Saturday, December 12, 2009


Like any other painting, a fresco has more dignity when framed and hung on a wall. Rebecca's fresco was glued into a black frame at Aaron Brothers in Tucson:

We framed the small tile sized frescoes with angle iron, such as this one by the students at the University of Arizona:

Mikee welding frames out of angle iron at the Sculpture Resource Center:

Small empty frame with wire, for hanging on the wall:

Fresco tile to be framed:

Gonzalo suggested gluing the fresco tile onto the iron frame with PL 375, a heavy duty construction adhesive, found at Home Depot:

Spreading the glue, before lowering the fresco into the frame:

Gonzalo and his framed fresco:

Ed suggested using Gorilla glue, as an alternative to PL 375 adhesive. Mikee suggested priming the frames with Rust-Oleum primer first, to keep them from rusting into the fresco:

The smaller frame fit into a 12 x 13.5 inches "Really Useful Box" (7 litres, from Office Depot) with locking lid, next to the E-6000 glue. This makes for a compact portable fresco kit:


Larger frescoes need the support of an angle iron frame, to keep the panels rigid:

Mikee welding washers onto the back of the frame:

When the washers are connected by wire, the larger framed fresco panel can hang on a sturdy wall:

The excess PL 375 glue showing can easily be cut away from the iron frame after it dries:

The angle iron frames were cheaper than the Aaron Brother's option. However, we obviously have only touched upon the framing possibilities.

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