“Blue Sky” Picture Frame in Cherry
As a huge fan of The TV show, Breaking Bad, I was excited to finally get my hands on the limited edition print, “Breaking Bad Upon the Mount”. I wanted to make a custom frame for it and had a nice piece of cherry that would work nicely. #breakingbad #pictureframe #cherry #epoxy #miters
I ripped the board and used the outside pieces because they had nice, straight grain.
After jointing, they were planed to thickness: 7/8”
I really like the Incra sled system. Setting up a perfect 45 is a snap.
I routed a rabbet on the back where the glass and print will nest into. 1/4” wide and 5/8” deep.
Used the Domino on the miters. Aside from the strength it adds, it makes gluing up a miter much easier.
Glued up and secured with a strap clamp.
I did size up the joint prior to glue up with a 50/50 mix of glue and water.
I then used a V-gouge to carve some grooves on the frame’s face.
Here are the grooves.
I then scorched the wood around the grooves with a torch.
Then, scraped and sanded the face clean. This left just the scorching inside the groove.
The grooves were then filled with a blue metallic-tinted epoxy.
After curing, the epoxy was planed and sanded flush.
The frame is finish sanded to 400 grit.
The finish is Osmo Polyx in glossy, which honestly, isn’t noticeably glossier than their satin finish!
Here you can see the scorching on the walls of the grooves. Subtle but I like it.
After I carefully cleaned the plexiglass I inserted it into the frame along with the custom-cut mat.
Then the print...
...low tack tape to keep the print in place...
...and the foam backing board. Everything is held in place with glazing points.
Acid-free paper is attached with double-sided tape to keep out dust and bugs.
D-rings are attached about 1/3 of the way down from the top.
Hanging wire is attached (thankfully, plenty of YouTube videos demonstrate how to properly tie this)
Felt bumpers attached to keep the frame off the wall and give proper air circulation.
And here it is. Fun project to make the print a little extra special.
And to the uninitiated, the blue is a nod to the main commodity of the program. 😁