DIY - Texturing a Frame - Tutorial

by Victoria
7 Materials
40 Minutes
Sometimes a picture frame needs to have a little more... personality. And that's when I realize I needed to alter the frame that was graciously holding my beautiful glass tracing art. This is how I did it!
I purchased a simple frame from my local thrift shop for only $2, very plain and even boring for what I needed so I "dressed it up" a little using:
* String flat back beads like these ones..
You can find these beads anywhere on the internet, Google "String flat plastic beads" and you'll see a list of places where you can get them from.
You will also need:

* Aluminium foil

* Hot glue sticks

* Craft paint

I started by removing the glass support from the back of the frame. You only need top do this if you're going to hang a Glass Sketching like the one I did on this tutorial:
I then started gluing the string beans along the middle of the frame alternating beads styles ( flowers and dots) for a more daring look.
The I pour hot glue along the sides of the string beads, I did this sporadically and kinda like in a circle motion so it looked like scrolls but you can make your own patterns with the hot glue.
I proceeded taping the beaded frame with foil tape, which you're already familiar with since my last tape project:
pretty easy and kinda fun!
Now its painting time... I used cheap craft paint, after all, this was an experiment and I didn't want to waste precious chalk paint or anything like that.
This is the important part of this whole project, pay attention!!

I paint it the first coat and I didn't, I repeat, DIDN'T let it dry..

I rubbed off the wet paint in some areas to reveal some of the metallic silver underneath creating a more dimensional look.
Not bad, eh?!!

See the interesting pattern that the hot glue produced under the foil? that's what I call TEXTURE!
Read the ending for this project on my blog:
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Cathleen Racine Cathleen Racine on Jan 11, 2016
    Just to clarify? Aluminum foil or foil tape?
  • Betanner Betanner on Jan 28, 2016
    I am interested in the "art work" inside the frame. How was it done??
  • Ibn Ibn on Jun 23, 2016
    Something got skipped--after the hot glue you coated the beads and frame with something white before covering with the tape? What was that step? The end result is very pretty.
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