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by prospero
Sat 18 Jun, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cleaning Glass
Replies: 10
Views: 234

Re: Cleaning Glass

Kitchen paper. :wink:
by prospero
Fri 17 Jun, 2022 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shortage of moulding stock at suppliers ....
Replies: 15
Views: 337

Re: Shortage of moulding stock at suppliers ....

I think this has always been a crimp. Italian factories have long Summer hols and if the importers are not stocked-up then there are long delays. Of course, other world factors compound the problem. Another reason I do only h/f mouldings. Rose&Hollis are brilliant. :clap: They were out of a couple o...
by prospero
Fri 17 Jun, 2022 11:36 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: how reliable are couriers at delivering orders on time these days.
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: how reliable are couriers at delivering orders on time these days.

All my deliveries have been on time. Can't grumble. 8)
by prospero
Wed 15 Jun, 2022 11:37 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Aargh! Not enought moulding
Replies: 9
Views: 189

Re: Aargh! Not enought moulding

Not your average framer wrote:
Wed 15 Jun, 2022 8:06 am
Ooo! That's interestiing. Black wax over white. I'm not sure what that looks like. Something for me try when I get the chance!
"Black Bison" is the brand Mark. It comes in various colours. But you knew that. :P
by prospero
Wed 15 Jun, 2022 4:36 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Trade priced frames for local artists.
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: Trade priced frames for local artists.

Artists (all customers in fact) get fixated with the cost of the physical frames. In reality the majority of the cost is in the labour required. They get a frame from a charity shop for £5. Then they are faced with the problem of inveigling their art into it. This may be possible but the labour invo...
by prospero
Tue 14 Jun, 2022 4:50 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Trade priced frames for local artists.
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: Trade priced frames for local artists.

If only artists would give a bit of thought to the practicalities they could save a lot of money. For instance, if they produce work that needs a piece of glass 25x33" that will need a full sheet. If they made it 24x36 you could get 2 panes from a sheet. There are lots of ways that life for the fram...
by prospero
Tue 14 Jun, 2022 4:22 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: how do you wet your hinge tape?
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: how do you wet your hinge tape?

I have had (the same) gumtape wetting machine since 1987. It was not a cheap item but it's earned it's keep many times over.

I has a handle that you pull and cuts the tape off at the right length. I use exclusively 4" wide tape.
by prospero
Tue 14 Jun, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here's Something you might find Interesting
Replies: 17
Views: 250

Re: Here's Something you might find Interesting

I was surprised to read that. I'm always happy when my mitres are virtually invisible. I can see that the mitres draw the eye on vintage frames' examples. So am I wrong to aim for invisible mitres, or is it just on a particular style of hand finished frame that emphasised mitres are desirable? That...
by prospero
Mon 13 Jun, 2022 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here's Something you might find Interesting
Replies: 17
Views: 250

Re: Here's Something you might find Interesting

mockmaple_big.jpg
This is my 'mock maple' done entirely with paint and waxed. I was quite pleased with it. :D

One fault: The corners are blended. I should have emphasised the mitre. I know better now. :lol:
by prospero
Sat 11 Jun, 2022 10:01 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?
Replies: 13
Views: 342

Re: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?

I may take time. Not too long a time. But that apart from that it is highly enjoyable. :clap:

I do the lengths pre-joining by clamping them in a workmate. This is two frames....
planks001_small.jpg

** Simons do (did) a nice range of driftwoods. :)
by prospero
Fri 10 Jun, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?
Replies: 13
Views: 342

Re: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?

Hi Mark. Any wood really, but pine gives a more 'wild' look as it has hard rays and the softer wood between tends to be roughed up more. This can be a very nice effect. Obeche is more even-grained. If you are using a Dremel with a milling tool or sanding drum lack of coordination could actually work...
by prospero
Fri 10 Jun, 2022 9:11 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Are slips and liners becoming less popular these days?
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: Are slips and liners becoming less popular these days?

I'm a big fan of liners. I use stacks of R&H A 276, I had over 1000ft this year alone and I paint every inch. :P Usually and "Ivory" effect. They act act rather like a mount in that form a sort-of no-mans land between art and frame. Without them, you tend to get the effect of peering though a hole. ...
by prospero
Thu 09 Jun, 2022 3:27 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?
Replies: 13
Views: 342

Re: Not that many driftwood mouldings are all that special, does anyone know any good ones?

I have one regular job that yields a lot of short bits of ½" pine moulding. I save these as it makes a great driftwood after
going-over with a wire brush and a couple of coats of paint. Quick waxing - Bingo. I did a set of photos (12 I think). Made a
slight hole in the pile. :lol:
by prospero
Tue 07 Jun, 2022 10:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Morso Blade sharpening
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Morso Blade sharpening

I have only ever had two sets. Some moulding will dull the blades faster than another. Oak/Ash is tough on blades and also needs a sharp edge to get a good cut. So if you are using a lot of this timber then you need to swap blades more frequently. Also, certain mouldings with a rock-hard coating wil...
by prospero
Tue 07 Jun, 2022 9:47 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Quick and easy sub frames.
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Quick and easy sub frames.

This is often the case. People want to save money by introducing complications and therefore making it more expensive. :lol:

I wonder if most of these skinny frame fans really want a skinny frame or if they think it will make the job cheaper. :cry:
by prospero
Tue 07 Jun, 2022 9:41 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Silicone grrr
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Silicone grrr

This is floating in a tray frame as I understand it Mark. :wink:
by prospero
Mon 06 Jun, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Quick and easy sub frames.
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Quick and easy sub frames.

Depends how strong they have to be Mark. :muscle: :P

I :heart: my biscuit cutter. 8)
by prospero
Mon 06 Jun, 2022 10:07 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Silicone grrr
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Silicone grrr

These prepared boards are based on a solid core that is not exactly acid-free. So any agonising about archival issues with the framing is largely futile. Thee backs have a cover paper which I dare say will delaminate eventually and this is what the adhesive is clinging to. :roll: The boards are not ...
by prospero
Sat 04 Jun, 2022 6:18 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Joining larger frames without relying on using an underpinner.
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Joining larger frames without relying on using an underpinner.

I join the big frames that I make by putting a biscuit in each corner, gluing up and assembling and then throwing a strap clamp around. I can then wrangle it to the underpinner. The v-nails are maybe not essential. I just do them just out of habit. I normally fix a 3" steel 'L' plate on the corner a...
by prospero
Sat 04 Jun, 2022 10:10 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Decorative Mount Tuition
Replies: 22
Views: 643

Re: Decorative Mount Tuition

Back in the '90s I did a lot of the trad Line and Wash mounts. A dying skill, although I used dry powders for the panels. I was a dab-hand at them. They are very stressful to do - one blob and you have knackered the job. They have all but vanished from the framer's repertoire, partly because the mod...