How do I make swept frames?


CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
May 27, 2005
Whistler, BC
One of my customers wants one of those old looking frames with french designs on the corner hiding the joined edges...He wants it to be handpainted and have an old and weathered look... Anyone who could have done this?
You might try contacting San Diego Frames (I'm not at work, so I don't have their number handy.) They make some beautiful baroque
ready-mades. And, if I remember correctly, they will customize the size for a price.

Just a thought, in case no one else has a better idea.

Good luck!
Compo corners? Are these the same as the rubberized corner protectors glued on the frame edges?
Thanks Paul! That was helpful. Can I chip off parts of the prefinished moulding( as opposed to handmade ones) to get the contours i want?
Thanks Jerome

Raymond - You can carve finished mouldings to make them serpentine, but you are left with the problem of a bare wood top and back hollow. We have moulds for composition rails which we put onto the bare wood, then gild the whole thing.

I'm afraid to say that I don't think there's an easy way to make a swept frame. You either carve the whole thing from scratch including the decoration, or use compo decoration and just carve the sweeps. Either way, it's pretty skilled work.