Framed Wrought Iron Cross

I’ve had and loved this wrought iron cross for years & it hung in our home in a prominent place.  I always wished that it had more of a visual impact, which I felt it deserved.  After adding a frame to the cross, it’s now a focal point.  I love it even more.

Framed Wrought Iron Cross

It’s a large cross, measuring about 18 1/2″ long.  I knew what I wanted to do with it, but I didn’t have a frame that large.  What did I do?  I started to search for a frame at the local Goodwill.  I was ecstatic when I found a frame large enough to fit the cross, and the price was right.

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When I got the frame home, I couldn’t wait to see how it fit.

Framed Wrought Iron Cross

I painted one side of the painting & placed the cross on it to see how I’d like the color.  Perfect.

Framed Wrought Iron Cross

The frame was entirely too light to show off the cross, so out came the spray paint.  I used RUST-OLEUM Black Metallic paint.  There are little flecks of ‘sparkle’ in the paint.

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After 20 years, the cross had gotten a few rusty spots, so I painted it too!

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After all of the paint had dried, I set it aside & got started on the backing.  The first thing that I did was to spray the board with an even coat of spray adhesive.

(It was early morning when I did this.  Forgive the blue.)

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Then I spread out a piece of white crushed velour on top of the adhesive & smoothed it out.

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After the adhesive had dried, I trimmed off the excess velour.

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After all of the excess Velour had been trimmed, I put it back into the frame, pushing down the clips to hold it in place.

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Now on to adhering the cross to the picture backing.  First, I laid the cross on the backing to judge where I wanted it.  What was I going to use to hold the cross in place?  I found these 4″ Cable Ties at Walmart!

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Using an Exact-o knife, I made cuts along side of the cross for the cable ties.

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The next part was a little tricky.  I had to insert the cable ties from underneath so the fastener was in the back.  Then I pulled the ends of the cable ties up.

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Once the cable ties were pulled up to the front, I laid the cross on the board & pushed the end of the cable tie over the cross sections & back through to the back.

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Once the placement was where I wanted it, I turned the piece over & began to tighten the cable ties.  Once they were tightened, I used some wire cutters to remove the excess.  (Hindsight – clip them close so the frame will lay close to the wall… ahem)

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And it’s finished!

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And now it’s hanging on the wall.  It now has an impact & is exactly what I’d envisioned.

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It amazing how adding a frame to a loved item makes it feel so much more important.

Happy Creating everyone!