A regal frame for a cherished item – she frames …
Framing this dagger presented a fun challenge; how to keep the framing interesting while keeping the glass off the sword. Regular fabric matboard was out because it has a tendency to look flat and uninspired under glass. I thought the elegant dagger deserved a more regal presentation with luxurious padding and silver lace trim.
I ordered a 1 1/2-inch-deep primed raw liner from Design Guild and cut it to size allowing 2 inches around the dagger on all sides. Using Super 77 spray I glued strips of fabric to the liner legs. I found the fabric at a local fabric store. It was an unusual gray-purple color made from a polyester blend and was just heavy enough that the glue didn’t bleed through the fabric.
The next step proved to be the most tedious. The silver lace trim needed to line the underside of the rabbet so that the scalloped edge would peak out onto the backing board.
The edge was very narrow. I cut a piece of ATG tape the length of the liner leg and sliced it in half lengthwise so that the piece was 1/4, inch wide. The tricky part was applying the perpetually curly ATG to the lace, but I’m convinced the end result was worth the trouble.
The back mounting board was wrapped with the same fabric, although I added cotton batting underneath. Two layers of cotton adds a feeling of richness not found in flat fabric mat-boards.
I wrapped the fabric around the board and secured it with Artist’s Tape on the back. Then I nailed it into the joined liner, and it was ready for the dagger. I used No. 2 gauge wire to secure the top end of the handle and another over the sheath to secure the dagger to the backing board.
Next, I placed the glass on top of the liner and taped it to the liner using Scotch tape. This is an important step I learned after trying to fit it in the frame the first time–unwelcome sawdust from the frame managed to sneak under the glass.
The deep frame (Roma No. 69554) repeats the pattern of the lace and the cool blue silver color matches the colors of the dagger and the fabric.
The finished frames ended up measuring l0 by 20 inches and are well worth the retail price of $465.
Meg Peters is the owner of Finer Frames in Meridian, Idaho. She apprenticed for three years with a framer in Portugal and has been framing for 12 years. To contact her, call (208) 888-9898.
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