Perfect Frame for Breathtaking Uptown Theater Photo

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We’re not exaggerating when we call this photo breathtaking.  This shot of the Uptown Theater was taken by local photographer Eric Holubow, and is incredibly vivid  when seen in person.  We wanted to make sure to design a frame layout that complimented the gorgeous architecture of the Uptown Theater, while still keeping the focus on Holubow’s amazing photo.  In the photo, you can see that the once beautifully upholstered theater chairs have grown threadbare and dusty over the years.  The dusty reddish plum of the fabric contrasts sharply with the ethereal golden glow of the ceiling.  We have over 1000 frame options, so we were able to find a frame that had the EXACT coloring and texture of the worn-down upholstery.  Our designers then chose a simple white mat accented with a slim tarnished silver fillet that plays off of the silver detailing in both the frame and antique metalwork of the theater.  The piece is finished with museum glass to give a crystal clear view of every color and detail.


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Close up of the frame and fillet finish.


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Close up of Holubow’s photo.  See the photographer’s own copy of the image, as well as more of his work –> here.

Vivid Red Frame for Whimsical Screen Print

This fun and whimsical screenprint of a smiling devil was recently brought into our shop.  The owner of the print gave our framers free reign on the design, only asking that we do something to increase the overall size of the print, and come up with a fun design.  We chose a design that let the print float atop of a gray mat, and then used a red fillet and white top mat to mimic the border of the print.  We finished it off crystal clear museum glass and a crisp and modern red frame.


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This close up of the red frame shows the striations of darker colors that add a richness and visual interest to the frame.  Our framer chose this frame because it tied in both with the colors and the textures in the ink of the print.




devil frame1This close up shows the detail of the red fillet.  The fillet is a small wood liner that can be positioned either on the interior of a mat, or as an accent on the interior of the frame.  We use them often to add dimension to a design.


Framed Arrowhead Collection

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We recently created this small custom shadowbox to frame our client’s collection of arrowheads.  We used a rough natural linen and rustic frame to accentuate the roughly carved stone.  The arrowheads appear to be floating, but were affixed using a reversal method, should our client ever decide to re-frame his collection.

Thoughtful, Personalized Wedding Gift: Custom Framed Wedding Invite

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Clients often ask us to frame wedding invites for their friends and loved ones.  It’s a much more personalized gift than picking something off of a registry, and gives the newlyweds a chance to appreciate all the time and effort they put into picking out the perfect invitation for their day.

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For this wedding invite of a friend of one of Frame Factory’s owners, we propped up the invitation, RSVP, and address card.  The raised edges are lined with decorative fillets, and displayed on a linen fabric backing.  The frame is finished with museum glass – so all the details are crystal clear.

Black Hawks Jerseys and More


Because we’re lucky enough to live in the home of the greatest NHL team there is, Frame Factory has been very busy lately framing jerseys, pucks, and all kinds of other memorabilia for Blackhawks fans.  Here are some of our favorites;

Blackhawks Pucks

For this memorabilia shadowbox, we used a special clear custom encasement to suspend, protect, and display these commemorative pucks.

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Side view.  We built quite a deep shadowbox to allow the pucks enough room to be showcased, but still protected by museum glass.


Another one of the many jerseys we were fortunate enough to frame this NHL season.  This one featured small insets to showcase our client’s collection of Sport’s Illustrated issues that celebrated the Stanley Cup win.

Custom Shadowbox for Delicate Paper Cutting

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For this delicate paper cut piece, we built a custom shadow box and lined it with cream colored satin fabric.  The frame moulding is Italian crafted with a walnut veneer and beeswax finish.  The art is suspended to give a “floating” appearance.  This allows light and shadows to flow through and highlight the intricate paper cuts within the art.  This piece is finished with museum glass which is non-glare, UV protected, and offers perfect clarity.

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Beautiful Vintage Inspired Black Frame

This is one of our favorite projects from last week.  Though we offer the same pre-mounted  fabric mats you may see at other frame shops, we also craft our own hand-wrapped fabric mats from scratch, which allows our clients nearly limitless choices in fabric colors and textures.  We hand-wrapped this mat with a heavy textured linen and finished the edges with a simple black fillet.  With the help of one of our frame designers, our client chose a beautiful vintage inspired italian frame moulding to pair with her art.  The project is finished with museum glass which offers 99% UV protection and perfect clarity.


Framed Vintage Passport Photos

These passports once belonged to the mother and father of one of our clients.  After her parents passed away, she wanted to display their old passports side-by-side to honor the journeys they made together.  We used a special order Nurre Caxton frame, and mounted each passport so they appear to be floating on fabric.  They are also set back slightly from the glass, to both preserve them, and allow the passport to fold slightly, as it would if one were holding it.

Framed Sports Trading Card Collection

We recently created this very large custom frame to fit our clients collection of sports trading cards.  The custom design included archival floating of the trading cards within six symmetrical mat openings, each lined with a gold fillet.

Our Frames After They Leave Our Shop

We always love to see how our work has become a part of our client’s homes.  A longtime client sent us these photos of several pieces we have framed for her over the years.  The close up photo is of a painting she bought at our recent parking lot sale over the summer, and is framed with a Jonathan Adler custom frame moulding.