As most collectors know framing a poster looks good, but it can be expensive. However, framing is not always the best option so Poster Mountain offers our hanging rod treatment which is an inexpensive alternative. We only use this treatment on posters that have been linen backed because the linen provides a flexible base.
Gabe starts out with long sections of half round and square molding that he cuts down to the specific width of the poster.
|Pictured: The poster we were putting rods on is an Italian James Bond Poster.|
|Pictured: Gabe goes by the old adage "measure twice, cut once" so he is double checking the measurements.|
|Pictured: Gabe cutting through the molding, while Aaron braces it for him.|
|Pictured: Gabe positioning the front half of what is about to become a hanging rod.|
|Pictured: Now the back.|
|Pictured: Aaron bracing the two pieces so that neither move while Gabe uses a nail gun to secure everything in place.|
The last step is to put the hanging brackets on. Since this is a larger piece, Gabe put one on each end to make it easier to hang neatly.
|Pictured: Gabe drilling a hole before screwing in the bracket.|
|Pictured: A small bracket on each end and the poster will hang from two nails or hooks in the wall.|
Gabe did the same thing to the bottom of the poster so that it was weighted down enough to hang straight.
|Pictured: Gabe and Chelsea demonstrating how it will work.|
So, now that you have an inexpensive option for hanging posters, on to part 2 which is the continuation of our Black Pirate project!
We left off with our poster in a multitude pieces after having been removed from layers of adhesive, cheese cloth and a wood board. (Here is a quick link back to the last Black Pirate blog: http://postermountain.blogspot.com/2012/01/couple-of-crates-and-beginnings-of.html)
A lot of the pieces we were not salvageable. They were just too small or too damaged, but the pieces we were able to save were temporarily mounted to a sheet of hollytex. The larger pieces were put to the side while Lindsay and John worked to turn the small puzzle pieces into bigger puzzle pieces.
|Pictured: The border and words were not mounted to hollytex because where they went was pretty obvious. They were pieced in later.|
|Pictured: The interior of the poster was in the worst shape, so this was the part that was temporarily mounted to hollytex.|
Once these pieces that were mounted had dried, they were cut free and the process of putting it back together as a whole began. The hollytex was trimmed close to the edges of the pieces and then once Lindsay was sure of where they were supposed to go we taped them together. (Yes, I know. We have on several occasions mentioned how bad tape is. But in this instance it was a necessary evil because we needed something to hold the pieces together during the mounting process.) The tape was on the hollytex and never came into contact with the poster itself, so once again: don't put tape on your posters or pieces of art! Anyway...
|Pictured: The pieces that were mounted on hollytex were not in the right places, so they were cut down to make it easier to get the spacing correct.|
|Pictured: Lindsay trimming away some of the hollytex.|
|Pictured: Lindsay prepping the pieces to be temporarily mounted face down by taping them into position.|
They were still attached to a hollytex at this point, so they were mounted face down. This allowed us to put everything together in such a way that we would be able to then remove the hollytex from the back and then remount the poster onto masa and linen. Now, how we actually did this is a Poster Mountain secret. It does involve our isinglass technique, but all we'll show you is the beginning. You get to imagine the rest.
|Pictured: Lindsay wetting down the poster. This is why the tape was necessary, so that the pieces would stay together on the slippery surface of the table.|
|Pictured: The poster mounted face down. The tape was then removed.|
Now, I'm adding a "but" here because the early photos of the project were only for our records. Then the project was put on hold for several months. During that time Chelsea and I came on board and the blog was started. Black Pirate went through prep and had paper added to the areas that were missing, which was a lot. Antonia put in paper patches, but it was still lacking chunks of the image. Katie began to sketch in the areas that were missing using water colors. This is where the "but" comes into play. At the time that we began to work on Black Pirate again, we weren't doing a blog. So we are don't have photos of the prep work and the beginning of restoration. But this project is cool enough that we decided to use it anyway. Take my word for it that watching Katie fill in the missing sections was amazing. I would look up every couple of minutes and there was something new. So, we are leaving you with one final image. This was taken after Katie had filled in the background and Aaron had airbrushed the black.
|Pictured: A progress photo of Black Pirate.|
Its a pretty amazing transformation thus far, but its not finished yet! You'll have to check back over the next couple of weeks to see the conclusion of this project!
It should be noted that several crucial steps in our process have been omitted. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 818.882.1214. Also check out our websites: http://www.postermountain.com and http://www.lapapergroup.com/. Please feel free to leave comments or questions on the blog!