Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Frames & Art Are Finished!

Er... Well, some of them anyway! Taking photos is a good way for me to see which areas still need "something". And it looks like I'll be needing to make A LOT more somethings...


I started out with the pot metal frames that you find on eBay. I like them best because they are very detailed, not as thick as most "dollhouse" frames, come in a wide selection of styles and sizes and are highly affordable. That is, if you don't mind a little work.


I always start out with my kit of metal files to sand off the metal sprue from the molds. Then they get a good scrub with soap and water to remove the oily mold release agent. Then I paint. I've used a variety of methods from spray paint to acrylic, but I found a new favorite method this time: Tim Holtz Distress Paint in tarnished brass. It's very thin so it goes into all of the details, but the coverage is excellent. I used three coats, but two would have been plenty.


I had previously made up the art prints (ink jet printer, matte photo paper), card stock mats and back panels (Cricut) so after the paint dried (which was fast) I just had to assemble. I used double sided tape to hold the mats onto my working surface, then applied glue to the frames edge. I carefully lined up the frame to the mat before pressing it into the frame.


Once these were well dried, I used double sided tape to hold the art work to the working surface. Then I applied glue to the matted frame, lined up the part of the art I most wanted featured, and pressed the frame onto the print. Once that was dry I applied glue to the backing card stock and centered it on the back. Ta-Da!.


Although I used many different sizes and designs for the frames, I wanted the frames to be the same metal finish and for the art work to have the same cool blue feel of the build colors. I really like them all, and since my real life house has all warm colors and traditional decor, it's a nice way to explore a different vibe!


Now for the sealer. I used Aleen's matte spray sealer. It's quick drying and seems a lot less stinky than most others I've tried. Gloss ones are the worst! I still spray in the garage, so I like to have a box with a fold down top for my spray booth. Spray then close the top down. This keeps the little nasties from getting stuck to the surface while it's still wet. I applied three coats just for good measure. I don't want that printer ink fading before I am ready to remodel in a few years!

And now, a few shots after they've been "hung" (hot glue so as no glue moisture warps the papers). I also attached the dining room and entry mirrors - trying to do this after the ceiling is attached would be a nightmare!












I like the way they turned out, and the directions that this project is leading me. It's interesting, challenging and mostly fun. Next up: Finishing up the lighting so the ceiling can be attached, stairs, column bookcase and then... Well, a totally different direction. More on that soon...

Happy Humpday!

Jodi

19 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful Jodi. I love the photos, especially the one you took through the archway. I was just going to ask how you got the perfect mounts for the pictures...so Cricut. Hmm, still resisting buying one but it's getting harder :0P

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment, Pepper! I am sure that once you get to decorating the inside of the Gothic manor the uses for the Cricut will make it a much more justifiable purchase! Think what the laser cutter can do, but with papers rather than wood. And the card making itself is fun!

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  2. You really can't beat having a Cricut for the fiddly cuts. :D The artwork you chose is beautiful. I love those bare metal pieces, too. Well done!

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  3. They look just beautiful. The gold frames pick up the gold touches on your cornice details and your art picks up your colors without disappearing into the background. Love love LOVE!

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    1. Thank you, Sheila! I am glad they make you happy, too!

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  4. It's art-tastic!! And perfectly scaled on the walls. It looks wonderful.

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    1. Jodi, these pictures make a huge change and it starts looking as if someone is living here. Great! And if I look at all your joints and all: your work is very precise and accurate... my compliment!

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    2. Thanks, Marion! That means a great deal coming from one of my idols! :O)

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  5. FAN TA BU LOUS!!!! The look that these gold frames give to the rooms is one of southern elegance and quiet sophistication! Your methods are interesting and such fun to watch develop and your results are Simply Wonderufl!

    I love seeing the close-ups of the texture of the drapes and the subtle pattern of the wallpaper AND I think that your spray booth box with a top to protect your work from any floaties in the air is such a Terrific Idea-
    Well Done You! :D

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth! Your kind words are like honey on my lips and your spirit like water to my soul! Bless you!

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  6. These gorgeous frames add such an elegance and old world charm to the room....the prints selected are a lovely addition to the already pretty room. Thank you for sharing your method of taking the ordinary to the extraordinary...love the results! Cheers, Alayne

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    1. Thanks so much for the sweet words and the time taken to comment, Alayne! It means so much to have your support!

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  7. I love everything about that room, your photos are fantastic Im impressed :)


    Hugs
    Marisa

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    1. Thanks so much, Marisa! I don't know how I missed your blog, but I am adding you to my blog roll so I'll never miss another post! And I'm heading there now to read. No better way to sort out the "what's next" limbo I seem to be in now...

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  8. Beautiful selection of frames and art Jodi!

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  9. Thanks, Kristine! If you like them, that makes me feel good about them, too!

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