Monday, July 5, 2010

I Was Framed!

This weekend I spent the majority of my time making my own frames in order to get ready for my upcoming shows. Don't forget, my first one is in Lititz, Pennsylvania on July 31st.  I took some pictures so I can share some of the steps with you. I was surprised how much work goes into making frames and now have more respect for people that do it for a living.  I decided to make my own frames for two main reasons. First, it is more cost efficient and second, I can control the quality of the frames. Oh, plus I was able to break out the power tools so I guess there were really three reasons.

Step 1: Cut the wood to size needed. When cutting wood for frames you need to make sure you add some length depending on the width of the wood.
Step 2: Sanding the corners of the frames. This is actually the most important step because perfectly sanded frames fit together more efficiently.

Step 3: Marking the edges to pair sizes together.  This helped me guarantee that each frame had the tightest fit possible.

Step 4: Staple the corners.  Make two halves at a time and then a whole frame. Aren't we done yet?
Bam! One finished corner...only 40 more to go!

Step 5: After putting the painting into the finished frame, I used a point driver to secure the painting. I placed cardboard between the points and the painting to protect my work.

Step 6: After gluing the craft paper to the back of the frame, it is time to put in the eye hooks for the wire. 

Finished frame. Looks great!

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will answer. There are some details I left out, but would be happy to discuss if you are interested.


Nancy said...

Wow. Very impressive!

Jarrod said...

Thanks! It was a lot of work but it was worth it. Now I just have to convince the blisters/scratches on my hands that it was worth it. I have a feeling they'll get over it.