Although this is not a Picture Frame I thought I’d add it to my site anyway. Alan Lee was the lead concept artist for “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy movies, and others. I bought his “Sketchbook” and thought it was so incredible I felt it needed more of a place than sitting on a shelf or coffee table. The work of a true Master should be given a more special treatment. Some of the drawings in this book are hard to distinguish from photographs. His treatment of faces, clothing, armor, architectural elements, horses and creatures, etc. are second to none.
I started by burning out two mild steel plates, and welding flat steel stock to each to create the compartment for the book. I then welded heavy hinges on one side. On the back side, I’ve added stitching around the outer edge which is 1/8″ steel rod, bent and welded into place. I’ve added an “eye” hologram to the center of the back, which is hard to see here.
I then cut up a number of square stock pieces and welded them around the outside edges. For the inside, I lined all sides, front and back, with suede leather, laid in a few cutouts from the “Trilogy”, and placed them under glass. The book fits nicely inside. I finished off the box with it’s title done in metalwork on the front.