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by prospero
Tue 19 Nov, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Restore / Repair Very Old Frames?
Replies: 8
Views: 90

Re: Restore / Repair Very Old Frames?

Unless the frames have significant historical value, I would say they are past economical repair. :cry:

Nothing is impossible, but to restore those would cost £££££££££££££s. Very labour intensive.
Even replacing the entire frame would not be cheap.
by prospero
Sun 17 Nov, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: float mounting
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: float mounting

It's a largely insoluble problem. A big sheet of paper is going to move - some more than others. To get some idea, when I used to prepare watercolour paper by soaking and taping to a stout board, I noted that a full 30" sheet will grow 1/2" when fully saturated. And to get some idea of the forces in...
by prospero
Sun 17 Nov, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Deep rebate L / Canvas profile
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Deep rebate L / Canvas profile

As Marks says, it's just two flat pieces of wood. Easy to concoct the right profile if you are going to hand-finish. I don't know of any ready finished profiles of that dimension. One way is to find a flat moulding and mitre with the rebate facing backwards/inwards. That creates a neat little 'shelf...
by prospero
Sat 16 Nov, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: After Hours
Topic: Removing the smell from old books
Replies: 10
Views: 398

Re: Removing the smell from old books

Have you tried using an OdourEater as a bookmark? :lol: :roll:
by prospero
Sat 16 Nov, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: After Hours
Topic: Watching TV.
Replies: 12
Views: 1174

Re: Watching TV.

I started off with a Motorola flip phone which had two batteries - a big one and a little one. Both external. So you could have one on charge. It was a fair old lump with the big one on. No texting, just a phone and on a good day you could actually make a call. A mate of mine had one of the old car ...
by prospero
Fri 15 Nov, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: gesso
Replies: 30
Views: 1424

Re: gesso

It looks a bit like this.....
das pronto.jpg
by prospero
Fri 15 Nov, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: After Hours
Topic: Watching TV.
Replies: 12
Views: 1174

Re: Watching TV.

:lol: I got a smartphone only a few years back. Previously I had A succession of little Nokia ones. I always used to keep the phone on me, in my pocket. The smartphone is a fair lump though and it's in a little case to protect the screen. Result? I don't keep it with me as I am afraid the screen wil...
by prospero
Thu 14 Nov, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: gesso
Replies: 30
Views: 1424

Re: gesso

I recently restored a frame with a beaded sight edge - several bits of which were missing. May intention was to cast a section and replace the missing bits, but when I tried I was pulling it off with the plasticine. :cry: Further poking revealed the whole lot was only just clinging on, so rather tha...
by prospero
Wed 13 Nov, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Copenhagen framer
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: New Copenhagen framer

Welcome Jens. :D

If it's nerdy details you're seeking, then you've come to the right place. :shock: :yes: 8)
by prospero
Wed 13 Nov, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Hobby level framing equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: Hobby level framing equipment

I started out with a Nobex saw and they do a reasonable job. Problem is, on larger mouldings it shows it's limitations. An artist friend of mine on hearing I had some framing kit went to a sale and bought up a load of BIG moulding and wanted me to cut it up into 10, 12x16" frames. That's 80 cuts. :o...
by prospero
Wed 13 Nov, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: How to revive dry liberon gold filler?
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: How to revive dry liberon gold filler?

I've done this many times using White Spirit. Or genuine Turps if you want to be flash. :P

It can take a while, but jabbing a few holes in it will accelerate the process.
by prospero
Tue 12 Nov, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: Greetings!

Hi Bertie and Welcome to the Dark Side. :lol: :ninja:
by prospero
Sat 09 Nov, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: After Hours
Topic: Removing the smell from old books
Replies: 10
Views: 398

Re: Removing the smell from old books

This may not be entirely sensible, but.... When I moved to my present shop it had been shut up and empty for a while and it had been a butchers. There was a prevading pong of rancid fat which I couldn't shift. Tried Disinfectant, Jeyes Fluid, allsorts. Opened all the doors and windows and let the br...
by prospero
Sat 09 Nov, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Topic: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.
Replies: 27
Views: 649

Re: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.

The old ornate gilded frames were all on pine carcasses, at least I've never seen one on hardwood. I them there days the timber was maybe better quality from the typical available today, but some of these frames have timber that is a bit ropey. No wonder they buried it under gesso and twiddly bits. ...
by prospero
Sat 09 Nov, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: After Hours
Topic: Removing the smell from old books
Replies: 10
Views: 398

Re: Removing the smell from old books

Yes. Or right up his nose. :lol:
by prospero
Sat 09 Nov, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Topic: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.
Replies: 27
Views: 649

Re: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.

On a slight tangent... I it's amazing how the most unlikely materials can look very classy. :D
HF001.jpg
by prospero
Sat 09 Nov, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Topic: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.
Replies: 27
Views: 649

Re: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.

This frame was done with a thick base of black gesso which was worked to leave random swirly brushmarks.
The grain is totally buried under the gesso.
psegblackframe003.jpg
by prospero
Fri 08 Nov, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Topic: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.
Replies: 27
Views: 649

Re: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.

Mark.:lol: You are right saying that grain filling is laborious. I've just done 30-odd and some are 4' x 3' and 4.5" wide. :? Plus.... Most had liners which needed to same treatment. I got though about 5Kg of filler. But.... Most of these are stacked frames and to blend the elements together the joi...
by prospero
Thu 07 Nov, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Topic: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.
Replies: 27
Views: 649

Re: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.

I use Daler Rowney Black acrylic gesso for black finishes. :D If you are happy (and why not?) with the grain that's fine. I prefer to fill the pores first (on hardwoods) with filler simply because it gives you more control. Occasionally you get a bit of atypical grain or a knot which sticks out like...
by prospero
Wed 06 Nov, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Topic: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.
Replies: 27
Views: 649

Re: Another 2 hand finished frames with photos of various stages.

What can I say? Nailed it! :D As for cutting your own frames, it would allow you to experiment and make more individual designs. You don't really need an underpinner. Clamps and hammer and nails would do the job. As you are finishing after joining, any 'divots' would get filled in alongside the fini...