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Antique Frame Restore


Occasionally I come across a quality but damaged frame such as this one which I bought at a flea market in Manhattan. It's a beautiful piece, but it wouldn't do any good siting in a closet because I couldn't hang it, so I had to figure out how to repair it.

Here I'm building a dam. Pretty simple: two slats of wood attached with brads and the remaining openings filled with plumber's putty. I've applied a release agent to the mold area.


A two part resin poured into the dam.

The mold and the plaster of paris that I poured in it.
Taking care to continue the molding pattern, I've glued the new molding into place.
Finally a socially responsible use for my old cigar butts. After mixing them with water, the resulting tobacco juice adds about 100 years. I then touch up with gold paint, trying to match the wear pattern of the original.
Here's the frame as it hangs now on the wall. It's hard to tell where the patches are.


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