Frame to Float Fused Glass Art

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 05-07-2011 01:48 AM 7074 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s about 8 1/2×12 inches. Charming, cheerful, colorful and whimsical. The artist wanted it framed but gave me no real direction. When I sketched my idea and proposed it, she was impressed enough that now, rather than sell it, she sees it hanging in a certain window in her home.

The essence of my idea was for the glass to float in a dark frame (for visual strength and to contain the eye) supported by four keepers of maple.

The frame was mitered and glued and then cut for walnut splines.

Mounting the keepers was accomplished with 1/4” mortises:

The gap between glass and walnut is about 3/4. Where the thickness of the glass varied, I shimmed the keepers with clear adhesive door bumpers sliced with a razor blade to dimension and stuck to the glass.

Here it is complete, inside view and then shot so the sky was behind it:

The finish is satin lacquer. Overall dimensions, 12×15 x 1 5/8 inches.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 05-07-2011 01:54 AM


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 02:03 AM

now that’s a nice innovation
and yes it brings the subject
and the frame together well

very pleasing

you should both be proud

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 02:03 AM

Very nice, I like the dark frame and the way it helps set off the glass!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 04:26 AM


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 04:33 AM

What a great idea. It really makes the art work stand out.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 05-07-2011 05:12 AM

That is great, Lee. Your work enhances the art without drawing attention away from it.
Very nicely executed.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 05:48 AM

It’s a really great look. It a frame that focuses the attention on the glass work but is a small work of art in it’s own right.

I logged on 2 minutes ago to find an idea or design that i could use specifically for framing 2 stain glass pieces that i salvaged from an old door. Thanks for sharing.

-- Anthony

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#8 posted 05-07-2011 01:13 PM

Lee – I’m a big fan of your work. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 05-08-2011 11:27 PM

A very nice frame indeed.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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