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Tabletop frame from scratch

Discussion in 'Picture Frame Design' started by sandlot, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. sandlot

    sandlot Grumbler

    Had a rush order for a VIP customer some time ago. I was given a small ambrotype of Abe Lincoln from his 1860 era Presidential campaign and a later CDV of him as well. A 2 sided frame was needed (so one could see the other tintype of his running mate on reverse of coin shaped memorabilia piece). The back of the CDV was blank. It was such a rush that I did not even take the time to shoot images of it myself and had the recipient (her son) send me some photos way later. Then I could see all of my regrets. Panic set in when I had 2 days left and changed the design from over and under to side by side. I had a bunch of those 1920s table-top frames and decided I had to use of of those to make deadline. blah blah.....
    After rough-out and attaining working frame, went with a wood tone and made it so the glassed-in piece can be removed at anytime through top. Regrets would include the rushed artwork and that the design in the uprights is not being really mid 19th century American. Its really hard to do watercolor in a hurry too. I created the faux campaign data to have something to show on the back behind the CDV. I used red white and blue thread to hold the roundel in place as it had an inherent hole center top. I drove the piece 100 miles late at nite with the window open in truck to help remove some of the VOC fumes still present. Since it was a Birthday present and customer was flying out early AM next day....to help out the deal - I found time at last minute to make a custom box using a gold foil matt. The gold was on the inside. I used red white and blue tissue paper for inside fluff. I was going to hang a small 19th century loop (swiped from a pocket compass) but could not find it in the rush. It would have hung on a side post and with a period lightweight chain. Plus I had no time to make it to the jewelers to solder that thing up. As much as I appreciate being sent these photos, they are not very good. Which might lead one to ask...Why am I showing this. Would have loved a mulligan on this one. I am prepared to be trashed on this one. My first post about my own work. It looked better in person (i think). I shot the shop pictures, but not the finished product pics.

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  2. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God


    I love the antiqued look.
  3. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    While you say you would like a mulligan on this I say it looks like the whole thing worked out great. Many solutions are a lot easier to come up with when you have a little time to work out the kinks but I give you a big thumbs up on what you came up with in the limited time.
  4. sandlot

    sandlot Grumbler

    thanks guys...design-wise and mechanically it was okay but the artwork and any embellishment could have been better if I'd a stayed ahead of the game. Not changed horse in midstream
  5. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Beautiful work!
  6. MadFramer

    MadFramer True Grumbler

    Wow, very nice!

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