item we box frame for you will be framed with conservation in mind as
we do not use any destructive fixing methods when it comes to your work.
This means no glue, nails, staples or anything that could damage your
Box frames can have the following elements:
strong wood is preferred to ensure the frame remains rock solid and
keeps your work safe. Tulipwood is a good choice we regularly use for a
balance of strength, budget and adaptability to finishes.
The frame will need to be deeper than the height of the work, to
allow for the construction materials (glass, mountboard, subframe etc).
This can be important to consider if you’re after a particular visual
dynamic in the frame proportions.
Using more depth than strictly necessary is completely up to you for either small, large or deep box frames.
We can advise on what suits your item best, but the decision is up to
you. It is possible to build up the profile, pack out the back of the
frame or fabricate a box frame in acrylic. We have recently completed
several acrylic box frames for wedding dresses, which is always
interesting. We have also undertaken box frames for football shirts, a
series of paper bags, a set of beer pump icons, dried flowers, a school
tie, resin cast baby feet, antique books, tickets, etc.
clients opt for a white, conservation paper wrapped glass spacer. This
gives a clean, modern visual and adds space to the frame.
Glass spacers can also be hand-finished in the same range of options
the main profiles. Custom finishing for the glass spacer can be very
effective. The artwork can appear to blend into the frame or a sharp
visual contrast can be achieved.
A mount board is often chosen by you to compliment the artwork.
The art then sits on top of the mount board and is attached
differently in many cases. Some examples of the reversible fixing
methods we use are Japanese Museum Tags, stitching and custom built
There are several options available to you regarding mount board:
colours, thickness, aperture, double mount, triple mount, multiple
aperture etc. All of these will be fully explained to you in your
initial consultation. All mounts are cut using a dedicated Swiss-made
computer-aided mount cutter.
Spacing around Art
A key consideration to make is how much spacing to leave around the artwork, before the edge of the frame.
How much space to leave depends on the size of the work and how it
will sit with the chosen profile. As the under-mount creates the
negative space, considering the under mount’s colour and material is
also important. A common size to use might be 30mm around the art.
Another point to keep in mind is the spacing of multiple objects.
It’s quite common for plaques or paper comments to be included with the
object. Or there may even be a selection of several objects that need to
be arranged for best visual affect.
Box frames can either be glazed with glass or acrylic (also sometimes
called Perspex, Plastic or Plexiglas). They each come in a variety of
options. There are 2 items to consider when it comes to glazing box
If the art being framed is susceptible to damage from UV rays (paper
artwork and textiles are particularly vulnerable) then UV protection is
something you may like. Glass and acrylic range from around 50%
protection right up to museum grade, 99.9% protection.
This is a simple upgrade that really sets off your work. It’s magic
seeing it in person – you assume it’s possible to reach out and touch
the art directly but it’s still fully protected. This is especially
useful if there will be down lighting, or strong opposite lighting where
the piece will be displayed.
With large box frames,
it will likely need a sub frame to make sure it stays fully rigid and
protects the artwork. This can double as an effective hanging method by
using a split batten on your wall. Just let us know if you’re interested
in this hanging method and we can build the frame to accommodate this.
We can also create welded aluminium box frames. You can see the process in the video below.