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“Blue Sky” Picture Frame in Cherry

author-gravatar Kevin0611 Nov 13, 2019

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

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I ripped the board and used the outside pieces because they had nice, straight grain. 

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After jointing, they were planed to thickness: 7/8”

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I really like the Incra sled system. Setting up a perfect 45 is a snap. 

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I routed a rabbet on the back where the glass and print will nest into. 1/4” wide and 5/8” deep. 

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Used the Domino on the miters. Aside from the strength it adds, it makes gluing up a miter much easier. 

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Domino placement. 

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Glued up and secured with a strap clamp. 

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I did size up the joint prior to glue up with a 50/50 mix of glue and water. 

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I then used a V-gouge to carve some grooves on the frame’s face. 

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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. 

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After curing, the epoxy was planed and sanded flush. 

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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!

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Here you can see the scorching on the walls of the grooves. Subtle but I like it. 

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After I carefully cleaned the plexiglass I inserted it into the frame along with the custom-cut mat. 

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Then the print...

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...low tack tape to keep the print in place...

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...and the foam backing board. Everything is held in place with glazing points. 

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Acid-free paper is attached with double-sided tape to keep out dust and bugs. 

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D-rings are attached about 1/3 of the way down from the top. 

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Hanging wire is attached (thankfully, plenty of YouTube videos demonstrate how to properly tie this)

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Felt bumpers attached to keep the frame off the wall and give proper air circulation. 

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And here it is. Fun project to make the print a little extra special. 

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And to the uninitiated, the blue is a nod to the main commodity of the program. 😁

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3 comments

Beautiful frame, Kevin. I like the pigmented epoxy, fits just perfectly with the theme haha. Is the artwork still available to your knowledge?

It was a limited run that sold out instantly. I had to buy this one on eBay at a premium. 

Nice frame. I make all the frames for my wife's artwork and may steal your idea for the epoxy inlay. One thing I would suggest is a simple profile around the inner part of the frame as a transition between the frame and the picture. Like a simple ogee routed in. Take a look at my frames for some ideas. 

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