Over the years I have developed a love of antiques. Anything thrifted, found at a consignment store or flea market. I try to balance old, new and modern so that my house doesn't look like I am 100. Then the other day I had a couch delivered and the gentleman delivering the item says, "oh wow, an antique house". That's when I knew I needed to start adding some new/fresh pieces right away. Well.... not really, but it did make me think - is that really what people see when they come to my house?
I found a scroll painting a few months ago, where else, at my favorite local antique store (Designer Finds in Marshall, VA) and have been trying to decide how to display it. I already had a quite a few walls filled with frames so I just wasn't feeling that another big frame would look right on the walls, not to mention a frame just felt so heavy with the scroll painting. After doing a little digging I found a few ideas and one that felt just right; a solution that was modern, simple and truly complemented the art. Cue my Pinterest board: WALLS
The materials checklist is pretty simple and short, but the process takes a bit of (finger muscle) effort. There are two blogs that gave me the information I needed:
How to Make an Acrylic Frame by Jana Bek Design
Frameless Floating Art Tutorial by Pneumatic Addict
MY DIY PROCESS
1. I ordered the brass sign stand-offs from Nova Display on Amazon. They are a great quality and cheap!
2. Made a trip to Lowes and purchased a few sheets of Optix acrylic.
3. We asked Lowe's to custom cut the acrylic to a measurement that was a total of 4" wider and longer than the art (2" on each side). The art is sandwiched together so I needed (2) sheets of equal measurement.
4. Back at home, I measured 1.5" in from each corner and marked the locations for the holes. Make sure to leave the protective layer on both sides (you will have a chance to take it off later).
5. At this point I tested on an extra piece of acrylic, both the drilling and melting methods. The acrylic split when I used the drill so I went the melting route. This was kind of a pain in the bum and my hands hurt from squeezing and pushing through the plastic but I pressed on ...all for the love of design!
6. Using heavy-duty pliers, I gripped and held the round-ish end of a thick drill bit over my gas burner. The metal never got red like they mentioned in the above blogs posts, but that might be because I was impatient. Nevertheless, I heated/pressed and repeated the process many times and eventually had 4 melted holes. (I had a few pieces of wood lying around so I laid the acrylic on top of the wood to provide a bit of leverage when melting).
7. The holes didn't end up being big enough, so instead of remelting my husband used a dremel tool to enlarge them. This worked really well and if we were to try this project again, a Dremel tool with the right bit might be the better/easier solution as opposed to melting.
8. Last and final step is to mount the acrylic frame. The Nova Display Sign Stand-off's come with all the hardware you need. My only advice here would be to ensure that your frame is level when marking the wall and then to accurately trace the holes. The holes will likely be different sizes after melting which can easily throw things off.