I had a commission to provide six photos for the entry/lobby area of a business in Dallas. I had a service bureau (White House Custom Color—they're great) do the 20" x 30" prints. I matted them in 4 ply soft weave white mats. (I'll be doing 4 even larger prints in another part of the same building later.)
The bride had purchased the frames off of Craiglist, but most of the existing acrylic used for the lights were scratched and unusable. Another trip to Craigslist and she found a frame shop going out of business and was able to get a great deal on some museum quality non reflective glass. Of course I had to dig out my glass cutting kit and practice on a throwaway piece of glass laying around until I felt comfortable, but it went well.
I did have to sand and repaint the frames, and they were all just slightly different in size, so we grouped the photos that were closest in size together. I cut the mats myself using my own jury-rigged mat cutter. Set the photos in the acid free mats, attached a stiffening backing board, cut the glass, put it all together, added a foam core additional, but loose backing--all the while checking to make sure no little bits of dust or crud migrated to the face of the photo. I finished the back off by attaching some 50lb. kraft paper. I cut the kraft paper slightly oversized, put some 1" wide double sided tape on the back of the frame, attached the paper, sprayed the paper with water, used a hair dryer to dry and shrink the paper to perfect tautness, then trimmed the excess. I used D-rings and braided wire on the back for hanging.
Here's an older picture of my shop that is a bit less cluttered and cleaner, but before I put the cushioned mats down of the concrete floor. Things get so cluttered and messy so fast.
(not a bong—it's "art glass")
and the one that I had done previously as a test in a different corner of that same room:
The images themselves not in situ are below:
This Pegasus was at the 1939 NYC Worlds Fair and then atop a Mobil service station for 50 years in a Dallas neighborhood. It now resides on the first floor of the newly renovated Old Red Courthouse in downtown Dallas. It's also the cover image of my book, Dallas Iconography, now due out this summer sometime.
Detail of the Mustangs of Las Colinas
Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo
I love the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, the colors and shapes are fun to get in a photo.
Lonely Road, in the Texas Panhandle near New Mexico.
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