Some ideas are so stupid you just have to try them out, right?

We recently acquired a whimsical yet edgy drawing from acclaimed New York artist Glenn Palmer-Smith.  The theme is Russian, and although I have made many picture frames over the years, I felt this piece called for something special.  When I thought about Russia, the stark concrete architecture from the Soviet era came to mind, so a frame with the same look seemed just right.

Step 1: Sketch of Cross-section

Illustration (1) is a cross section of the form I had to build.  I decided on a frame width of 2 1/2" and a depth of 1 1/2".  I also bought a pre-cut piece of glass which closely matched the size of the drawing -- 16" X 24".  I bought a pre-cut piece of 1/2 " birch plywood to use as a backing for the form.  I had a few odds and ends of 2 x 4s around from which all of the other form materials were made from (table saw needed).
<p>I like it. Just putin it out there.</p>
<p>Hi obrown4: On the first cross section drawing and on step 4 you can see how the dovetail &quot;hanging inserts&quot; are supported by the &quot;hanging strips.&quot; After the concrete is hard, the &quot;hanging strips&quot; are removed, but the dovetail shaped &quot;hanging strips&quot; remain permanently in the back of the frame. They are used to install the necessary hook eyes and wire for hanging. I hope this makes sense. Thanks for your comment, Phil</p>
<p>So cool! anchored on a stud the frame shouldn't be too bad, i do have on question i see the hanging insert and assume you pour the concrete smoosh the stop on with the hanging insert and let cure. How do you get the hanging insert out? i'm having trouble figuring that part out. i'm making a project for my wife with poured concrete now i know what to do with the extra.</p>
Pretty sweet pic! Thanks for this. I've been looking for some ideas for my <a href="http://www.stanhopeframers.com/" rel="nofollow">picture framing shop in Boston</a>. Thanks again.
Putin on the Ritz?
You got it!!<br><br>You can see more of the artist's work at glennpalmer-smith.com
Great work, the exposed rebar gives it a look of age and I love it!
Man in the Moon?
I don't know if you see other comments, so I will tell you: &quot;Putin on the Ritz&quot;
LOL I &quot;see&quot; it now.....I didn't pay attention to the little holes in the cracker......and obviously didn't recognize Putin.
Yes, the artist is doing a whole series of &quot;pun&quot; drawings. You can imagine what his &quot;Melon - Collie - Baby&quot; one looks like...<br>
bet it's good <br>
You can learn more about the artist at glennpalmer-smith.com. He is the most originally creative person I have ever met. Do see his galleries on the web site.
Nice!! Something you might consider for your next project is to use copper wire instead of rebar. Expose the copper and it eventually turns green and gives a much different look.
Yes, I love corroded copper. But we were looking for a Soviet concrete structure look here.
So you've been to Moscow, too. I've never seen so much broken concrete in my life.
I think everyone in my family has been to Moscow except me -- but I have seen enough photos to get the idea.
Putin on the Ritz!
Of Course! Thanks for writing!!
Vladimir Putin on the Ritz. A unique frame from a unique drawing.
Out of curiosity, how much does the final frame weigh?
I was afraid someone would ask that. It's heavy, about 25 lb. But that's not too horrible if you compare to a big picture and frame.

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