Handmade Victorian Folding Photo Frame | The Witch at OneandSeventy

This Victorian Folding Photo Frame was inspired by Gothic TV show, The Frankenstein Chronicles. At least I *think* it was, it might easily have been any number of period dramas.

Because I may have a little fixation with Victoriana.

Victorian Folding Photo Frame

The likes of Dickensian, Chronicles and, of course, Daisy Goodwin’s Victoria feature heavily on my viewing list. Meanwhile films such as Oliver! and A Christmas Carol (the 1951 version with Alastair Sim, natch) are annual events. So it’s no wonder so many of my magical makes are inspired by that period.

Don’t get me wrong, the filth and squalor of Victorian London must have been horrific but if I close my eyes to the poverty outside, I can just see myself swanning through a Victorian mansion in a sweeping dress.

Bustle and all!

Halloween Open House

Handmade Victorian Folding Photo Frame | The Witch at OneandSeventy

Back in the spring, I started planning a whole Vampire theme for the 2019 Halloween Dining Room and I thought this project would be perfect. That was before I decided to uproot Beloved (again!) and move us across county borders.

Ooops!

With no time to decorate (we’re still mid-move), Halloween 2019 will consist of reliving our Open Houses from previous years. If you haven’t already seen those, you’ll find them here: 

Halloween 2018

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2015

The Halloween decorating may be on hold for 2019, but that hasn’t stopped me from a little curious crafting. And now that we’re moving into a Victorian cottage, complete with Virginia Creeper, all the period decor ideas rattling around my head are going to look right at home in the new gaff.

Victorian Folding Photo Frame

Handmade Victorian Folding Photo Frame | The Witch at OneandSeventy

My Victorian Folding Photo Frame is entirely handmade using a range of techniques.

The silver frames are cut and embossed with my trusty Cricut, using a pattern I designed in Photoshop and self-adhesive metal-effect sheets from The Range. You may remember them from the Fortune Teller Booth.

The covers were decorated using texture paste and a stencil, and the embellishments are made with air-dry clay

Handmade Victorian Folding Photo Frame | The Witch at OneandSeventy

The floral cabochon is the only part I didn’t make. It’s actually one of two that I removed from frames used to make the Gothic cameos.

Isn’t it lush?

As much I love making this sort of thing, working out how to make something I’ve seen on screen can be a real challenge for me. If you’ve been around these parts a while, you’ll already know I find measuring a bit of an issue. I can never seem to get it quite right!

I’m still having problems working with hinges, just as I did with the Taxidermy Box although luckily, nothing that couldn’t be fixed with a little tweaking!

The other minor irritation was the size of the frames. I’d designed each one to accommodate a fixed picture but half-way through, I decided I wanted to be able to swap out the pictures which, of course, I hadn’t allowed for.

FFS!

Top Tip – Make sure you think through your entire project BEFORE you get started!!

Handmade Victorian Folding Photo Frame | The Witch at OneandSeventy

As this particular project was originally designed with Halloween in mind, I decided to stick with the creepy images I’d downloaded from The Graphics Fairy and glued them under the silver frames.

Between you and me, I love these girls and think they deserve to be on display all year.

Because… why wouldn’t you?

I’ve already had an order for a Victorian Folding Photo Frame, so I’d best be sure to master those hinges and apertures before I make any more.

What do you think of this project? Is it something you would try? Drop a comment below to let me know or, as always, drop by Instagram or Facebook for a chat.

A hui hou,

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Handmade Victorian Folding Photo Frame | The Witch at OneandSeventy

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