I promised a status report on the frame making progress and this is it. The first photo below is my first frame unpainted. It is square! If you have never made a frame you probably do not understand the elation that simple statement evokes.
I will admit to some mis-cuts and mistakes in the process so not all the board feet of trim I created resulted in a finished frame. Though the mis-cuts can be used in smaller frames. However, I did come out with three which are shown here below on the paintings they were cut to fit. They are simple floater frames but I am quite proud of the outcome. The fit! Another of those simple statements that if you have never made frames you cannot fully appreciate.
I was happy enough with the outcome to rush off to the hardware store for more materials. I have several more completed pictures to frame and one more painting I am beginning for which I need a frame. The least favorite part of the process for me is painting them, so when a fellow artist asked if I would be willing to make them for sale I immediately replied "unpainted." Rather like unpainted furniture.
And while painting the frames is my least favorite part the opportunity to finish each frame to match the painting is very nice. I did these to duplicate the ones I am currently purchasing from a frame wholesaler but I am beginning to see the opportunities available for finish given that I am making them myself.