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Discussion in 'Picture Frame Design' started by neilframer, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    This is a design conceived by the youngest and newest member of our shop.
    He is young and has less than 2 years of framing experience, but he has an artistic background.

    He designed this "Captain America" frame as a Christmas present for a family member.
    He spent many hours at the Wizard and prepping and cutting and painting, all done after hours when we were closed.

    The main frame was gold and was painted blue.
    The outside frame was cut on it's side and then pinstriped with red and joined to the blue frame with the stars.
    The red and white stripes were made from linen matboard bevelled and joined together.
    All of the blue pieces of matboard that look like scales (part of Captain America's uniform) were cut on the Wizard and glued and applied by hand.;)

    We gave him some technical help along the way, but this was his project and he ran with it.
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    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017
  2. DarthFramer

    DarthFramer CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Great job!
  3. Bob Doyle

    Bob Doyle SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Very cool! Looks like we'll be seeing his name in the industry mags in the near future! PPFA competition winner down the road...
  4. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Wow - that is quite the engineering project! Kid is gonna go places in this industry (until he has his heart broken by the "just four sticks" crowd).

    Two thumbs up!!!
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    GUMBY GCF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    VERY NICE !~

    Honest hours , material (not including drying time for paint) = Price tag?
  6. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    This is a job that really can't be priced.
    It's not a very large frame, about 20" x 36" (I'm just guessing, I don't have the exact info at hand)

    It was done by our newest framer as a Christmas gift for a family member.
    He did it on his own time and paid for the materials at a wholesale price.
    The hours involved are off the chart.:eek:

    Designing and cutting all of those scales on the Wizard and then lining them up and gluing them one by one took a lot of time.
    The designing and cutting of the gold mat with the stars and special corner cuts took time.
    Also the pinstriping and the assembly took a lot of time.
    As I said, he did all of the work himself with just suggestions and technical info from the other two of us in the shop.
    We have about 72 years of combined experience (I have 47 years):eek:

    The two frames involved, the one with the stars that was painted blue and the white Studio outside frame that was cut sideways and pinstriped with red, was probably the easy part.

    Just off the top of my head, if someone actually ordered this, it would probably be at least $1000.

    We do a lot of very custom work and it is awesome that there are folks who are willing to pay the cost of producing what we can design based on what they want.
    We also get the customers who just want "What is your least expensive (cheapest) frame?
    I always want to tell them "Four thumbtacks":rolleyes:
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017
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  7. GreyDrakkon

    GreyDrakkon MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Looks absolutely incredible! I have to wonder though, why cut out each scale individually when he could have done rows of "scallops", since the tops get covered by the next row anyway, like this:

    I mean, absolutely the way he did it is how armor would have been done, but that's because it needs the material to be riveted into place. ;)
  8. FramerInTraining

    FramerInTraining MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Incredible work. I love seeing these types of projects.
  9. MarkPDX

    MarkPDX Grumbler

    Give that kid a raise. He's going places!
  10. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    He got one as of January 1st.:p

    He's still very much learning the trade about working with customers, cutting and building the frames and knowing the mouldings and mats and the equipment.
    Of course, when you're the "young apprentice" you get to putty the corners....;)
    Hey, we all had to start somewhere.
    I was once the "young apprentice" but that was 47 years ago.:eek:
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  11. Jared Davis CPF GCF

    Jared Davis CPF GCF MGF, Master Grumble Framer

  12. Twin2

    Twin2 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Wow! Looks like you have a great apprentice!

    MATTHEW HALE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    nicely done!
  14. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

  15. Erfellie

    Erfellie Grumbler in Training

    Love it!

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