Decorating with Convex Glass Frames

Provide a new take on the classic and elegant antique picture frame with convex glass. In the olden times, portraits were framed using convex glass. This minimizes the contact between the glass and the portraits so that when there is condensation, the paper will not adhere to the glass. Today, the use of convex glass as glazing and mirrors can provide a unique look to a room, as well as a touch of nostalgia and luxury.

Here are some ways you can use a picture frame with convex glass to decorate your home:

  • Display antique portraits with modern portraits. Use an antique picture frame fitted with convex glass to display portraits of current loved ones. Then, make a gallery display of heirloom pieces of antique picture frames that originally had convex glasses. If the convex glasses of the original frames are no longer intact, do not worry. The Victorian Frame Company also provides replacement convex lenses. This makes a wonderful display that takes the viewer down memory lane.
  • Display mementos. Treasured keepsakes such as your prized collectible matchbox cars, brooches and other jewelry pieces and the baby’s christening clothes can be highlighted by a uniquely-shaped frame fitted with convex glass. The convex shape of the lens allows one to view the item not just right at the front, but from the sides, giving the viewer a better and less obstructed view of the item. This makes the frame with convex lens an excellent alternative to a shadow box frame, which also provides some depth but can only be viewed from the top.
  • You can choose from a cathedral-shaped frame (with curved tops and a straight edge at the end), a fan-shaped frame, a heart-shaped frame or an oblong frame. The convex lenses can be made from acrylic, so that it can easily be made to follow the shape of the frame. The acrylic material is also durable and shatterproof. However, care must be made to ensure that you only use the gentlest of cleaning materials to avoid scratching the surface of the acrylic.
  • Preserve and showcase wedding flowers. Instead of throwing your bridal bouquet for the bouquet toss and leaving it for the lucky next bride-to-be, why not throw a smaller bouquet? Then, preserve the flower arrangement and put it in display in a place where you can enjoy it and where it can evoke memories of your wedding day. The floral arrangement can be chemically treated to make them last long and then sealed with a convex glass. The glass can be equipped with UV-protective properties to protect the flowers from the damage that can be caused from the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Use convex mirrors in round frames. Use convex mirrors framed by round frames in various sizes to provide a visually fascinating display in your living room and giving it the lux treatment. For a more modern take on this look, use frames painted black and edged with gold. For a more classic version, use white or silver picture frames. You can also place an oversized round frame with a convex mirror over the mantle or console table.

A Note About Choosing Convex Glass

The length and width of the convex glass should be measured by laying a tape measure across the glass, rather than going around the bend of the glass. This will take into account the depth that the glass provides. 

26th Sep 2015 Eric Morgan

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