|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 03-06-2010 01:27 AM||2346 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
An old friend of mine commissioned me a sentimental gift to be offered to his beloved teenager granddaughter, in a special occasion. It should be a kind of double picture frame that would have to house two old fashioned elliptical face portraits (black & white) and two samples of hair curls, in whatever shape I could better devise it, even as a small jewelry box.
The photos had been taken from him and his granddaughter at the same age (about 5) and those infant hair curls had been cut off from them at that age. Those curls should be related to the respective owners (this is the main aesthetic problem).
Considering that my friend belongs to a quite traditional family, I devised that picture frame as a flat front board decorated with two chisel-engraved flower garlands in escutcheon shapes, one beside the other, each garland encircling an oval hole (for the portrait) and a small circular hole (for the hair curl). A back board was linked to the front one by using two small hinges at the top side and a small latch at its bottom. The whole assembly opens as a book to receive the photos and the curls and it has a folding back support.
I built it using solid rosewood scraps, what required me much work to glue side by side five narrow strips of rosewood, reinforced with internal iron pegs, in order to make each large board. Only hand tools were used. The finishing was done with wax.
Later I was told that my friend’s granddaughter almost cried by the time of the offering so thrilled she got, what assured me that I have fully accomplished his desire.
Dimensions: 15” long x 10” wide