Our customer brought in one of his old Meatloaf records (Bat out of Hell to be specific) and asked us to frame it for his TV/rec room. Of course we were excited! Objects like records are fun to do on their own, let alone one with such vibrant cover art imagery.
After talking with the customer, Dan, about his home and his personal style, we picked a few matboard colors and worked out the perfect design. Because Dan's house has a lot of neutral gray, black and white color schemes already, we knew we wanted to find a top mat and frame that would complement both the home and the artwork. Dan picked his two favorite bright colors out of the album art to serve as a pop of color in the middle and bottom mats; and AFT recommended a wide-toothed black fabric top mat to emulate the high texture of tire treads and asphalt.
Then the best part! Such an album was screaming for a rock-and-roll frame, so out came our decorative biker frames....Dan loved the skulls and bones design, and the "dirty silver" color works for both his record and his house. Museum glass to finish off the project, and with the design complete we could begin our work!
If only AFT could work at such high speeds as we do in our video! After carefully laying out the components and getting the math just right, backing board and all three mats are cut with precision. The mat shape is designed and programmed in by AFT staff, but the actual cutting is done by our Wizard mat cutter for a perfect cut! The record was secured to the backing board without any invasive holding methods. Spacers are added to the glass so that the inside of the glass and the artwork do not touch. Lastly, AFT builds the frame and puts everything together! Now Dan can rock on with his new custom framing.