So here’s the thing: Trump won the election and now I’m supposed to write about picture frames. Though it’s a bit difficult to focus at the moment, I’m struck by the words of a professor earlier today. He said that what we’re making here (whether it’s a fabricated or digital piece or both) is really about interaction, and communicating with other people.
Learning to build things and starting conversations from them is invaluable, so paying very close attention to *making* today, instead of destroying was in a way cathartic. Although (and I will now switch to a more lighthearted tone), this post is really about how NOT to make.
My assignment was to make something, and make it five times. More importantly, I was tasked to make the SAME thing. I (stupidly, naively) thought that it would somehow be a good idea to make picture frames. (I thought I could give them to my famjam as homemade fancy design person presents for the Holidays). This was altogether a bad idea. And here’s why:
Step 1: I cut my own wood.
That’s not so great, because this is what happens when you do that:
Yes, those are real measurements. Shoutout to my fly as hell pencil though. (It has a flat eraser so it doesn’t roll. Genius).
Step 2: I bought beveled wood.
Don’t do that to yourself. I had to arrange my rig on the chop saw a billion times so that my cuts would be directional. That was not fun, nor was it easy. It also meant that my cuts were extremely inaccurate (see above).
My handy miter saw. Hello my frenemy.
3. I cut at a 45 degree angle.
This was dumb because it presented me with eight opportunities to screw up fitting corners together.
I needed to sand a lot, at an angle,and clamping my corners was an exercise in futility, but it ended up being ok because the sanding gave me a smoother fit anyway.
This is a photo of it all sort of working out. Take that Trump.
4. Speaking of cutting wood at an angle. Why even do that at all? I could literally go to Michael’s and get 4″ 45 degree cut bevelled wood for like, no dollars.
Anyway, I used wood putty to fill in any of the cracks of the corners that didn’t work. It was helpful:
I also used the dremmel to sand down the wood putty to conform to the shape of the frame once it dried.
Ready for my closeup.
And then, because why not ruin everything you touch (a la Trump), I decided to stain my frames:
5. Why not just buy your own picture frames?
The results are TBD, but preliminaries are a little shaky. For instance, wood glue, as you would have it, does not successfully absorb stain, which caused some interesting results in the pattern department. Also, wood putty is hyper absorbent. And also the natural wood is pretty. I’m conflicted. Final opinions tomorrow, when the stain has dried.