Distinguished products are the result of our process of caring, customizing, and allowing the wood to be itself. We handle the technical processes and you, as the co-creator of your specialized shadowbox, are encouraged to be involved in the selection of all the details.
Below is the process by which your custom shadowbox frame is created.
Beginning to end...our process is the difference.
Step 1: The Idea
Share your idea with us or let us create one with you...
To start the process, you share your ideas with us. If you need help, we are happy to help you flush out your design concept. We provide you with a initial sketch of your creation so you can begin to visualize how the final product will appear. With Frame Escape, you are no longer limited to the boundaries of an ordinary four sided shadowbox frame.
Step 2: Design Process
The idea sketch then gets transformed...
Next, we put some details into your rough sketch as we consider wood species, color and finish of the final product, type of glass, how the contents will be arranged, special features, such as inlaid wood, edge shaping, metal embellishments, and custom artwork, and any other design element that is important to you.
With a Frame Escape design, everything is custom cut from a wide variety of species of rough board stock, which means we can shape the wood to your exact needs. The drawing we provide you at the conclusion of this step will reflect the full creativity possible when you are no longer limited to a square frame made from pre-manufactured mouldings hanging on the wall of an ordinary frame shop.
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Step 3: Construction
With the pieces cut, your project begins to take shape...
After your approval of the final design drawing, we find the perfect piece of wood that bears characteristics that will best enhance your frame. The wood is cut and the basic structure begins to take shape. Whenever possible, dovetail or box joints are utilized to provide aesthetic beauty and to greatly enhance the durability and strength of the frame.
Inlaid wood detail, custom woodburning, laser etching photos or other embellishments, glass etching, metal engraving, and a wide variety of other final details are possible with Frame Escape. Whether you prefer to have a plain finish or something more exotic, we have the means to create whatever you have in mind.
A full range of sandpaper grits are utilized to produce a finished surface that is smooth to the touch and reveals all the character of the wood. Once the frame is fully sanded, we can apply a variety of finishes---leaving the wood in its natural color, applying oil-based stains, or even using a tinted finish to give the wood some color. Finishes vary with the species of wood and are used to enhance the wood's grain and natural beauty. During this part of the process, your frame begins to take on its final appearance, and is now ready for the contents to be added.
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Step 4: Assembly
The finishing touches complete your project exactly to your specifications...
Custom touches are then added to fit your desired layout.
Step 5: Delivery
Your product arrives ready to display.