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Quality Matters At 888 Manufacturing

Firefighter Art (burned edges)

CrumbGuzzler

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A local firefighter brought me 2 of the same print that was drawn of his crew. He wanted one framed, and said I could try whatever I wanted with the second. Here is what I came up with...
Fortunately, the artist and the firefighter were not only cool with me burning the piece, they absolutely loved the idea. The artist has asked me to do a few more for him.
I burned the edges of the print, and then built up the backing behind the art to preserve the ripples and curls in the paper caused by the heat. It turned a flat drawing into a 3 dimensional piece. The top mat sits about 1/4 inch further out than the highest point on the art.
I tried a burned top mat as well (see pictures), but in the end, we all liked the suede mat better. What do you guys think? Would you do anything different in future builds? It sounds like I'm going to get a few more tries.
 

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tedh

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Love the original burned art, but singeing the mat is tougher. Looks forced, where the original looks more appropriate. The red suede is brilliant.

Perhaps dry-mounting a photo of flames to matboard, then cutting the window, would work.
 

CrumbGuzzler

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Love the original burned art, but singeing the mat is tougher. Looks forced, where the original looks more appropriate. The red suede is brilliant.

Perhaps dry-mounting a photo of flames to matboard, then cutting the window, would work.
I agree... The burned mat was worth a try (I was able to make it with scrap). It doesn't quite work. As you can see, he took delivery with the black.
 

CrumbGuzzler

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Whilst burning the edges holds some significance, I would suggest soaking the whole thing in water would be much more in accordance with what they do.

Your welcome.

:)
You're so profound!!! I would argue that the meat of the piece has been "saved". I'll run the idea of hosing down the artwork by the artist. Hahaha.
Firefighter = my full time gig, so you'll probably see more firefighter stuff from me. I love the forum, and it looks like you guys drop solid advice (sans water damage). I already have a few challenge coin displays in the queue. And just got a call asking if they could buy this one out from under the client. I kindly informed him that I could make him his own.
 
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artfolio

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Yep!! An imaginative approach to an unusual piece of artwork. That red suede backing and black matt with the simple white bevel line really works.
 

neilframer

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Welcome to the Grumble, CrumbGuzzler.:eek::D

I like the burned artwork and the unburned black mat.
Often, and in this case in my opinion, the artwork is the focus and not so much the mat or even the framing.
It all works together to accentuate the art without overpowering it.

It really pops with the red background and the black mat.;)
 
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MATTHEW HALE

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i actually kind of like the burned mat one as well. If you're at all handy in the woodshop you could make your own simple wood frame and scorch it up with a torch.
 

robyn mathes

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A local firefighter brought me 2 of the same print that was drawn of his crew. He wanted one framed, and said I could try whatever I wanted with the second. Here is what I came up with...
Fortunately, the artist and the firefighter were not only cool with me burning the piece, they absolutely loved the idea. The artist has asked me to do a few more for him.
I burned the edges of the print, and then built up the backing behind the art to preserve the ripples and curls in the paper caused by the heat. It turned a flat drawing into a 3 dimensional piece. The top mat sits about 1/4 inch further out than the highest point on the art.
I tried a burned top mat as well (see pictures), but in the end, we all liked the suede mat better. What do you guys think? Would you do anything different in future builds? It sounds like I'm going to get a few more tries.
I have some of these prints also and just framed them in a "standard" manner. But wow I absolutely love what you did.
 

CrumbGuzzler

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i actually kind of like the burned mat one as well. If you're at all handy in the woodshop you could make your own simple wood frame and scorch it up with a torch.
I thought about burning the mounding, but I worry about getting a coating to stick to the charred wood. The ashy mess of a burned frame could be bothersome, so it would need to be encapsulated in a polyurethane or something like that. I worry that it will flake off since the char will want to turn into dust with the smallest of touches.
Any ideas on how to defeat this are welcome. A little scorch mark wouldn't be what these guys are looking for. They would want a gatored board.
 
Quality Matters At 888 Manufacturing

MATTHEW HALE

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
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oddly enough, we just rec'd samples of LJ's new "Carbon" line.

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prospero

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That's an old Japanese technique for finishing wood. I'd like to try it one day.
What could possibly go wrong?

 

neilframer

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That's an old Japanese technique for finishing wood. I'd like to try it one day.
What could possibly go wrong?
Another old technique for wood finishing...;)
In Japan, Godzilla is always available to help burn some wood...:eek:
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Sorry, they were showing a Godzilla marathon on cable over the weekend.:p
 

Philliam Phulgor

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
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i actually kind of like the burned mat one as well. If you're at all handy in the woodshop you could make your own simple wood frame and scorch it up with a torch.
Me, too. But the final version is a marvelous accomplishment.

I experimented with simple, mat burning ideas a long time ago. JASCO Denatured Alcohol can be used as a clean-burning fuel and I had varied, but decent results.
Do it outside, have fire suppression methods very handy and be very careful. Paint some on with a foam brush or use an eye dropper or spray from a spray bottle
for different effects.
My weirdest and favorite attempt was using partially melting marshmallows and "painting" some mat scraps and setting them on fire. The result wasn't
all that effective but eating marshmallows while I played was most satisfying. In fact, the results stunk but I had fun.

Speaking of burning, if you like rekindling an inner light from horrible tragedy, like Firefighters, like heavy metal music, try this. This actually lifted my spirits up
while bringing tears to my eyes:


https://youtu.be/_LypjOTTH6E
 
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