All of our frames are joined with splines, the way that frames used
to be made. This is a technique that seems, sadly, to be dying out, with
even a lot of premium frames made today being merely glued together. By
cutting a groove into each component of the frame, and joining them
together with custom-made tongues, we are able to achieve much greater
strength and durability than mass produced frames.
In addition, using splines to join a frame simply makes it look much
better. With large box frames, where the frame itself makes a big visual
impact, this is especially important.
The fact that we make every box frame to your custom specifications means
it will be exactly the size you ask for. Many framing companies, and
even some of those who offer “bespoke” framing, cheat a little in this
regard, mass producing box frames and then choosing one which roughly
fits your requirements. We do not do this.
This is particularly important with wide box frames, because often
they are used to frame 3-dimensional works of unusual dimensions. Even a
5mm difference in the size of the frame can make all the difference to
the security and look of these pieces, and therefore it is important to
have the frame in precisely the correct dimensions.
It is also
important if you are seeking a particular visual effect from your frame.
Balancing the size and depth of a frame against an artwork is an art in
itself, and after 50 years experience of framing we modestly believe we
have some expertise in this matter!
Construction of Oversized Box Frames
When it comes to the particular specifications of your box frame, you
have a huge scope for customisation. We are always available to advise
on the perfect frame for your artwork and needs, of course, but before
choosing a frame it is worthwhile considering a few key elements.
First and foremost, think about the depth of the frame. For
3-dimensional work, this can seem simple – merely measure the artwork,
and order a frame that will fit around it! However, in reality the
choice of frame profile is much more complicated than this.
Choosing the correct depth of frame is an art in itself. When framing
large 2-dimensional artworks, you can generally get away with a frame
not much bigger than the piece itself. However, with large 3-dimensional
pieces that require deep frames, you need to ensure that the frame is
not “crowding” the art, making it look like it is imprisoned rather than
On the other hand, many smaller pieces of artwork can actually
benefit from oversized box frames. Smaller pieces can sometimes seem a
but lost when mounted on otherwise busy walls, especially in a domestic
context. Using a wide or tall box frame to give them their own space can
not only draw attention to them, but also allow the viewer to
appreciate them on their own merits without being distracted.
It is also possible to use box frames to bring together multiple
objects into one frame. When doing this, it is important to arrange the
objects for best effect, and again this is something that we are able to
We are able to produce large box frames to any depth, and can advise on the perfect finish and size for your needs.
Large Welded Aluminium Box Frames
Often it’s visually desirable to have a deep profile with a thin
front face. This gives the artwork the space it needs, and lets the
frame get out the way when admiring the work.
With very large frames made from wood, you require quite a large face
to safely hold the glass in place. The solution here is to use a large
welded aluminium frame.
Finally, carefully consider the glazing you want to use on your
frame. One of the most important features of any frame is its ability to
protect the artwork inside, and your choice of glazing is a critical
aspect of this.
We offer two types of glazing – glass or acrylic. Glass is generally
preferred for premium frames, especially for artworks, because it is
more resistant to scratches and is generally more hard-wearing. However,
bear in mind that if your frame is particularly large, glazing it in
glass will add a lot of weight. This is fine if you are going to mount
your framed artwork and leave it alone, but if you need to transport
framed works regularly it can make sense to go for lighter acrylic
If the artwork being framed is on paper or textiles, UV protection is
a must. Strong sunlight can quickly damage these materials, destroying
the subtleties of an artwork within weeks. We offer a range of anti-UV
coatings that provide differing levels of protection, from a standard
50% up to museum-grade 99.9% protection for the most fragile or valuable
If you are mounting work in an area with strong ambient light, it can
also be worth investing in Reflection Control coatings. These can be
applied to either glass or acrylic glazings, and significantly reduce
reflections from nearby lights or windows. Whilst this technology has
long been used in gallery and museum contexts, where it reduces glare
from strong spotlights, it has recently grown in popularity even for
frames mounted in a domestic context.
Benefits of Large Box Frames
There are many specific benefits of our large box frames, from the
level of customisation available to the visual impact achievable by
using large frames.
Because every one of our frames is hand-made to your requirements, it
is possible to customise almost any aspect of the the frame. This is
true for all of our frames, but especially important with large box
framing because here the frame itself tends to have a large visual
The first aspect to consider is the material the frame itself is made
of. Most of our large or deep box frames are made of Tulipwood, because this
offers a good balance of strength, price, and the ability to take on a
wide range of finishes.
Second, the space around the artwork can be customised. Most
customers choose a white, conservation paper-wrapped glass-spacer, which
gives a clean and modern look. However, it is also possible to change
the colour or finish of the spacer, and this can achieve quite striking
effects – making the artwork blend in with the frame, highlighting
particular colours or aspects, or merely creating a strong visual
Your options, however, do not stop there – it is possible to
customise every aspect of your frame, from the space around your artwork
to the colour of the mount. We are, of course, able to advise you on
the best combination of materials and finishes for the effect you are
Choice of Glazing
We offer oversized box frames with with a choice of either glass or
acrylic glazing. Which you choose will depend on your budget, and on the
particular effect you are seeking to achieve.
Ultraviolet protection is a very popular addition for many artists
and galleries. Paper and textile artworks are particularly susceptible
to damage from UV rays, which can quickly fade colours and erase
details. If the artwork is antique, or particularly valuable, it is
therefore worth investing in a frame that will offer archive-grade
protection. Protective ultraviolet coatings can be applied to either
glass or acrylic glazings, and we offer a range of levels of protection,
from around 50% right up to museum-grade 99.9%.
Reflection Control is another simple upgrade that can really enhance
art works. By almost completely cutting out reflections from the
glazing, an almost magical effect is achieved – the first time you see
it, it is difficult to believe that the art is actually behind glass.
This coating is especially useful if mounting artworks in a gallery
environment where there is strong downlighting, or if you are displaying
artworks opposite a large, sunny window.
Bigger box frames are, by definition, a bit more sturdy than smaller
frames. This is especially important for fragile sculptural works, where
you want to be able to rely on the frame to protect the work inside. In
addition, many large galleries use box frames because they are better
suited to being regularly moved and transported than smaller frames.
In a domestic context, the added security of a huge box frame is also
advantageous, because in a busy household, and especially one where
children are running around, accidents can happen. Having a thick,
sturdy frame around your prized art can therefore give great peace of
We always frame work with conservation in mind, and design our mounts
so that the item is safely and reversibly held in place. Though the
technique used to mount items varies depending on their size, shape, and
weight, we never use glue, nails, staples, or anything else that can
damage the artwork.
For the largest box frames, or for those used to mount particularly
heavy artworks, we can use a sub-frame to ensure that the frame itself
stays fully rigid and secure. This is designed to give even greater
protection to the artwork, but can also double as an effective hanging
method. By using a split batten on your wall, it is possible to
invisibly mount large, heavy box frames. If you are interested in this
hanging method, just let us know, and we can build your frame to
This is where box frames really come into their own. It goes without
saying that, by choosing a frame that is quite deep, you can use the
colour and finish of the frame itself to create visual impact.
This can be done in a variety of ways. By using a set of similar
frames within one space, it is possible to create a sense of continuity
between artworks that might otherwise be quite variable. A set of frames
in a room can have quite an impact in itself, even before you look at
the artworks contained in them.
Alternatively, it is possible to use large frames to draw attention
to a particular artwork, whether this be a 3-dimensional piece or not. A
box frame will add emphasis to a piece even from across the room, and
by giving the artwork space to “breathe” within its frame you can allow
the viewer to focus solely on it.
Beyond this, there are a range of techniques for using frames to
enhance the particular qualities of individual artworks. Even flat,
paper works can be given new life by mounting them in a large, striking
frame. By choosing particular finishes, for example, it is possible to
echo particular colours in paintings, or conversely to create a strong
visual contrast which makes the artwork stand out.