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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How to Make Foil Frames

I've been having so much fun on vacation. It's time to get inspired for a new year! Today I went on amazon and ordered some more art teaching books. I also reserved some through the library. I have so much to learn as I pursue excellence as an art teacher. Awhile back I said I would tell you about the foil frames we used for the Mexican Christmas project. When I was a kid, we spent a lot of time in Mexico. I loved the tin Christmas ornament we bought. Search for Mexican tin art to find some beautiful examples. I ordered a roll of 38 gauge decorator foil from Dick Blick art supplies. I also ordered a bunch of special tools, but came to learn that dull drawing pencils work better! I cut the foil with the exacto knife which I carry in my purse at all times. I found that if the foil is scored, it tears pretty easily. It might be good to tape the edges so the student's can't cut themselves. I know there are a lot of choices, including heavy duty foil that you can just buy at the grocery store. I'm certainly open to suggestions. This one I had to figure out on my own. I also used this foil for a lesson on Ghiberti and the gates of Paradise. In that case the foil was the whole picture, not just the frame.

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