It's wonderful to have made your oil painting.
But framing your piece of art costs a lot of money.
So why not make you own frames!
You need 2 pieces of specialist kit, that I couldn't find a work-around for
- the mitre cutter
but when you make two or three large frames, you've recouped your money.
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First, buy your moulding woods, they come in 3 metre lengths.
The cheapest is £2 - 3 per metre, but it goes into £15 - £20 metres the more fashioned the frame wood
I prefer to buy the cheapest I can get, and sand, polish and paint it myself afterwards
- always measure in millimetres
- measure the sides of your canvas to the exact millimetre
- measure the depth of your moulding (not inclusive of the routed recess) and double it
- add 2 millimetres for a comfortable fit
|not too much wood glue|
match up the inside angles - and not the outside corners!
|wipe any excess|
|and leave for 24 hours|
|gently insert v-shaped staples|
I use two coats of Farrow and Ball eggshell paints, 1 part water : 1 part paint
|beeswax your frame|
|buff to a silky finish|
|secure your picture to frame|
One last tip before we see some frames.
People pay a lot of money for oil paintings, so don't forget the back. I buy upholsterers' Hessian for a finish to the reverse of my pieces of work
|staple and stretch the Hessian|
|to keep your painting reverse protected|
|a selection of small frames|