Handfinishing

  • Scooped obeche profile with Farrow+Ball paint finish and tinted wax

    Scooped obeche profile with Farrow+Ball paint finish and tinted wax

  • 24 carat gold leaf water gilded frame with painted gesso inner slip

    24 carat gold leaf water gilded frame with painted gesso inner slip

  • Edward Bawden print with French mount in stained black oak profile under museum glass

    Edward Bawden print with French mount in stained black oak profile under museum glass

  • Composite of 3 clear waxed oak profiles to create a Whistler style frame

    Composite of 3 clear waxed oak profiles to create a Whistler style frame

  • Geometric prints framed in spray painted Tulip mouldings

    Geometric prints framed in spray painted Tulip mouldings

  • Milled obeche stepped moulding with brush applied gesso finish

    Milled obeche stepped moulding with brush applied gesso finish

  • Obeche tray with white bole and distressed 23 carat gold leaf.

    Obeche tray with white bole and distressed 23 carat gold leaf.

  • Suede evening gloves laid onto a dusk grey mount in a 12mm obeche frame handfinished with white bole and under Art Glass UV

    Suede evening gloves laid onto a dusk grey mount in a 12mm obeche frame handfinished with white bole and under Art Glass UV

  • Abstract canvas on a Bird and Davis stretcher with subframe and gessoed obeche tray frame.

    Abstract canvas on a Bird and Davis stretcher with subframe and gessoed obeche tray frame.

Wax finish

wax_thumbThe most straightforward finish is a coat of wax, clear or tinted, straight onto the timber. Depending on the wax used, this can either be a soft wax, hand applied, that gives a pleasing satin sheen to the timber, or a hard wax , applied by spindle polisher, that gives a deeper, glossier shine.

Stain and wax finish

stain_thumbAfter sanding the timber is stained with one or more coats of woodstain, allowing to dry fully between coats, until the desired depth of tone is achieved. When this is dry, wax is applied to reach the required finish, although the hard wax applied by spindle polisher tends to lift some of the stain. Liming wax, white or tinted, is applied the same way.

Paint and wax finish

paint_thumbThis follows the same procedure as stain and wax, although paint can be applied to add texture to a finish and unless applied in a thin coat will obscure much of the grain pattern. It is possible to paint over a stain, then rub it back to reveal an undertone. This can be waxed or limed over.

Gesso finish

faux_gesoA procedure we have developed as an extension to the painted finish is to use emulsion paint that is thickened with whiting (an inert chalk filler) that is applied in several layers. This is then sanded back and water polished to give a plaster like surface that can be painted, waxed or varnished over.

Water gilding

gilding_thumbThis range of water gilded frames uses the same traditional techniques which go back as far as the Renaissance and beyond. It is called water gilding on account of the base underlying the gold leaf being made from rabbit skin glue, and involves up to 10 layers of gesso and 6 layers of bole. Read more…