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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.
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
Find out how to construct a frame for your artwork.
How to Construct a Frame — Everything You Will Need
• 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.
• 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.