framing a carnival mask

Mike LeCompte CPF

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Jul 20, 2005
Knoxville TN
Want to frame a Carnival mask from Mardi Gras. It's about 6" deep. Doing another one, not as deep, in the same frame.

COnsidering using Framerica's Boxers because I can stack them but didn't know if there was another choice.

Any suggestions deeply appreciated
Besides stackers you can use deep shadowbox moulding stacked flat side to flat side or turn a wide moulding on it's side to become a deep moulding and use a different frame for a face.
Or you can use an acrylic front on a regular moulding ... here is an example:

Syracuse sales has some traditional shadowbox mouldings that come with the ability to stack - can use multiples like framerica to get the 6" total depth. The only issue I have with Syr sales, is that the colors of the stackers are off from the frame. I've also used framemerica stackers, and I guess you need to look at the "look" you want to achieve. Highend vs lowend, etc. wood versus woodlook

my 2 cents
If memory serves me right (yeah, right....), PFM had a mask framed in a shadowbox a few months ago that I actually liked ....sometime in the summer, I believe ... of course, good luck researching through the web....
Most everything I do is shadow boxed, mostly African wood carvings and masks. Although I'll be changing my concentration to sports memorabilia, more specifically, mini football helmets, baseballs, hockey pucks and mini basketballs, all with an accompanying picture of an athlete in the respective sport.

Anyway, I take select pine or poplar, route it, miter it, paint it and join it to create my boxes. With the masks that exceed four inches in depth I generally leave the face open and use grasscloth mat board, but I like Andrews work with the acrylic.

Oftentimes, people don't like to have a wood box of significant depth hanging on their walls. It's not very attractive. But I haven't had any complaints with the helmet boxes I've done so far. I've been using the poplar which has a nice wood grain and I make sure the paint is applied evenly without streaks or runs.

Since I'm still home-based and ninety percent of what I do is shadow boxes this method works for me. But I doubt most gallery or frame shop owners have the time to fool with the process I use.

By the way, I use screw eyes to secure the box to whatever frame I use. And if I'm not using a mat on the front, I route the front of the box to fit flush in the rabbet of the frame.

Andrew: now THAT is waaaay cool!!! But don't have time to have the acrylic made, like she wants them done by Tues or so.

So I suppose it's the mundane Framerica stuff. It's gonna take three "sections" plus a cap, will look hideous, but hey, ya want it quick, we do it quick.