Published Aug 28. 2003 - 19 years ago
Updated or edited Oct 8. 2020

Framing flies

Had some fun framing flies today

I have for a long time wanted to do a GFF article on framing flies. By many referred to as shadow boxes.

I have framed quite a few flies in my time, and often use the finished frames as gifts. The expenses are small, the work is easy to overcome and the result is often a unique and much appreciated present.

I have always bought my frames finished either in a store which caters to artists and painters or in the local supermarket. The grocery where I shop every day had some really neat and inexpensive frames just last week with mattes precut for two or three pictures. Usually I cut the mattes myself, which is actually the most demanding single step in creating a nice shadow box.

Converting a frame with a ready cut matte to display flies requires little skill, few materials and an hour or two of work.

I remember having taken some pictures for a potential article a while back. I will dig them out and get that article rolling... as soon as I get the time...


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