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Friday, August 27, 2010


We're framing our Zentangle Master Class creations. We want to show this paper's beautiful natural edges. We don't want to use adhesive or have glass touch this artwork, so we hold it in place with beads threaded with thin wire. This piece is attached to its acid free backing and is ready for framing.

Here's a close-up of a threaded bead. We like to use translucent red glass crow beads.

On the back, just fold the wire over and tape it.

In this framed illuminated letter, artwork is held in place by red crow beads on a sheet of contrasting brown lokta paper that was dry mounted to mat board.

It's fun when pieces are large enough to use those big red beads. Maria loves them.

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Tinkered Art said...

Love the idea of the bead - will have to file that away for futre reference.

Very nice Bokeh in the close-up shot of the bead almost a rainbow.

Cheryl Gebhart said...

The bead looks really nice. I understand not wanting to use adhesive or have the glass touch the art, but don't you poke a hole in the art for the wire to go through?

Heather Victoria Held said...

Absolutely stunning. Very inspiring work to see!


Zentangle said...

I don't mind the hole so much as the adhesive.... m

Tricia, CZT said...

Very nice framing ideas. Are the papers 'spray coated' with a sealant for protection against household 'elements'?

Shelly Beauch said...

The beads add such a lovely old world look....love it1

Zentangle said...

On these pieces there will be glass, so no need to spray coat. The beads help keep the glass off the art, as would a mat. maria

Jane Monk said...

What a great idea ... love the beads.

Bette Abdu said...

My Master Class pieces are ready to frame. Later today I plan to visit my framer -- so glad to have this wonderful idea.