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April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 243

Picture frames are not just for displaying photos. Three-dimensional crafts or treasured collectibles, like buttons, coins or seashells can be prominently displayed in picture frames. You can even display unique items like an autographed baseball, or keepsakes from a special wedding, college graduation or vacation can be shared when framed inside an interesting shadow box picture frame.

There are a number of considerations when mounting your items inside a shadow box picture frame:

• Measurements and Weight: When thinking about large or hefty items, you will need to determine if the item can be properly held in the shadow box frame and whether the wall on which it will be hanging can support the load of the mounted frame. If your objects are quite large then you'll probably need one or two deep shadow box picture frames, and some very strong and heavy-duty hangers for the frame.

• Composition and Condition: If an object is too unstable, meaning the materials it is made up of may deteriorate over the years, you will need to take steps to keep it intact. Dried flowers and leaves, clay and even some kinds of metal and fabric materials fall into the unstable category.

Whatever the dimensions, weight or composition of your item, you now need to decide how you will support your item securely and attractively within the frame.

Take Measurements of Your Object

A few of the measurements you will need to take are very essential. One is to determine the length and width of the item to be exhibited and the other is to calculate the item's thickness, or its depth. Just how deep of a shadow box you are going to get will be determined by exactly how thick the item you want to frame is. When you measure for thickness, make sure to allow for the glazing and backing boards.

Your Frame's Style and Design

You're now down to the most enjoyable part of getting to use a shadow box picture frame. It is time to get inventive and determine the layout of your display. Before you attach anything inside the shadow box, look over your items and get a feel for how you want your exhibit to appear. Arrange and rearrange until the items appear exactly the way you like them. You might find that an instinctive order comes into play or you may group items by specific dates or size. The best thing you can do is to simply organize and rearrange until you uncover the layout that's right for you. Balancing colors and sizes is the key to developing an attractive, interesting display.

Spacing of items is important to the overall eye catching appearance of your display. If you want to focus your presentation on one item, make sure you find balance in the space around it; too little crowds it and an excessive amount overwhelms it. The same holds true for displaying multiple items. You do not want them to appear crowded but you also want them close enough together so they are viewed as one cohesive display. Do not forget: trying, failing, and then trying something new will ultimately lead you to the perfect arrangement.

Framing things in a shadow box picture frame uses the guidelines for every other kind of picture framing. Choose the frame color to complement the color of the items displayed or to match the unique style of the items. When there are several items in the frame, you can do one of two things with the color. Pick a color that appears numerous times so that you can tie the items together, or go with a color that is somewhat neutral and will match all of the objects.

After you've hung up your shadow box, you may want to pick some more picture frames to hang on the wall on opposite sides of the box. You can make a quite eye-catching arrangement if you put together the frames to go with the shadow box (a wood shadow box with a wood picture frame, for instance), and coordinate the pictures with the items inside the box.

Whichever method you choose for placing your items on display, the most essential thing to keep in mind is that you should have fun doing it. Put your creative imagination into motion and create an arrangement that not just you, but also the rest of your family members, will truly enjoy looking at.

We at Your Picture Frames offer a lovely selection of beautiful shadow box picture frames in various sizes and materials. Take a look at our unique photo frames online or give us a call at 800-780-0699 so that we can help you find what you need!

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