Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tutorial - Replacing Backing Paper

Quick tasks always expand to 'take awhile jobs'. Easy repair - replace the paper on the back of a small picture. Part way into the task - notice frame is cracked.

ruler, pencil, scissors, pliers, brown paper, glue, small clamp, small nails

Procedure (above):
#1- 4 Remove nails (pliers), and backing, save, find smaller nails

#1-3: remove glass (watch out for those sharp edges), wash and dry - note the lovely thickness of the old glass.

#4 - discover crack in frame.

Fill crack with wood glue, clamp, let glue dry (do something else for at least an hour).

Re-assemble - glass, picture, backing cardboard. Push nails in carefully to original nail holes with pliers. Put screw eye in original hole. Trace shape of back onto brown paper. Cut out, trim, and trim again until the brown paper edges are 'barely inside' the outside edge of the frame. Glue. (hint: cut a small slit for each screw eye before gluing). Spray back of paper lightly with water. Let it dry (sunshine Tuesday was a great help for fast drying time).

Paper shrinks taunt. Reattach wire. Project completed. Put supplies away.

Thanks Centsational Girl for tutorial on making a opaque labels for pictures
using Pixlr (first picture in this post).
Thanks PicMonkey for tools for editing, watermarking and framing first picture.
Thanks iPiccy for tools for collages, text, watermarking, framing and sizing.

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  1. Hi Joy!

    I agree... small task always seem to morph into bigger projects. You shared some great tips like spraying the paper with water, and I also like how you edited your photos.

    Thanks for sharing at my party this week!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party

  2. Every job I do works out that way! Thanks for the tip on wetting the paper! ~ Maureen

  3. This post is very helpful, Joy. You presented it very well...thank you~~~

  4. I've always wondered how to change the backing. Thanks for the great tutorial and thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  5. I learned that trick years ago in the 4-H program. You just performed a 4-H demonstartion! and did it well : )

  6. What a great tutorial Joy! Thanks for sharing!


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