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08-19-2000, 10:26 AM
Im interested in VERY low tech, primitive ways to frame paintings. Alternatives to traditional methods. Any ideas?

08-19-2000, 11:53 PM
I used some paneling edging (can't remember the exact name of the stuff it was over near the molding) (plastic trim) that I got at Home Depot. It was very cheap. I sandwiched a pastel between a mat, foam core, and a piece of glass. Cut the edging into four pieces to fit the sides, then I took a roll of small gauge copper wire (also from Home Depot, a couple dollars) and wrapped it around in a more or less decorative fashion. It worked well enough to hang the painting with several other traditionally framed pieces in a display this Spring.

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08-21-2000, 02:33 AM
hey, msue..

could you by chance post some pictures of the work framed, and what the moulding looks like? I, for one, need a visual http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

great idea!


08-21-2000, 03:15 PM
This isn't very impressive here, but it worked in the display. It was midnight and I was desparate to finish my framing so I could hang the display. It could use more of the copper wire but that was all I had on hand. Large size wire would probably be better too. Also taking time to miter the corners would improve the appearance.

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08-21-2000, 03:55 PM
I have a friend that scavenges old weathered wood to frame all of his oils in. The effect is very nice.

msue, have you thought about doing some braiding of the copper wire? I love playing with that stuff. I see you used glass also. I have never had a gallery or show allow me to use glass because of insurance purposes. They all say to use plexi.


08-21-2000, 07:30 PM
sassybird, I've only entered small local shows and they all allow glass. They do limit size tho'. The display this was done for was not a gallery setting it was a church and I'm in charge hanging the artwork each month so I can use what I want.

08-23-2000, 12:40 AM
I have used rope & a hot glue gun for lighthouses & other seascapes. They look really good but i do recommend using two strands rather than one. I'ts really hard otherwise to come up with ideas without knowing the subject or style of the work. I think the possibilities are endless. What type of work are we talking about here Kelly?

08-23-2000, 05:50 AM
I use 'lattice' strips (any lumber place has them) for what I call temporary framing. Just cut the lengths to go around the sides of the canvas and tack into place...a touch of glue will help hold it firm until you want to remove it. I paint the strips to coordinate with the painting..have used two and three strips around the sides for a dimensional appearance. They can be staggered also for a bit more depth. These with wire hanger have been allowed in a lot of shows that were juried. The lattice comes in varied widths also and is really cheap!

One lady who bought a painting with this 'temporary' frame wanted to know if it would okay to leave it that way!

08-23-2000, 04:05 PM
Carly, lattice is a great idea. I never thought of that. You know it could be burned and over painted in washes too. Now you have me excited.....lol


08-24-2000, 07:37 PM
Hello there,

I have even seen feathers used around the
borders of a painting. (Can't tell you

08-30-2000, 04:42 PM
I use the lattice method but i use it as a permant frame. i think it looks great when the wood is painted nicely.

i frame all my work this way and it only costs about 50cents per piece to frame.

I don't use actual lattice wood tho - i go for the flat moulding at Home Depot because that it slightly better wood http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
http://www.collageartist.com - mixed media collage artworks

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08-30-2000, 10:33 PM
I do similiar for framing. I can't afford someone to do it for me and not smart enough to know the right way.
I've been buying from the lumber yard wooden corner trim that is used in houses for paneling trim. I used to trim moble homes for 5 yrs and am a whiz with a power miter saw. Anyway, I stain the trim and it fits pretty good over the front edges of the oil/acrylic canvas to form a frame on the front and sides. I nail or take this directly into the wood of the canvas. But you must take care that the nail doesn't go sideways and into your painting. Make sure its the right length to. Also the brads are easy to remove if you want to remove the frame for whatever reason.
I've also used waste right square wood and cut it straight on the ends and nailed these to the sides of the canvas frame, therefore the wood doesn't actually cover any of the front of the painting but the sides of the wood make a frame around the whole.
This may not be proper way, but its all I know and can afford. I do similiar for canvas board but I make a frame from wood and staple my canvas board painting to the back of the frame, again make sure staple does not go through the part of the painting you want seen. Archival properties bother me but my canvas board paintings are mostly for fun and practice anyway but still feel they are worth a frame. I haven't got to watercolor or pastel framing yet! I know you mat those.