Monday, March 22, 2010

Not just for artwork...



Lisa is a lapidarist....rock guru...she brought in some old slotted cases she found at an antique shop to store and organize her stones. Since her workshop gets very dusty she wanted lids on them (or doors if she chooses to hang them) to keep the dusting of the little compartments to a minimum. She wanted to keep the "old" feel so we picked a matching barnwood.


I took an outside measurement of the case and matched the outside measurement to the frame. Then siliconed glass in the rabbet and hinged the frame to the box using brass hinges which looked aged.


Each box is a different size and some have additional side pieces which makes the hinging a bit difficult but the finished product is exactly what she wanted and even exceeded her expectations....i LOVE when that happens!!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Mounting and Framing of canvas...








We recently received two reproductions of artwork by Gustav Klimpt....The Kiss and Water Serpents II. They came from a customer serving in Afghanistan. He purchased them online and had them mailed to us in art tubes.


The paintings are wonderfully pop-y in color with accents of bright golds and bronzes. They followed the originals well but had a flare of the copy cat artist's take of Klimpt's pieces.


Since they came rolled they needed to be mounted first before framing. Up until a few years ago the canvas being made was very natural and it was easily stretched then made super taught by a soft spray of water which made the linen tighten. Now the man-made canvas won't do that as water will just bead and roll off waxey "fabric". So what I've found to keep it nice and tight and cost effective is mounting on a hard board like masonite. It also protects the canvas from being poked through when moving the artwork or a sugar crazed child with a pencil!!


I can't wait for Cory to come home....he's suppose to hop a helicopter in three days...not only am I grateful for his sacrifice so I can keep living the American Dream, but I'm thankful for his safe tour of duty. Hurry home Cory we have sushi to eat and art to admire!!



Cory is home safe and he really likes his Klimpt's!!!