Big bottoms can be slimming
Grandma's Wedding Announcement is a little found treasure that begged to be framed. Problem is that it was a bit too little. So we gave it more matting at the bottom to make it taller.
This is called having a "weighted bottom." Weighting is a common framing practice that can effectively add more height or width to a frame to fill a space but can also serve to visually lengthen or widen a piece by changing the proportional relationship between image and frame. It also looks cool and "design-y"
Fraternity Code of Ethics and corresponding pins.
Handmade lures are too beautiful to end up inside a fish's mouth. Hand sewn to bottom mat with raised bordering mats to not only keep the lures from contacting the glass but add depth and visual interest as well.
Also, notice how frame is hung at a 45 degree angle. Who says a frame has to hang straight up and down? Consider this option when hanging a square object.
Have Great-Grandma's passed down costume jewelry that is beautiful and meaningful to you but you would never wear in a million years? Here is an option.
You can have old family heirloom pieces mounted and presented for all to see and admire. And since all mounting done here at If These Walls Could Talk is completely reversible, you don't have to worry damaging your treasures. Who knows, broaches could become a thing again...
Stick-ing to It
Some things present more of a challenge to frame than others. Here, we were tasked with framing this signed, 60-something inches long, hockey stick. The problem here was that not only was the object being framed larger than mats are made but its shape meant a large mass of empty space.
We used these issues to our advantage and turned what would have been an ugly mat splice into a design element. Tickets from the winning game and the year cut into a contrasting mat to help fill empty space.
A solitary decorative tile of diminutive proportions serves little practical purpose. A great way to display little treasures like this is to frame them with a raised complimentary mat. Having a raised mat not only picks your object off of the glazing but it also adds visual interest and depth (Something that can be applied to flat art as well.)
Grandmother's Handkerchief and pin. A great way to remember Granny is to frame objects of her's that remind you of her. Here, instead of having a large square of fabric, we folded the handkerchief into something more interesting. Mounting it with the pin is a great way to incorporate both items.
Here is an example of something you can do with all your old political buttons you collected for the last election. (Especially if your side won...)
Shadowboxes are a great way to display meaningful trinkets that would otherwise end up in a box in your attic.