Here’s how it all started:
PAM (Painter Artist Mom) recently cleared out her antique frame stash and gave me many of them.
Along with 8x10s, I brought home about eight 20×24″ frames. Most are needing repair, but all are charming just as they are. Ah…the character of old frames.
In thinking of what could go in the frames, I remembered a stack of engineering drawings HH’s grandmother had given us many years ago. I searched the house over but couldn’t find them until a middle-of-the-night thought sent me to an upstairs closet.
The History of the Drawings:
HH’s father had completed the drawings as his class assignments in an entry-level engineering course. He’s no longer with us, so I immediately knew these treasures needed to be framed and hung on a wall in our home.
When I showed the drawings to HH, he at first thought they were his. He was at the same school 20+ years after his dad, in the same beginning engineering course – and he had done the same exact hand drawings.
Engineering has changed. Everything is computer-driven these days. The charm of hand drawings is a thing of the past. Progress is bittersweet.
HH requested I frame one for his brother, who lives in Michigan and is due to visit later this month. The drawings are in pencil and not very eye-catching, especially when covered with glass. This particular frame, not as large as the 20×24’s, had a canvas already cut to fit. I painted the canvas with a freebie Valspar sample in Belle Grove Buff.
With so many drawings to frame in the near future, I decided to make some framing corners rather than buying expensive mats. I found this old book on HH’s office shelf. Who does Fortran programming anymore?
I tore a page out of the book, cut 1-1/4″-wide strips and folded them to make corners.
If you hire a professional to frame something, they will custom-fit the frame to the size of your piece. Since I’m using an existing frame, the space around the drawing is not the same on all sides. But, I centered the drawing top to bottom and side to side then carefully slipped the corners over the drawing.
I pulled back each corner and glued with rubber cement.
I sat items at each corner and left it to dry overnight. The next day, I cleaned the glass really well and inserted glass and “cornered” drawing into the frame.
For framing, you’ll want to place these little push tabs along each edge 4-5″ apart.
Cover the back by gluing a paper grocery sack cut to size – makes it look professional, y’all.
There. Framing complete.
I think HH’s brother will be pleased to hang this piece of family history in his home. HH will be happy to enjoy his dad’s drawings when I get our gallery complete. Maybe when he goes on his next business trip, I’ll have them finished as a surprise when he gets home.
I love surprises. Do you?
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