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How to Construct a Frame

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After searching on the internet and at frame shops, I found some easy black wooden frame inventory, two inches deep. I ordered 8×8 glasses in that to float my 6×6 paintings, which allows for a 1-inch boundary on all sides.
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Quick Tip

I wanted to make floating frames for my 6×6-inch aerial minis,” thinking they’d show off the pieces well, and also be reminiscent of the small windows onto a passenger plane.
• Glue or other substances to attach your piece to the backing (Elmer’s glue or alternative watersoluble adhesive, double-sided tape or Velcro)
• Framing stapler or drive points

Step 1

Find out how to construct a frame for your artwork.

How to Construct a Frame — Everything You Will Need

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• Metal ruler
• Hanging wire
With the framework turned upside down to the table, set the glass at the bottom of the frame. The glass should be cleaned until you put it in, and it is a good idea to put on gloves
I constructed a box within the frame using 3∕8-inch black foam core as backing and spacers to hold the artwork away from the glass in substantially the same manner that traditional spacers hold the glass away from the light’s surface. Obviously, in this case, the spacers are a lot bigger.
Be sure the width of the four bits matches exactly and is consistent, so there will not be any gaps in your shadow-box. Then shorten two of those strips, subtracting twice the width of the foam center, or 3/4 inch, from their length. The spacers will create a framework within the framework, and will hold the glass over your piece.
You may decide how deep you want your shadow-box to be and what size frame will probably work best for your requirements. Just make sure you add the width of all of the components: the glass, the stand-off, the backing board and the art. Doublecheck to be certain that the sum is less than the depth of the framework, while leaving space to your framing points in the back.

Building a Shadow-Box Frame

Cut a piece of foam core the size of the interior of the frame (8×8) to function as the backing board. Next, cut two pieces of foam center approximately 11/2-inch squarefeet.
• An X-Acto or mat knife with a sharp blade
• 3∕8-inch foam core–black or colour of your choice
Then, cut four pieces of foam core that the length of your financing board to create spacers. I left them 3/4×8 inches in my example. The width can vary depending on how deep you’d like your frame to be.

Measure 2

• A frame, roughly 2 inches deep
You often see floating frames utilized on oil panels, but with pastels, there’s the additional complication of having to place them . I chose to approach the framework as a modified shadow-box. Once it’s all the way down and comfortable against the supports, then turn it over to make sure it looks great, and that no light has fallen into the framework.

Draw a brief line where you think the center is. Then line up the opposite corners and then draw another line. The center is where the two diagonal lines intersect.
Insert a hanging wire. Your shadow-box frame is now complete.

Step 6

Measure 3

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Measure 4

Using the same process, attach your art to the stand-off block you created: Employ one side of a bit of Velcro tape to the top of the stand-off block, and also the other side towards the center of the back of your art.
, How to Construct a FrameYou can use a pressure fit without glue if they are snug. If you are worried that they might move, consider the pieces back out, use a little glue to their backs and carefully replace themgluing them into the faces of the framework.

Step 5

With the framework glass-side down facing you, as well as the spacers in place, pick up the artwork and backing board and turn them over so the art faces down.
To avoid leaving fingerprints onto it. If it’s Conservation Clear, then make certain the emulsion side is facing up.

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Before you push the two sides together, carefully measure the distance to the edges on all sides to be certain they are all equivalent. I like to use Velcro or glue since it allows me to adjust the position if required to guarantee the artwork is squared and centered. If you use glue, you will need to weight it, also check to make certain that it doesn’t move as it dries.
Fit the spacer pieces inside the frame, sandwiching the glass between the lip of the frame and the spacers. The two more pieces will go opposite each other, and also the two shorter pieces should fit closely in between.
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Stack the two little square bits you cut in Step 2, and paste them together. Once they’re dry, glue them on the center of the backing board.

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