Custom Picture Framing: FRANGO MINT PROJECT

Custom Picture Framing


Nov 2015

At Framer’s Alley, we are experts at framing just about anything.  Over the years, we’ve had several unique projects come through our door but recently we got to enjoy custom framing one of our most interesting projects to date.  A local Park Ridge, Illinois (suburb of Chicago), customer brought in an old 25 LB. box of Frango Mint Candy.  He wanted our team to design and re-frame his special irreplaceable one one-of-a-kind artwork.

When the project came in.. the large Frango box was glued down to a background of delicate original Marshall Field’s tissue paper.  In terms of project specs, the existing frame was damaged so he wanted us to re-frame the piece in a updated more elegant style frame plus reduce the overall frame dimension/size.

The Frango box is about five inches tall (height) so we originally recommended a deep shadow box to protect the artwork and frame materials from the elements. The current frame had the Frango mint box sticking out/the front; the client wanted to maintain this look rather than a shadow box.

This proved to be a challenge with the overall size, depth. The Frango box is approx. 3 ft. wide by 2 ft. tall so we needed a solid frame to hold everything together to ensure it didn’t break like the old thin frame.

Our design team recommended a black and brushed antiqued Wood frame style to enhance the gold Marshall Fields logo on the tissue paper. We determined we could carefully remove the box’s top to wrap it in acid free Duralar to protect it from the elements. Wrapping the box was quite difficult because no box is actually square!

We had to slowly cut slight angles in the ends of the Duralar so it wouldn’t pucker as it wrapped around the lid. The tissue paper backing also proved difficult to cut smoothly but our master framer was able achieve a smooth line around the sides.

The finished product looks great with the glossy Duralar wrapping around the box to make custom picture framing project chicago - frango mintit look brand new. The soft tissue background accented the dark green box quite well.

It was one of our favorite projects particularly since a few of our framer’s grew up in Chicago neighborhoods so they are longtime fans of Frango Mints-Marshall Field’s. Certainly, a unique frame job that had its challenges but proved to be one of our best! Most important, our customer was pleased with the new design, frame and end result.

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