Framing

Custom Oval FRames

 

By April Hann Lanford

Custom Oval Frames 

By April Hann Lanford

Our closed corner or finished corner frames are custom crafted at our studio from start to finish.  This allows for seamless designs and continuous, uninterrupted patterns. While most of our custom framing is rectangular in nature, we also create custom round and oval frames.  

This Louis XV revival style oval frame is a combination of hand carving with inscribed detail finish in watergilt 22k and an ebonized finish to add contrast within the deisgn.  The frame was then assembled with an oval custom silvered mirror. The silvering is intentionally distressed to provide an aged appearance. 

Custom made gilded and lacquered frames do not have to be heavily ornamented, as some of our most popular frames are contemporary fflat panel profiles with beautiful lacquered and gilded finishes. 

Hand carved Oval Black Lacquer and 22k Gold Leaf Oval Frame, Custom oval frame, custom oval mirror frame chicago

Custom Finishing

There are many steps that go into created a custom finished frame.  In the video below, it takes you through highlights of the process:

Application of the primer-once the wooden substrate is sanded and prepared, a black primer is applied.

Red undertone-If you look closely, you will start to see that a lot of black finish frames actually have a red undertone.  A red foundation gives depth and warmth to black tones.

Gilding-The red undertone, and bole is prepared at accept 22k gold leaf along the site edge of the frame.  Once the gilding and sizing is properly set, it is then burnished to achieve a reflective sheen.

Clear Coat-A protective clear lacquer is applied to the surface of the gold leaf.

Black lacquer-The gold leaf is masked off, and coats of black lacquer are painted on with a brush. The coats are sanded inbetween applications to create a smooth finish with depth.

Distress-The gilding and the black finish is distressed to bring out the warmth of the red undertones, and to give the frame the appearance to gentle passage through time.

Clear lacquer-A final protective clear coat is applied to the surface.

Once the frame is finished, a custom silvered round mirror is installed to complete the project.

With the variety of profiles, carving, gilding, painted and stained finishes available, the possibilities are infinite.

An elaborately carved three-dimensional vine motif makes this custom oval frame stand out from the rest. The aysmmetrical foliate carving in in contrast with the formailty of the Louis XVIth design, adds to the character and charm of the piece. 

Hand carved, and water gilt in 22k gold, the finish was lightly patinated and distressed.  A custom antiqued silver mirror was installed into to the frame to relflect light and create an iconic centerpiece on the wall.

What is often considered custom framing today is the practice of cutting mass produced pre-finished length moulding and joining into frames.  While pre-finished profiles have their place in the industry, nothing is compared to the quality and originality of a custom carved and finished frame.

Hand carved 22k gold leaf gilded frame oval frame with vine

If you have questions or would like to review options first hand, or learn more about designing a unique frame, please feel welcome to contact us at:

April@artifactservices.com

312-344-0331

Examinations, condition reports, and related cost estimates

can be completed at one of our studios, online or onsite

Call or email us today to work with us on your project 

At Our Studios

Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

Online

We also welcome inquiries through email.

If you have questions about a general treatment or need an approximate cost for a project, you can send images and information about your piece.  When possible please include the following information:

Title, Artist, Medium, and Size

Condition Observations and Concerns

Images of the front and back, with any details.

We will call you to follow up and gather any further pertinent information.

Onsite

Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

Contact

Get In touch

april@artifactservices.com
(312) 344-0331
Main Location: 840 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL  60642

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Sat: 10am-2pm
Sun: Closed

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840 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

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Additional Locations

We can also serve you by appointment at our other locations in the Chicagoland area.

Lake Forest-Highland Park

Lincoln Park

 

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