Monday, December 21, 2009

baby's got back

Well, for some time now The back of my frames have been neglected. Really, who care whats behind the painting. For presentation/professionalism reasons I had to put a stop too this so over the summer I put down the hammer and nails and taught my self a better way.

No more finishing nails....I would suggest the Logan's Frame Fitting Tool which I use. It is around $40 bucks.... but if you spend $40 more you can have your self a professional grade fitting tool at a framing supply store. (not Arron bros) I had many problems with this tool it doesn't punch the inserts into the side of the frame all that well.

On the back of the panel I write down the info of the painting: artist, size, title, date etc... in some cases a " working title" when I don't have a title figured out. I even write the measurements on the frame and also sign it.

3m Super 77 is the brand I use. I like the sound of that it sounds like a writer from the 70's.
I spray a medium amount of adhesive.

After the adhesive has set I place a sheet off brown construction paper over the glue.
I then take a X-acto knife and cut off the excess.

I then I use finishing tape to clean up the sides. The L bracket that is screwed into the frame is for extra support for some of my older weaker frames.

Then i take a squeegee and get out all the wrinkles.


I measure and mark the spot were the eye hooks and wire will go. I make sure the wire will hang at 3" inches from the top of the frame.

Once completed I hand sign the title, date, size and use my stamp. I also have a business card pouch for the collector to give out as well.

For final touches I make certificate that I glue on the back.


Skeme Richards said...

Way to go Sake. Keep it professional!


MJA said...

why write all the info on the frames backing board just to cover it up with glued on paper?

Saratoga Sake said...

Thanks skeme.

Well MJA... I have three reasons One, it works out better for me to have the info on the back of the panel, rather on paper. I don't have to second guess were the info is when it comes time to email buyers or the gallery the info. I also write notes, ideas or corrections to the piece as well.

Second, the paper can be taken off with some heat or some scrapping. So there is a permanent record for the painting. I'm just covering my basses.

Third, if I have to make my own wood panels , which I often do because of odd framing sizes. I also write the measurements on the frame as soon as I buy it, so I don't have to waste time measuring again, you know... measure twice cut once. I hope this answers your question.