About 2 years ago I was contacted by an old friend who asked the great framing question:
“Can you guys really frame anything?”
Well after laughing a bit I replied with my favorite stock answer:
“If we can hold it down we can frame it.”
Two weeks later she walked in the door with an extremely fragile and deteriorated doll from about 1915.
I will tell you we were excited about this framing challenge. The doll belonged to the woman’s grandmother and was something she wanted to surprise her dad with. When we asked where her dad would hang it she replied: “Forget that, it’s going in my living room.” We all laughed but knew she was serious.
After several design attempts we came up with a plan:
• The frame would be a hand carved 4 3/4 inch deep box and lined with a neutral Bainbridge silk mat board.
• The carving on the frame was copied from a French artifacts box we saw in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
• The frame finish was produced by laying red clay on the raw wood and then 22k gold leaf was applied.
• The next step was to burnish it and introduce an antiquing process. This is what makes it look as if it’s 100 years old.
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This particular custom framed work was so delicate that we actually delivered & installed it. That evening I received a call from the family to thank the entire Stu-Art Supplies team for the care and craftsmanship that went into this job. It would be an understatement to say we were thrilled ourselves with the outcome.
It’s this kind of work that still excites us.
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Stu-Art Supplies has been serving the art community for more than 50 years. We are a second generation family business which strives to provide our customers quality products at the most reasonable prices. Our manufacturing facility is located in Baldwin, NY and we have been shipping our products throughout the US and Canada since 1965. Our business was developed to help both professional and amateur artists, photographers, students & hobbyists mat and frame their artwork themselves thereby saving them the cost of having to get their mats and frames from a custom frame shop or struggle with the difficulty and frustration of trying to cut their own mats. Our product line offers artists, photographers and art & craft hobbyists a way to frame, mat and display their artwork in an aesthetically pleasing manner at the lowest possible cost. Stu-Art Supplies is owned and operated by Lisa Hubley and Andrew Ray.
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