ornate book frames

January 25th, 2016 in member junk     
linda_choate linda choate, contributor
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This is the final project :)
First and foremost, check that your vintage material isnt worth a bazillion dollars!!!
 Used a scroll saw to cut the opening of the frame out.
Stiched two binds together on one side. This created a pocket. Then layered it between the hardboards.
 Used silicone to adhere the glass and hardboard together. 
Weighted it with other books and heavy alluminum. 
OH no! Broken glass! So I had to dig the glass out, recut a new piece. 
Duct tape fixes everything! Layered the duct tape around the edges of glass and on the backside  of frame. 
Put contact paper over the whole backside. you could probably find a pretty duck tape to do this too.
(Just as long as there is a smooth service to attach your photos too. )
I used a clear gesso, thinking it would prevent the paint from absorbing.
Next time, ill try just painting directly onto it. The gesso took away the vivacity of the books origanal colors. 
Finished photo of the front view. Here you can see the layers a bit more. 
This is the final project :)

This is the final project :)

Who loves ornate gold frames and books? I was trying to combine the two, and learned a few things along the way. Don't put the glass in before your layers are glued. (oh no! Broken glass) Duct tape works well to hold  the glass. It's both flexible and durable.

Does anyone have a good contact cement they use? I used silicone, which adhered but was a complete mess along the way. 

Pattern or design used: My own design - linda choate
posted in: member junk, vintage, artwork, eclectic, funky, glass, picture holder, frame, book

Comments (4)

linda_choate writes: Hello All! Thank you for the lovely compliments!

Hey Totsey! I just edited in the directions. I hope this helps :) Posted: 11:07 am on February 17th
texasjunkermom writes: Very cool finished frame, love it! Now, it would be helpful to me if you could describe WHAT you did in each step; that is, in each step of the process, under the picture, how did you do it? I am not that good at figuring out what you did, but really do like the frame at the end. I mean, heck, I can't even figure out HOW to post pictures! Totsy Posted: 11:21 am on February 16th
Junkpony writes: What a cool idea! I have a ton of old books, I've used the covers for art projects, but never thought of using them as a frame. Great job! Posted: 10:49 am on February 16th
suewhitney writes: Hi Everyone!

Let's give a great big JMS welcome to our newest contributor Linda Choate. Linda is indeed a budding young talent. She, quite frankly had me at the wings made from fan blades. Just saying! This project is yet another beauty in a fabulous line up to come. Welcome, Linda! We are so pleased you are here. Woot.woot!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 7:48 am on February 16th
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