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I'm curious what does a finished portrait look like? Would you put it in a picture frame? How else would you put it on display and not have it just look like a picture in a frame?
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What's wrong with a frame? They are (or can be) made in thousands of ways from minimalistic to ornate...to complement the work or your decor. Photos and flat art, such as watercolors or drawings, are often matted in the frame. So, even though it's "just a picture frame" it doesn't have to look like any old picture frame. But there are frameless options, too.

Is this a photo or a painting?

Photos can be mounted between sheets of glass or acrylic and hung without a frame. Paintings on canvas are sometimes mounted on thicker strechers and are displayed without a frame. A photo can be displayed the same way by printing it on a canvas-like material. It's called a gallery wrap.

Then there's dry mounting, where the photo is pressed onto a foam core board or other substrate. The board is usually about ⅛–" thick, white, and is meant mostly for framing or other non-artistic display. But some photos are sharply displayed by mounting them on a much thicker board (" to 2", one brand name is Gatorboard) with a black foam core, exactly sized to the photo.

If you want some ideas, one of my favorite art supply sites is DickBlick.com
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I've been wanting to try to make a portrait from wood. I just figured part of the art is the 3-dimensionality of it. I thought if I put it in a frame, it would take away from that.
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Try looking at examples of marquetry.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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What I do with portraits. I cut the portrait out on my scroll saw. Then mount it to a backer board with a contrasting color so the art work shows up. I then make a spacer to between the backer board and normally stain it a flat ebony if I am using a black backer. If the portrait is 1/2 in thick I make the spacer 3/4 inch in height. Add up the thickness of the backer board, the spacer and the glass. Then make the frame to fit in size and depth. I stay with a simple frame with so as to not take away from the art work. I use a flat finish on the art work and high gloss on the frame. I hope this helps answer your question, it is not a difficult thing to do but sort of hard to describe with out a picture. The work I do like this is religious in nature and not permitted to post here.
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Wayne, I don't think there would be any problems with posting 'religious' works. As long as your post sticks with the 'techniques' involved and not evolve into a religious commentary you are good to go. I'm sure alot of folks would like to see what your talking about.

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What I do with portraits. I cut the portrait out on my scroll saw. Then mount it to a backer board with a contrasting color so the art work shows up. I then make a spacer to between the backer board and normally stain it a flat ebony if I am using a black backer. If the portrait is 1/2 in thick I make the spacer 3/4 inch in height. Add up the thickness of the backer board, the spacer and the glass. Then make the frame to fit in size and depth. I stay with a simple frame with so as to not take away from the art work. I use a flat finish on the art work and high gloss on the frame. I hope this helps answer your question, it is not a difficult thing to do but sort of hard to describe with out a picture. The work I do like this is religious in nature and not permitted to post here.
Recently someone posted a napkin/serviette holder with a fish and greek letters - no problem. Art is Art and woodworking is the best kind of art!

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here is one i did of jesus in a frame..godbless
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Nice Work!!!! and God's Blessings on you as well

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Here is The Crown of Thorns framed. Hope this helps.


The frame is 1 1/2 thick, rabbeted out to fit the art work. Once assembled it gives a true 3d image. The art work is 1/2 and the black spacer around it is 3/4 stained with ebony. The glass set on top of the spacer.
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