Friday, 29 March 2013

The Hobbit part two....


Here's the Hobbit frame all finished and doing its magic trick...there are moon runes hidden it the map. By adding an LED light panel to the frame they can now be lit up with a flick of a switch. :-)

Video here....


Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Hobbit


This is a replica of a prop used in the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected journey. We've floated it in a simple black frame which presents it nicely, allowing the viewer to see all the ageing thats been worked into the map...However this map...and the frame...have a magic secret up their Hobbity sleeves...


You'll have to wait for the next post to see what that secret is.... :-)


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Friday, 22 March 2013

Oak frames part two


Here are a couple of the smaller oak frames we were building yesterday. One has had a dark stain, one is natural, both waxed and now surrounding some lovely prints. The upper one is by Gemma Pearce, the lower one by Anna Dillon.


Monday, 18 March 2013



We've been reframing this beautiful ink drawing this morning. It came into us in a rather tired white frame which gave the piece a cold, worn look. Rather than using a white mount as was originally used, we've used a light, off green mount which is a much better match for the paper the work has been done on. Then we've echoed the chunky black frame with a deep black bevel under the mount that really makes this piece sing once more :-)


Friday, 15 March 2013

Gold frame


A lovely bird painting here, we've set the canvas in a pale tray and then framed everything in a beautiful gold frame....wouldn't mind this hanging on my wall :-)


Thursday, 14 March 2013

Black and Red frame


Here's the frame that was bright red the other was then coated in black and gently rubbed back to let some of the red show through, then a wax and polish and this is the finished look :-)


Saturday, 9 March 2013

Colours continued...


Here's the green frame from yesterday all waxed and finished. It's surrounding a print of one of my paintings which the customer bought in a gallery and then came here to have framed :-)


Friday, 8 March 2013

Colourful undercoat...


Here are a few frames in various stages of the painting process, the white one is an inner tray for a canvas, it's just getting a couple of coats of primer. The green one is a gessoed frame that's just had its first coat of paint, several more to follow. And the bright red one (Atomic Red by Little Greene, for those of you wondering) is actually going to be finished in black, but I want to rub the final frame back to reveal some of this warmth underneath...:-)


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Stained Glass


Here's something a little different that came in for framing the other day. A stained glass panel that needed framing with an open back to allow the light to shine through. We've used an aluminium satin black frame which we lined before putting the glass in to cushion it from the frame. The photo doesn't do justice to the artwork, the colours are gorgeous :-)


Sunday, 3 March 2013

David Cameron


Today we've been framing up a fantastic set of caricatures of the Prime Minister, David Cameron. These were drawn for the Witney Music Festival in 2011. Each one has been signed by the Prime Minister and we've mounted a copy of a letter of authentication to the back of each frame. They now going on sale to raise money for a local charity, Sobell House. Hopefully they'll raise lots of money for a wonderful cause :-) contact SOTA for further details :-)