properly preserve your item. We are offering appointments to give you a safe and personalized experience where we can answer all of your questions. Appointments are currently available Tuesday through Friday. To secure your appointment slot, request a private consultation today.