Frames by Us That Will Blow Your MIND

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company to spotlight new frames inspired by historical designs, gilded and hand-decorated by our shop’s craftsmen.

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company is one of a few picture framing studios in the Midwest that offers handmade, hand-gilded, and hand-decorated frames made from locally milled wood. During the month of September, our gallery will feature new frames made from original and historical designs as well as a restored antique frame from our collection.

Examples on view will demonstrate many traditional techniques used for decorating picture frames.  These include gilding with 24K gold leaf and 12K white gold leaf, carving, sgraffito, granito, and compo ornaments.  Also included will be more modern designs which are less decorative with the focus on form and surface such as wood grain, metal leaf, or other laminate.  “Gordy Framing has a long history of reproducing historical designs, creating original designs, and offering museum quality work restoring antique frames,” said owner Carl Schafer.  “We are carrying on the tradition and adding to the portfolio established by Brian Gordy, the company’s founder.”  On view will be frames inspired by Dutch and Italian renaissance styles, 19th century French and American styles, the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, and contemporary American styles.

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm. Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre.  For more information, visit or call 765-284-8422.


Aug 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer


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American Impressionist Frame Reproduction

Antique Frame Reproduction

Our shop recently completed an antique frame reproduction project for one of our museum clients. The original frame is an American profile simplified from the American Impressionist style with hand carved arrow fletching motif in the corners. The panel (flat area in the middle of the frame rails) is chip- carved giving it an undulating texture with periodic crescent shapes. Because the new frame is small (for a painting 8” x 10”) the client asked us to make without the crescents.

Am. Impressionist Original

We began by purchasing raw wood moulding with an American Impressionist profile and then we carved off some decorative elements to match the original frame. Once the frame was built, we made the chip-carve using a spoon shaped chisel. We drew the corner decorations by hand and rubbed the drawing onto the frame. This gave us a guide for the actual carving which was completed with chisels of various shapes as well as razor knives.




After applying several layers of gesso and red bole to smooth the surface, we gilded the frame with 22K gold which resulted in a very bright finish that needed to be toned and antiqued to match the original frame. This step was perhaps the most satisfying because the frame took on the illusion of age that is appropriate to the painting it was built for.


A final coat of wax deepens and saturates all the layers that have been applied. The two frames can now be exhibited side-by- side without a hint that one is brand new.


Sep 2016
AUTHOR braydee

Framing, News

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Frame Restoration: Junk Shop Find 1760s Louis XVI Frame

A few process photos from one of our most recent restoration projects, a “junk shop” find 1760s Louis XVI frame.

1760s Louis XVI frame 1

A great example of a hand-carved Louis XVI frame. Probably 1760s.

1760s Louis XVI frame 2

After stripping the paint, Brian chipped away thick gesso and multiple layers of previous restoration attempts to find this gorgeous hand-carved lamb’s-tongue ornament.

1760s Louis XVI frame 3

This is the resurrected frame with 8 coats of yellow burnishing clay (bole) applied. We coat the outer rail, lamb’s-tongue and beads with red bole before gilding.

1760s Louis XVI frame 4

Mid-way through the gilding process.

1760s Louis XVI frame 5

Gilded and burnished… ready to be distressed to replicate almost 250 years of use and abuse.

1760s Louis XVI frame 6

Gilded, distressed, antiqued… with the original carve back from the dead.

Jul 2013
AUTHOR braydee

Framing, News

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