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Hanging Ribbon Frames

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Hanging Ribbon Frames

For my next photo display project, I made connected ribbon hanging frames. It’s a really simple way to add some charm to plain picture frames. You only need a few materials and tools to complete this project. I started with two identical frames (you could used more if you like), some wide ribbon, scissors, and hot glue. You may want to also have a needle and thread handy, but it’s not necessary. My frames are the kind that center panel isn’t removable-it just opens up like a book. This style lends itself really well to...

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Covering a Frame with a Sweater

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Covering a Frame with a Sweater

Covering a frame, or even a mat, is a great way to suit it to your interior décor. For this project, I used an old sweater. This is a great project to use a damaged or ill-fitting sweater, although you could use any fabric scrap you have laying around. To start, you’ll need your frame, scissors, hot glue, and a piece of fabric large enough to cover the front and sides of your frame. If your fabric is thick, I would recommend one that has at least a little stretch to it. If you’re using a thin fabric, you may want to use spray...

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How to Leaf a Frame

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

How to Leaf a Frame

Here’s my first craft project posting! I’ll be showing different ways to display your photographs. I plan on doing these quite a bit in the future. In this first post, I’ll be explaining how to leaf a frame. Leafing is a method of applying sheets of very thin precious and semi-precious metals onto objects. Gold, silver, and copper leafs are very easy to find in your local craft stores. You’ll also need size and sealer which you can probably find right next to the leaf. For this project, I’m using silver...

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Dating Old Photographs

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Dating Old Photographs

Sometimes a photograph can be quite difficult or impossible to date using just clothing. Here are a few other methods of dating old photographs. First, look at the front and back of the photo to look for text that could be researched. If there is text on your photo and you’re not already well versed in costume history, do this research before anything else. Is there the photographer’s name and location on it? Do internet search on any text you find. This can help you uncover the date and/or location the photo was taken. If you...

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Dating Photographs by Clothing

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Dating Photographs by Clothing

A good way to learn when a photo was taken is by dating photographs by clothing. Keep in mind that although this is an excellent way to date photographs, this method won’t work well with all of them. Depending on the subjects (sex, age, economic situation) photos can be more or less difficult to date using this method. It is often easier to date using women’s clothing because women’s fashion during these periods change much more dramatically than men’s does. In this posting, I’m focusing mainly on fashion of adult men and...

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Tips for Taking Care of Your Photographs

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Tips for Taking Care of Your Photographs

All too often, the basement or attic is the place where old photos end up. Storing them there can do a lot of damage. Basements can flood and tend to be damp. Damp environments increase the speed a photograph can deteriorate and can cause mold growth. Attics are often too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Store your photos in a cool, dry, dark location. According to the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the best storage environment for most photos is 68°F with a humidity range of 30-40%. Film...

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