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Closed Corner Frames

The Epitome of Custom Craftsmanship

 

By April Hann Lanford

Closed Corner Frames, The Epitome of Custom Craftsmanship

By April Hann Lanford

Closed corner or finished corner frames are custom crafted from start to finish.  This allows for seamless designs and continuous, uninterrupted patterns and ornamentation at the corners.  A museum standard, and collector preferred, these frames provide the first impression for the quality and care of the artwork it houses.

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The frame profiles above are a sampling of the variety of gold leaf and ornamental designs available.  When working with fine art, the frame designer may also reference the work’s time period and original geographic location when designing the ideal frame for the piece.

These frames do not have to be heavily ornamented, as our most popular frames are contemporary flat faced, painted or stained profiles.  Our flat, minimal custom profiles work well with antique items, as well as contemporary artwork.

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The milled wood profile is first cut, and then joined.  Once joined, the frame is then further customized.  The wood profile is carved, sanded, and further inscribed.  Ornamentation can also be cast and applied.

Once the desired design is achieved, the frame then undergoes a series of steps for the desired finish.  When we create watergilded frames, several layers of gesso are applied to the profile.  Every layer is individually dried and sanded perfectly smooth in order to achieve the flawless glimmer in a gold frame. Once the layers of gesso are completed, then a clay bole is painted on the surface.  The bole is finessed and prepared for the gold leaf.  The leaf is carefully applied, and if a reflective sheen is desired, the surface is then burnished with an agate. The gilding can then protected with a protective clear coat, or is aged, or further patinated, depending on the design.  Our custom finishes can require anywhere from 3 to 25 layers or treatment campaigns to accomplish the final effect.  

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

What is typically 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 presentation that closed corner, finished frames provide.

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

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