Roger and Carmela Arturi Phillips
Gillie Hoyte Byrom
Framing Miniatures Made Easy
Being a routined miniature artist, you will be aware of the special requirements of framing for miniature art exhibitions. Starters in this beautiful kind of art – please see my little guide. This first part is about framing oil – and acrylic paintings.
First decision to be taken is the choice of the framing material. I used to order 5 or 10 frames of my favourite size in different colours to give me a certain stock to choose from. When deciding on a frame, I check which one would match with the colours of the particular painting.
As I paint mainly in oils I mostly do not use glass as it is not needed – this applies for Acrylics as well.
However – this is only my opinion. Sure I make exceptions – if the frame comes with a convex glass cover – like the one shown.
If a frame has no ring hanger as in my first example I use a fine wire and crimps – plus a triangular or D-ring which can be folded down. Those rings are required in several exhibitions.
The fine wire is of high quality and is available in craft shops – usually to create fashion jewellery. This material does not crinkle. To stop the wire from slipping I crimp the wire at the correct length and fasten it with tiny nails to the back of the frame – making sure that the loop in the wire is small enough and cannot slip over the head of the nail.
© Marion Winter – Text and Photography