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Contemporary Shadowbox

Originally created in 1977, this piece is a multi-layered watercolor incorporating use of raised-cut paper, which duplicates the background image. It was also framed in a plexiglass box, but was showing the signs of age.


The customer wanted to create a unique look that not only showcased the piece, but captured the look of the 1970’s - we were able to do this in two installments.


For the first part, we chose to shadowbox the artwork in a Bright Silver metallic frame from Omega Moulding “Apex’ series, in which we had to perform some very custom work on this piece to make it fit. Initially, the silver shadowbox frame was a little too tall for our project, so we trimmed it down a bit with our table saw, removing a 1/4” of material from the bottom. After this was completed, we installed the artwork into the frame with TruVue Museum Glass and MightyCore inserts on the sides to separate the art from the glass.


The second part of this project was the Floater frame that we used on the outside. We chose the really bright and funky Tangerine Orange Floater from Omega Moulding’s “Pop!” Collection. Typically used to frame Gallery Wrapped Canvas, we repurposed this very 1970’s colored frame to add the "final touch" that was essential to complete the glitzy and glamorous look of our custom shadowbox frame.

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