Saturday, 28 July 2012

Corner detail

Just finishing this frame, top photo shows the colour washes being applied, bottom shows the corners leaves being oil gilded, just the final toning and distressing to do now.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Moon cove

Cove frame with 22ct moon gold and paint finish.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Aluminium and painted

Painting a frame

Top photo is the acrylic primer coat, and the second is Farrow & Ball Stony Ground 211, this is the base colour which will have various washes on top. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

6 frames

These six frames have been gilded in aluminium leaf, with an acrylic gold size. The flat panel and sides are painted and then will have a slightly distressed paint finish.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Old labels

Shiny gold box

A water gilded box frame which has been burnished to give a look of solid gold, this highly reflective finish is unique to the water gilding process. The background picture in the centre, has a lovely little antique gilded frame which over the years has been rubbed right through to the red bole, yellow bole, and even to the gesso. It has a great label on the back which I will take a photo of tomorrow. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Bronze powdered

An easy to do finish of rubbed through bronze powder over red, the centre panel is thin paint over bronze powder which shows through the paint, although this is not visible in the photo. The whole frame was then sealed with an acrylic varnish.

Deep box corners

This is how I joined the corners on the large box frame, lots of Titebond wood glue, a 40mm aluminium dovetail key and then it was cross drilled and screwed. The problem with this joint is each screw is potentially weakening the timber as there is so little surface area to begin with, anyway I was happy that the joint was as strong as I could make it. It was also possible to put some screws through the batten surrounding the piece being framed, into the inside edge of the frame.