|Forum topic by ferstler||posted 549 days ago||2358 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
549 days ago
My wife collects art, and to make her items look better I have made quite a few picture frames to hold them. Some are stained and clear coated and some are simply painted. However, one thing I have not been able to do is replicate the “antique” look I find with some of those certainly recently built, gold-finished frames one sees in various galleries.
I think that some of them actually have a plastic coating over them (initially done in China, with the boards then cut to size by the framing shop), with the required antique look, but some are obviously hand painted after the frame is assembled and have the appearance of being a whole lot older than they actually are.
I think that some may have an undercoating in a darker color, with gold paint sprayed over and then something like a fine brush or even a fine broom dragged down the length of the gold surface before the paint dries, giving the impression of aging lines. Others seem to be coated with a gold paint that actually cracks a bit as it dries.
Also, some seem to have a dull grey substance pushed into the various grooves and crevices that simulates old dust. This may be a special material that is mostly wiped off after spreading it onto the previously dried gold finish.
I would love to be able to do something like that, and if anybody here has some pointers I would be very appreciative.