FFf Eclectic Red Barn: My Framed "B" with Handmade Decorative Trim

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My Framed "B" with Handmade Decorative Trim

As you might know if you have followed my blog,  I have been working on turning my red barn into my workshop. You can read more about the red barn project here. The problem is that there is way too much stuff in the barn that needs to be fixed, painted, distressed, re-purposed or something else. So as I plug away at the items, I recently found a vintage frame that I purchased when my sister and I went on the Longest Yard Sale a few years ago. It was awesome!


Here is my finished "B" frame,  but it did not look like this when I purchased it.

Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage Bubble Frame with Molding and Letter

You have probably seen this type of frame. They often had domed glass in them and were called Antique Oval Bubble Convex Glass Picture Frame.  Mine did not have the bubble glass, thus the reason it was only $8 dollars. It was in relatively good shape. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage Bubble Frame with Slight Imprefections
 It had a few chips on the inside and outside of the frame.

Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage Bubble Frame with Chip

Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage Bubble Frame with Chips

I didn't mine these holes at all, but I did put a little wood filler in some of the bigger holes and sanded them. Then I applied Ce Ce Caldwell chalkboard paint in vintage white - two coats.

Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage Bubble Frame Painted with Chalk Paint Obviously the frame needed more than paint. I wanted some decorative trim at the top but didn't have anything that would work. So I guess I have to make my own. I have done this process on other frames to fix broken or missing trim. 

Here is the mold that I created from plaster of Paris.
Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage Bubble Frame with Handmade Molding

To create this mold you will need, baking clay, plaster of Paris, and an x-acto knife. 

Eclectic Red Barn: X-acto knife and clay for molding

I use baking clay from the craft store. I cost about $2 but with a coupon, half that. You do NOT want to bake it when you have made your mold. It needs to be pliable so you can get the mold out. 

I needed something to create the mold from. I decided to use a vintage oak frame that I fixed before, more on that frame in another post. This corner piece would be perfect along with another piece of trim. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage frame part for molding


Here is how I recreated this trim.
1. Open the clay and work it some so it is soft and pliable. 
2. Lay the clay over the trim to copy and press down. 
3. Make sure to press down to get a good imprint.

Eclectic Red Barn: Molds that are created with clay from a frame
 Here are my two molds.
4. Lift off the clay - carefully.
5. Do NOT Bake!
6. Mix up some plaster of Paris according to the package directions.
7. Pour the plaster of Paris mixture into the mold.
8. Let set until dry. (Package states it should set from 20 - 30 minutes)
9. When dry, remove mold from clay - CAREFULLY.
10. Allow to set for a little while. I let them sit overnight since I was busy with other things, but you can use it after the stated time on the package .

Your trim has extra plaster of Paris around the edges and other places that needs to be trimmed up. Grab your x-acto knife and begin to scrap the mold carefully. Make small scrapes until you get what you want. This takes a little time, be patient. If part of your mold brakes, don't be too concerned. Once you place it on your piece, it won't matter. In fact, mine is in two pieces and the side pieces both broke in half. 

Once you have your trim created, it is time to apply it to the frame. Now, in an ideal world the trim would be perfect and it would lay flat and be beautiful. NOT! This frame is rounded so when I tried to glue the side pieces, they both broke.

I used gorilla glue to apply it to the frame. Where it cracked, I applied a little chalking and used a toothpick to smooth it out. Can you see where it is cracked? It isn't perfect, but I like it.

Eclectic Red Barn: Molds glued on the frame


Eclectic Red Barn: Molds glued on the frame

On to distressing and waxing. I applied Ce Ce Caldwell aging wax. Here I begin to apply the wax and then rub off what I don't want.

Eclectic Red Barn: Adding aging wax to the vintage frame


Once I had the wax the way I wanted it, I distressed the frame and then buffed it. The frame is looking great , what to put on the inside? 
I found a fancy letter B  for Beverly. Perfect! I printed it out and sketched it onto some canvas. I don't have any pictures of this because I was "just practicing" ! Who knew that it would turn out so good.  Well, there you have it, a vintage picture frame updated with paint and molding. It is going in the barn when I get it done.

Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage Bub ble Frame with Custom Molding and Letter "B"

I know the process of creating your own molding might seem intimidating, it is not. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.  The hardest part is finding the mold you want to copy. Give it a try!
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