Frame a Sports Ball for a Sales Home Run
Schneider, Fred, Art Business News
Get ready for the baseball fan who is destined to come into your store with a signed baseball in hand. Or a golfer with a prized golf ball, or a tennis enthusiast with a ball signed by the Williams sisters. A signed piece of sports memorabilia can be especially challenging for framers to showcase.
Aside from the typical plastic cubes, what else can be used to create a secure, removable mounting for these items within a shadowbox moulding?
Strolling through Home Depot, I found a product that works well for holding a baseball in place--the Mag Security Door Reinforcer, Item #2036-PBU. Simply insert the ball into the round openings, and the metal will spring back to hold the orb in place. The holder itself is available in an attractive bright brass finish, and the back may be screwed directly to the frame backing and covered with mat board if desired. This option allows you to show most of the sphere without sacrificing security of the ball.
Alternatively, you may choose to imbed the ball in a photo or poster so that a portion of the ball shows. This is best done with sports-themed artwork. Use a golf ball with a photo of a golf course or a tennis ball with a U.S. Open poster.
Encourage your customers to bring in additional items relating to the shadowbox such as a golf tee, score card, ticket to a sporting event, a baseball hat or an autographed photo with a sports celebrity. By designing this way, you can create a wonderfully fun, one-of-a-kind piece that will be the topic of conversation for you and your customer. …