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A Tribute to a Skyline. (Fred's Framing Corner)

Magazine article Art Business News

A Tribute to a Skyline. (Fred's Framing Corner)

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How many times have your clients requested that you help them focus in on one particular aspect of a piece of art? I have been asked to frame images of the World Trade Center many times since the tragedies of Sept. 11. Recently, I chose to pay a special tribute to the memory of the Twin Towers by highlighting them in the foreground of a frame. The towers are out front, with the rest of the New York skyline in the background. This created an eye-catching, three-dimensional treatment that can work well with almost any subject.

For this project, I used Framerica's 2-inch 83-B (Bologna) moulding from the Glider's Choice Collection. The panoramic poster I chose measured 14 by 51 inches. I began by mounting the artwork on 1/4-inch foamcore. Next, I cut the moulding for the left and right sides at 14 inches. Then, I determined that the portion of the frame that projected from the wall needed to be 8 inches wide to capture the image of the WTC towers. I cut the two 8-inch center horizontal rails with the moulding turned in the miter saw so the face of the moulding was against the saw fence and the rabbet was face down. The four returns required opposite miters at each end. I cut them turned with the face of the moulding against the saw fence. I chose to make the returns just 3 1/2 inches long, keeping in mind that they are an accent only.

To complete the frame, I needed to plot out the image carefully to determine the lengths of the final four horizontal rails. …

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