|Project by KnickKnack||posted 12-12-2013 01:00 PM||1156 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
If ever there was a labour of love, this was it.
This photograph of my wife has been sitting around, unframed, for a while now – I knew I wanted a frame for it, but a suitable design just kept eluding me. Then, a couple of weeks ago, this popped into my head in the middle of the night – a quick sketch and I was back to bed, but not to sleep. A day or 2 of honing proportions and this was pretty much how it is in the final drawings.
Difficulties ensued, of course, as they always do.
I wanted an ash frame, and I wanted it bookmatched, and I wanted it with subtle, almost straight, lines. My ash is only 22mm thick, so I had to glue 2 pieces together to get back to around 19mm. Finding the right piece of the right plank took what seemed like forever – I’d pick a piece, draw the shape, sleep on it, and discard it the next day. I guess I’m thankful I only had 4 planks to choose from, otherwise I’d still be picking wood. With the jatobá, again, I needed the right piece with broadly, but not quite, straight grain, bookmatched. The first piece I went with looked fine on both sides but when I sliced it all kinds of weirdness was going on in the inside, so those strips are saved for another day.
The “medallions” were from a drawer side generously donated a few years ago by the local dump – mahogany or sapele, I can’t be sure.
I think the frame is pretty stylish, but, if truth be known, I’m not sure it’s right for this picture – I think it’s “too pretty” on its own and pulls your focus away somewhat from the picture’s subject, that is, from Sally. If I find a mirror the right size I’ll swap it and make another, better, frame.
Jatobá, ash, and mahogany or sapele.
The picture is 485mmx342mm.
Finished with Danish Oil.
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