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Iron A Maiden's Hankie?

Discussion in 'Picture Frame Design' started by shayla, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Used my first two pieces of Optium Museum Acrylic. Simple designs, but I like how they turned out. The first was a sheer pale green hankie, held by pressure with batting and muslin (to which Jim Miller would add, 'thrice-rinsed') behind and Optium on top. Over that, a double mat, with museum glass between mat and frame.

    framing worlds fair july 2017 edit.jpg
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  2. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Here's a close-up of the logo:

    framing worlds fair close up 2.jpg
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  3. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    And now for something completely different.

    Second piece was this vintage double album:

    framing iron maiden optium acrylic oct. 2017.jpg

    Wanted it easily removable, so I cut a reverse bevel mat a gnat's eyelasher than the album, allowing him to lift it out for a listen. The album is at the same level as the mat, both of which are pressed against a front piece of Optium museum acrylic. Neilsen metal frame, with foam core filling the back to depth, so no spring clips to remove.
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  4. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    The other night, I was thinking of how the hankie could have looked better. I like this design, and the hankie is so delicate that it could easily be drowned, but I thought of how Russ might have added a pale marbled panel to the top mat. Then, I thought of Brian Wolf's cool designs in PFM, and how this would look good with curved, Art Deco-shaped mat decorations added. Or a wee fan shape somewhere. Then, I thought of how hard it can be to design well when one is so tired from trying to do everything else.

    It's a challenge doing good designs when the universe is screaming at you to scratch its back, but we still try.
  5. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Frankly, I wouldn't worry about what Russ, Brian or Jim might have done.o_O
    Not a negative on them, but it's your shop and you have years of experience.
    I have 48 years and I'm like the Framing Crypt Keeper...

    You could have easily overshadowed the hankie because it's pretty simple in it's design.

    We always have to be careful that it's about the art or the object and not so much about the framing.
    The framing is only about creating the best way to display the piece and direct you into it and not the frame.
    You are the one who has to like the design and it needs to be about Shayla and not those other guys.
    If you and the customer are happy with it, that's all that matters.;)
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2017
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  6. Grey Owl

    Grey Owl SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I think you did great! And your design ideas are what makes your shop unique! I do a lot of decorative elements with my repeat customers, because that is what they expect. But they are NOT for every piece. Sometimes simple is best!

    In my opinion, for the second piece, the colors and image are so vibrant, that a pale panel would probably distract. And the narrower mat margin would not really work for almost any kind of decorative mat element. Great as it is. If the customer insisted on a mat decoration I might add a blood red colored line, but...I don't think it really adds, and would probably distract.

    On the first, I like your reverse bevels because I hate [strongly dislike] seeing the off-white core of the bevel. Good job! For me, I may have considered adding a variegated colored bevel, maybe a warm silver, to kind of match the edge of the hanky, plus a few small splotches of red and green? [I would have run some tests, probably]; Or I may have, if the budget would have allowed, maybe added a platinum or palladium leafed bevel, with a warm color underlevel, to bring out the shine in the edge thread, depending on the color match. In the picture the edge thread looks quite shiny. [Silver leaf would not work because it tarnishes over time].

    Again, your customers should 'love' what you have done. And make sure you ask them if they have some others that then need to bring in for you to 'showcase'.
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  7. GreyDrakkon

    GreyDrakkon MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Agreed with everyone above, it would be REALLY easy to overwhelm such a delicate color and pattern, I think it looks great as is!

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