CRAFTS – DIY Making of the Male Prism Crown

CRAFTS – DIY Making of the Male Prism Crown

The framing is an essential part of the art purchase. For works on paper, whether they are photographic prints, watercolors, digital prints, prints, and others, framing under glass protects your investment and increases its life span.

It can also be a very expensive hobby. At my 2002 exhibition, framing consumed half of the total cost of the exhibition, which meant that the first third of my sales went to the framer after I received a volume discount from the framer. My DIY skills were not up to the task of professional and personalized framing.

Framing is a craft that requires accurate measuring and cutting skills for a variety of materials and special equipment and tools to get the job done. I am an average do-it-yourselfer with enough knowledge to know my limitations. I assumed that wasting time by making mistakes and buying essential tools and materials would cost at least as much as the framer charges.

Now I am a little older, wiser, and much smarter. Instead of making frames that fit into the artwork, I now make my artwork so that it fits into the frame. Producing my work on the computer is a very simple process, a few mouse clicks and voila the expression corresponds to the available frame. Even for a more traditional artist, it is not so much a change of heart to work in a size that fits into an available frame.

The good news is that there are as many frame sizes as there are artworks in them. Have a look at your local second-hand or even better junk shop, you will find a wide range of favorite frames in all shapes and sizes. Yes, you will most likely have to remove the current resident, but that’s not a big deal. A handmade cutter and pliers and you’re on your way. Of course, you will have to clean it up, but once you do, you will have a very acceptable home for your work for just a few dollars.

A friend of mine went this way for her last exhibition. In the six months before her show, she went to second-hand shops and collected frames that she liked and that matched her work. Some of them gave her a new life with a coat of paint. Her exhibition was not only an artistic success but also a financial one since the cost of framing her work was only a few hundred dollars.

An alternative to second-hand shops in the department store with its stock of framed paintings in mass production or the DIY stores with their framing sets. These are available in a variety of styles that are almost as wide as those available from your local framer. They are available in plastic, wood, and metal and most of them include a mat and even a double mat. Obviously the size of the mat opening should be slightly smaller than your artwork.

They are not as cost-effective as thrift stores, but require less work in preparing your artwork and are considerably less than a custom made frame. The quality of the materials is equivalent to that of custom made frames, and as long as the acid-free tape is used to secure your work to the carpet, durability should not be a problem.

When you buy art online, buying unframed works is the norm, mainly because of the prohibitive cost of shipping the framed works. The cost of shipping a framed work of art framed under glass is higher than for an individual framing and can be higher than the total cost of the artwork and framing, depending on the purchase.

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