Re-moulding Damaged Frames
Every antique frame has distinctive decoration. They are each unique and have ornate feature and complex surfaces. When a frame is damaged, it is natural to believe that broken or missing decoration can’t be replaced, however, re-mould can be made of areas that have been lost. The objective in doing so is to achieve a seamless integration between the antique frame and the new moulding so that it is impossible to notice any damage.
An assessment of the missing areas, the material of the frame is needed and its distinctive decoration, the majority of the frames are made from wood.
To properly replicate the pattern of the frame, a putty mixture (commonly epoxy putty), would be created and applied to an intact area of the frame with similar decoration to the lost area. Once this has properly set, another mixture comprising casting powder and water is made. A suitable and correct mould will share the specific characteristics of the existing frame, replicating the dimensions, surface patterns and complex features. Conservation standard glue is applied to the area where it will be affixed – hatched marks grooved into the new mould and existing frame offers extra sticking power. If any hairline cracks are present at the join, filler can be applied where necessary.
The newly moulded section will then be matched accordingly in colour to the frame. In some cases this will require re-gilding, for other frames gilding cream or conservation paints will ensure a uniform finish.
After the remoulding and restoration are complete, the artwork can be enjoyed once again knowing that the frame can complement the painting both structurally and aesthetically.
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