Infinity and Beyond – An Often Misunderstood But My Favorite Wood Frame

As fall approaches, I am increasingly inspired by the beauty of natural wood. Light or dark, smooth or distressed, the touch of wood lends a warmth and elegance to any piece of art. Yes, my framing tastes tend to follow the season – maybe it’s because of where I live and tend to travel, who knows? But for the next few months, I’ll be talking wood frames.

In today’s post I want to share my thoughts on one of my favorite, yet one of our most misunderstood collections: Infinity  – a collection of six extra deep, linear profile wood frames in both natural and resin  finishes, suitable for framing your finest.  The natural choices are finished in a clear, water based coating which highlights all of the natural variations and details of the wood.  (51401 Natural Maple51407 Black Ash  and 51490 Natural Walnut ) These are made in the USA mouldings: 100% homegrown FSC Certified sustainably harvested woods. 

The other three mouldings are stained in natural wood tones with a resin coating which provides a more even, high gloss result for pieces that call for a more contemporary result, offered in three choices: 3120 Coffee3128 Walnut , and 3129 Natural.

Now that I’ve explained the collection let me share why I feel it’s so misunderstood.

Because of its deep rabbet, it seems only logical that one would need to be framing a deep canvas or a 3-D item in order to use it. The reason this: the free hardware  we provide is only appropriate for holding materials that measure 1 3/4” into the frame (* see note at bottom). However, if you love the look and want to lend it to works on paper, it is totally possible and completely appropriate – I do it all the time, with the help of my favorite picture framing tool, the point driver.  If you watch the video link I’ve attached, you will see that the point driver is simply a fancy stapler of sorts that drives ‘points’ into the sides of the picture frame moulding, securing its contents at any depth. Check it out.

point driver

infinity frames have deep rabbets

Try using these extra deep frames on your next framing project to add dimension, style and prominence to the work. These profiles are as suitable for framing simple single matted pieces and art floated with acrylic spacers, as they are for framing canvases or building shadowboxes for memorabilia. It’s easy with the right framing tools  and a slight bit of skill.

Here are some photos of pieces I’ve framed over the years. How have you used Infinity?

print framed with inifinity natural wood frame
Silkscreen on cotton rag, in Infinity Solid Maple

photograph framed in an infinity frame
Giclee print on fine art paper. I took an abstract photo inside Notre Dame in Paris years ago and framed this using archival ArtCare continuous core mat board and an Infinity profile in light cherry.

framed jerseys with infinity
Here shows a great use of Infinity in black. They make really great jersey frames!

* The material "sandwich" of acrylic, artwork, backing board and fill materials have to measure at least 1 1/2" thick before the included spring clips will start to work.

See our related articles for more ideas:

Wood Frames – The Beauty of Framing with Wood
Wood Frame Mouldings: Stains VS Resins
The Beauty of Natural Wood

AubreyK | 9/17/2014 7:30:00 AM | 4 comments
American Frame
Thanks Ian! It's a great frame to use for framing jerseys!
9/26/2014 9:39:36 AM

Ian Flaw
I dig the Jersy shadow box
9/25/2014 4:21:23 PM

American Frame

Great question! You can also use Glazier’s points, wire brads/nails. Check out this older blog post for examples:
9/24/2014 10:52:51 AM

Is there a third option if I don't own a point driver and if the spring clips are too short?
9/19/2014 3:41:41 PM

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Laura Jajko

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