|Project by CartersWhittling||posted 05-15-2012 03:31 AM||2451 views||13 times favorited||14 comments|
This is a picture frame I made for a sketch I drew for my mom for mother’s day. Its made out of Gaboon Ebony so its as black as could be and has many half lap joints holding the parts together.
When I finished the sketch and my mother requested that I make a frame for it so she could hang it up, I began trying to design a frame that would suit the picture. I wanted a frame that would be well built and attractive, but not be so “flashy” as to draw attention to itself over the picture within it. I was quickly drawn to Asian inspired design because the subject of the drawing is from those regions. I eventually decided on the frame I built having a 5/8” frame in the centre, with a 1/2” frame around that. By having the two frames different in thickness, the pieces have a little more interest and less weight then if both were 5/8” thick like many frames I saw. I quickly knew that I wanted the frame to be black and so I decided to go all out and buy ebony for it. All I did to finish the piece was apply some wood polish which gave the piece a nice soft shine (that makes me at least want to touch it).
I also choose the matting to be black so that the matting wouldn’t compete for attention either, and I think the black gives the frame a little more weight and size (which I think it needs seeing as the frame uses a lot of negative space and thin lines). I also made little ebony swivels to hold the glass/picture in place.
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