This process was a little trickier than I thought it would be. As the Intaglios are of different sizes and depths, finding frames deep enough to accommodate the Intaglios proved difficult. You will probably have to adjust with extender clips which I will explain below.
This is a brief tutorial on how I made my Intaglios and I hope that anyone looking to do the same, can benefit from my experience.
Step 1: Dry run: Layout design for Intaglios. This will give you an idea of how you want your mat cut. I had mine cut at Hobby Lobby for 6.00 per mat. If you have a mat cutter you can cut yourself. You will need to have your mats cut before you glue the Intaglios so that you can use it as your guide to center the Intaglios.
There are limitless ways to lay these out. Try out many designs during this dry run.
I bought frames at Hobby Lobby, but of course waited until they were half off.
I used Titanium colored metallic paint from Hobby Lobby and applied with a small brush.
Since I was saving so much money by doing it myself, I splurged on my fabric and got a really good quality beautiful linen to use as my backing.
I cut the fabric to the size of the backing board that came with the frame.
Step 5: Use spray adhesive to apply fabric to backer board, then tape around edges to neaten them up(the tape is really optional, I just didn't like seeing the frayed edges and loose threads. You won't see this once in the frame, I was just being particular.).
Step 9: Put frame together
- Clean glass
- Lay glass in frame
- Lay mat behind glass
- Lay foam behind mat
- Lay back board with Intaglios behind foam
- Tighten extender clips to snug up to board
- Glue craft paper on the back
- Add picture hanger
You are now ready to hang them.
I hung mine over the fireplace mantle, but will probably move them umpteen times before I am totally satisfied.
REMEMBER ~ Delight the Eye.........Nurture the Soul.
Bye for now,