Frame Composition: Restoration of Vintage Ornate Frames

A few of the older frames we have at our studios are in need of replaced ornamentation. It’s an involved process to replicate what is 150-year-old frame-working. We use an in-house formula for our composition, made from six ingredients. A mold is created and the composition formed from it, and then fitted into place with cutting and sanding. Then gesso, clays, and gilding are added to match it with the rest of the frame in what will ultimately be a black glaze over gilding. The great aspect of composition is how well it can be shaped in a refined manner, which makes it ideal for decorative ornamentation. Stay tuned for photographs of the finished frames . . .

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