Record Store Day is today, and independent music shops all across America are packed with fans vying to purchase vinyl albums specially pressed for the day.
It’s one part of the 12-year-long trend of rising vinyl album record sales. Vinyl albums are prized for their superior sound qualities, their nostalgic associations, and their beautiful, collectible cover art. And it’s that collectible quality that can be a boon to custom frame shop owners. Vinyl enthusiasts want a way to display their collections, and they are increasingly turning to the framing industry to do it.
Custom framing can be simple and elegant like the work of Sheldon Pierce at Frame of Mind in Alberta, Canada.
“With this framing, the customer wanted their three albums to look identical,” Sheldon said. “We wanted to ensure the glass wasn’t in contact with the albums for preservation reasons, but my customer wanted to minimize the shadowbox look. To solve this, the frame moldings were lined so that the glass was just above contact with the albums and no more.”
Framers and their more adventurous customers can push their vinyl pieces to capture more than just a physical album. Check out these amazing examples from Further Frames in Denver, CO. They specialize in framing concert memorabilia and have perfected the art of capturing “an experience in a frame.”
“We use a variety of mounting methods depending on the album,” Corey Hartman of Further Frames explained. “Most of the jackets are hinged archivally with mulberry hinges. The albums themselves are usually tacked in place with a little bit of silicone on the vinyl where it can be peeled off if necessary, never on the paper label. All of our pieces use Tru Vue® Conservation Clear® at the minimum; most use Museum Glass®.”
As you can see, vinyl framing projects can become elaborate. And so is this showstopper from Art Creations Picture Framing in Queensland, Australia.
As framer Lewis Bolton explains, “This concept started when relatives of the early ‘80s band Split Enz wanted to put their memorabilia together in a large display. We worked with the customer to pick the pieces and suggested collecting the band members’ signatures on the album cover. Now it’s a piece that they can be proud of.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek at the work of these skilled custom framers. Maybe next time you’re chatting with a customer, ask them if they have any vinyl albums that they might enjoy having framed.
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