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DIY Intaglio Framing- Part 1: On Glass

So, you've gotten your order of beautifully crafted unframed Catholic intaglios and you're ready to display them in your home... now what?

If you want to try your hand at DIY framing, this post is for you. I want to start off by saying that I am not a professional framer. But I have years of experience using simple and easy to follow methods that I've developed through trial and error (that's the best way to learn in my opinion!) I've made all the mistakes so you don't have to, saving you time and money.

In this post, I'm going to share with you one of the methods I've used in the past for framing intaglios. It's the easiest, most inexpensive method but will still give you beautiful results!


Most frames that you'll find in the store are not deep enough to adequately fit an intaglio inside. Rather than going through the hassle of finding a frame that will work, this method mounts the intaglio right onto the glass, opening up unlimited frame options for you, as well as background color and design.

"What look will I achieve by using this framing method?"

This method will work great for small (8x10 or smaller) desk frames that would make beautiful accent pieces on a shelf, end table, desk, night stand, etc.

If you're looking for a more dramatic, high-end look, using larger frames in a gallery wall- STAY TUNED! I've got a part 2 to this post coming soon (and some big news to share !! )

Ok let's jump right in! Here's what you'll need:

  • Frame: I'm using these gorgeous 5x5 inch gold frames. They come in a pack of three and are less than $5 a frame!

  • Epoxy: This Gorilla 2 Part Epoxy is the best adhesive material I've found that results in a permanent attachment to the glass. Hot glue may do the trick for you, but I can't guarantee how well it will hold over time.

More options:

  • Scissors

  • Pen

(keep scrolling for a video tutorial)

STEP 1: Open up the frame and take out the paper insert it came with. Use this to trace the exact size you'll need onto your card stock. Cut out your card stock to the size of your frame. Insert your card stock into the frame and secure it closed.

STEP 2: Mix the epoxy. For a 2 part epoxy, you'll want to be sure that you squeeze out equal parts of both sides. Stir according to the directions on the packaging.

STEP 3: Apply a small amount of the mixed epoxy to the back of the intaglio. (a little goes a LONG way here! Be careful not to use too much.)

STEP 4: Attach the intaglio in the center of the glass. Make sure the easel back is facing the appropriate direction (you don't want to end up with an up-side-down intaglio!)

PRO TIP: Depending on how much epoxy you’ve applied and how level the surface you're working on is, the intaglio may want to slide to one side or the other. Be sure to check it every few minutes until it's completely dried ( approx. 10 minutes)

And that's it! A beautifully framed intaglio at a fraction of the price!

Let me know if you've tried this! I'd love to see photos of your finished products. Don't forget to tag me!!



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