MGarito | Design | Frame
Frame 01 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Frame 02 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Frame 03 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Frame 04 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Frame 01 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com

Paddles side by side to illustrate their contrast

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April 2009

After receiving my diploma from the University of Florida in June of 2008, I was interested in purchasing a frame to display it. After a few days of searching the internet, I was less then pleased with the frames I found online, as a result I decided to create my own.

The frame that houses my undergraduate diploma was milled out of 1" thick clear acrylic using the CNC machines available to me at SciArc. The frame is the result of a series of three faceted lines changing in their proximity to each other, contained within an inner and outer rectangle. The finish pass of the mill was set to such a small step over size that the mill bit left an incredibly smooth surface on the acrylic. Due to the highly translucent qualities of clear acrylic, light reflects and refracts off the many facets of the piece. So much so, that under certain conditions, the piece resembles a carved ice sculpture. Because of its translucent nature capturing this effect though has proved to be quite a challenge.

The diploma is 16" by 12", and the frame is 26" by 22". The diploma physically rest 3/4" below the original surface of the piece and is held in place by a 1/8" thick plate of clear acrylic which is anchored by four 1/2" clear acrylic rods. Finally, the frame is able to rest flush on the wall because the mounting points were recessed into the frame directly behind the diploma.

Frame 01 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Frame 02 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Frame 03 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Frame 04 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com