New art from for­got­ten old frames

Hamilton Metro News - - Diy - Ged Cann

Ev­ery­one has that old framed pic­ture of New York or Paris left be­hind by a room mate who went there one time, or a land­scape water­colour gifted from a rel­a­tive who is con­vinced they are the next Monet.

They are the elderly rel­a­tive’s images of African an­i­mals which look sus­pi­ciously like stock images left in the frame, and the Vic­to­rian- era prints of chil­dren who sus­pi­ciously bear no re­la­tion to the owner.

We have all looked at these be­queathed and for­got­ten art­works and thought . . . ‘ that’s a re­ally nice frame’. Well, now there’s some­thing to do with them.

With the re­turn of the po­laroid, or “In­stax” as they are now called, teenagers ev­ery­where are redis­cov­er­ing the value of printed photos, which means they will now need some­where other than their so­cial me­dia walls to pur­vey the suc­cess of their so­cial lives.

For the less scep­ti­cal, this tech­nique is also a great way to dis­play a few choice images from a favourite trip.

It’s not strictly speak­ing up­cy­cling, as you are ef­fec­tively turn­ing a frame into a frame, but it is still a great way to give an old frame some new life.

The steps are quite ob­vi­ous: sim­ply pop out the back of the frame, re­move the im­age— al­low­ing your­self one last ap­prais­ing look, and then put it some­where you won’t find it again. Next, pop out of the pane of glass if there is one.

I chose to paint the frames, which meant a quick sand­ing, and then I un­der­layed a layer of blue, fol­lowed by two coats of white.

I then lightly sanded back the white at the edges to re­veal the blue, giv­ing the frames a weath­ered sea­side look.

Then it’s a sim­ple case of us­ing small roof­ing tacks or nails to cre­ate points for your string to at­tach to.

Fi­nally you string up the lines.

The small pegs can be bought from the­Ware­house, they cost about $ 4 for 30.

Hey presto— you have a nice way to dis­play­mul­ti­ple pic­tures, and you’ve been able save that beau­ti­ful frame.


THE multi-photo frame

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