Initial discussion of the frame
This job came in a couple of weeks ago and I was presented with a box containing : 5 medals, medal ribbons, epaulette insignias a couple of small photos and an order of sevice for an 8th Army service of thanksgiving, all from World War II. After some discussion with the client, it was decided to copy the photos and the order of service so these could be resized as desired to suit the frame. Then, I would produce an initial layout for the frame and produce labels for the medals and a name label, and they would come back the following week and we could adjust / finalise the layout of the various items.
Refining the layout
When the customer came back in to view it was felt that more empahsis should be given to the motor bike pic so that was enlarged and the order of service size was reduced to give a more balanced appearance to the display. Also the labels were both increased in size and the medals were placed in order. During my research for the medals label, I had discovered that the ribbon on the 1939- 1945 Star was reversed and this needed to be corrected before framing. The 3 images were mounted on card and then float mounted in the frame to give a drop shadow effect which works well. To emphasie the group of medals I decided to use a slightly darker background colour and mount them in an aperture cut in the main mount board.
The Final Result
Finally the whole assembled display was mounted into a back box with a floating dark grey top mount (matching the medals group background colour) and framed in a dark flat mahoghany colour moulding producing an eyecatching stylish display which was very well received by the client