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post #1 of 4 Old 10-31-2012, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Large picture frame

So at the beginning of the school year, I had a cool artistic idea, but it would require a large custom picture frame to pull it off.
I made a picture frame out of some mahogany with 4"x4" carved plinth blocks to match the theme of the picture as well as a steel engraved plate at the bottom with the name of the character that (will be) in the final picture!

The concept for the picture itself is I'm going to take a commissioned vector of Celestia the sun goddess and polygonize it into triangles, cut all the triangles out of glass, paint the backs of the pieces with acrylic paint, and sandwich it between another sheet of glass at the front of the piece. The back is 1/2" thick to keep the pieces from jostling around. Coupled with the glass, it is quite heavy! The entire frame is 40"x46"
Plus, I almost never make anything for myself to keep, so it felt good to finally make something for me!
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The finish is Watco Danish Oil.
I'll post the entire finished piece after it's completed, but first I have to refinish this chair I'm doing as a commission-
Here's a photo so you can better see the plinth blocks in the corners


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The frame looks great and I am really looking forward to the completed piece (with glass).

It sounds like you are going to a lot of work to complete this piece. Have you considered treating it like stained glass, with soldered copper edges? Unless you polygons are too small, this would make the plane of the glass picture rigid (although you will probably want to use zinc cames for a picture this size). With some practice, you can get the exposed copper really thin / almost invisible. Hmm, then maybe an EL backlight...
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The frame looks great and I am really looking forward to the completed piece (with glass).

It sounds like you are going to a lot of work to complete this piece. Have you considered treating it like stained glass, with soldered copper edges? Unless you polygons are too small, this would make the plane of the glass picture rigid (although you will probably want to use zinc cames for a picture this size). With some practice, you can get the exposed copper really thin / almost invisible. Hmm, then maybe an EL backlight...
I thought about incorporating some stained glass at one point, but decided against it because I want everything as tight as possible so the backdrop doesn't show through. Stained glass is awesome, but I don't think it would be appropriate for this project.

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Looking forward to it finished. Sounds interesting.
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