THAT FRIDAY FEELING!

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Of framing styles or techniques that rocked your boat, and also of those that didn't
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That Moon Gold looks understated, bringing your eye into the piece. I really like it.
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Justintime wrote: Fri 07 Jul, 2023 10:53 pm That Moon Gold looks understated, bringing your eye into the piece. I really like it.
And there's a statement that says it all.

Often hard to get right but for all the work that needed to go into that frame, it hasn't been allowed to become more important than the artwork.
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Love the way this vintage French cycling poster turned out. Dead simple black blackcore mount and LJ confetti cream frame was the perfect colour match. Very pleasing to the eye.
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:clap:
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Finally got to use some fancy LJ mouldings on a few canvases. This one is the Prague moulding with fillet.
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This one turned out really well, quadruple mount including the German flag and carbon fibre frame.
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Happy Friday folks!
Here's one of those "just a plain black frame please" jobs. It doesn't have to be boring or cheap! I'm using rag mats more and more in my designs. It sets me apart from my competition and even with this simple double mount combo it elevates the piece.
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Flying the flag for good design and style.
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Come on people! :roll:
No one else got anything to show n tell???
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OK, I'll show mine.

I was asked to make a series of period frames to re-frame some of the Royal charters granted to one of the Cambridge Uni. colleges.
Some dated back to the 13th and 15th century.

The frames agreed upon were based on a traditional English reverse gothic style with applied gilding on the sight edges. These were an enlarged version of the profile I've used before on some original William Hogarth engravings.

The finish on these frames relied on the timber having a very close grain effect and the original frames on which these were based would have used Pear or other fruit wood.
I selected Cherry wood as this was available in long planks and had a very similar grain pattern to Pear wood.

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To keep things within a reasonable economy, the visible profile would be cut into the cherry wood and the main body of the frame then made up from the much cheaper Tulip wood.
The first task was then to rip up the planks and glue a thin slat of cherry on to a tulip wood base.

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The top profile was then milled into the cherry wood first and then the whole section shaped further on the rip saw.

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After a layer of gesso was sprayed onto the sight edges the frames were cut to size and joined with tapered keys hammered across the back mitres.
These frames were quite heavy in weight and relied on the strength of this method of securing all four corners.

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The frames were first gilded and then treated to several thin layers of ebonising shellac. After all the usual aging treatments, the finish was given two coats of clear bee's wax.
The fine grain effect on the Cherry provided a beautiful clean finish with a high polish further enhancing their value.

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These were the first four small sizes.
They hold a dark secret.
Justintime had a hand in making some of them!

The next set are a whole lot bigger.
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Luckily you did the final passes...
(Shame it's so quiet on here...)
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I think it may help if each job was a new post in "The good, the bad and the ugly" as per what the sub forum was intended for.

For me it's just an old thread bumped up to the top now and again. I know to go to the latest unread post but others may have to start at the beginning.

Anyway, nice work!
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Personally I like it as one long scroll through, or jump to page 6. I often scroll through to wake myself up, creatively speaking.
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It's that time again!!!
Anyone got anything to shock/inspire/praise the lord about this week?
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Here's my offering. Customer's own work for judging/marking by the Royal School of something or other, so sewn onto board by her (I'm not responsible for the wonkiness..)
Double rag mount, lovely LJ Sofia moulding, echoing the leaves in the piece, CC99 glass.
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Nothing super special but it looks good and I did finish it on a Friday!........plus this thread has gone a bit slow.......
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Aah! That takes me back..." to the paradise city, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.."! :rock:
Looks great!
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Nobody seems to want to talk about 'hand-finishing' anymore.
I'm sure there are lots quietly beavering away and not much interested in showing off their work.

So,here's one that I'm happy to show off.

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It's a Birds Eye maple veneered frame with a thin inserted gold slip.
Ask anyone who's ever tried to reproduce a Victorian maple finish and they'll know difficult, if not almost impossible it is to get right.

For some reason I seem to be the only person doing this.
It hasn't made me famous or rich, but I do get a steady stream of work from galleries and print collectors who value this sort of frame.

Getting back to hand-finishing, if anyone wants to discuss or ask about particular finishing techniques, they are always welcome to PM me or even post it on the forum for advice.
I deal mostly in wood finishes, ie stains, varnishes and waxes. There's Gesso&Bole and Prospero who have better experience with using paint effects for their frames.
And I'm sure they'll be happy to add their expert advice.

Some final thoughts; Most of what you read on the internet about wood finishing is bollocks!
Those who do know something - don't want to share it.
Those who think they know something, but don't, are still happy to splash it all over the internet.
Buy a book.
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"Buy a Book" or go on a busman's holiday to beautiful West Wales and learn from a Master!
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This actually looks more convincing than the real stuff - from a distance. :lol:

One mistake: The finish goes over the corners. I should have made the mitres more obvious.

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