About our Icon Panel Styles
The Traditional Panel Icon
Our signature product, the traditional panel mounted icons, are made with the utmost care. We begin with carefully selected 4/4 solid poplar. Then we route dovetailed keyways through the reverse and insert the red oak splines. This process is to keep the panel from warping over time, the same process as used in hand painted icons throughout antiquity. We also route coves and chamfers on the splines themselves to create a decorative appeal, in the same fashion that is commonly used in Russia today.
We print our images on the lowest tooth market available canvas with natural pigment based inks. The prints are then sealed with the highest quality giclee canvas varnish, complete with UV inhibiting properties (will not fade). For our varnish we use a special mixture which brings out more color than a flat matte, yet still eliminates the glare commonly associated with gloss varnishes.
All our icons are sealed on face, backs, and sides. We sand out every icon glass smooth to ensure that our customers not only see, but feel the quality of our product.
There are over 25 individual processes which go into every traditional panel icon, each preformed by hand.
The Classic Panel Icon
Due to popular demand we have reintroduced the “classic panel” icons. This time, however, we have set aside all inferior materials and have approached the design keeping in mind historical precedence. The panel itself is solid poplar and the splines (red oak) are inserted in the top and bottom (as opposed to the back) as was popular in 19th century Russian panel construction. The overall thickness of these icons are kept to 3/4”, the sides are painted red and the back is sealed. Aside from the panel itself, all elements are the same as used in our well know signature product, the traditional panel icon.
Our mounted icons are built to last and to be handed down from generation to generation. Every process has been approached with the aim to guarantee our icons in the excess of 100 years. We build heirloom quality reproduction icons.
We would like to thank every customer sincerely for your consideration to buy Orthodox mounted icons from our online store. We stand behind our icons 100% and offer a “no questions asked” return policy for any defect in our workmanship. Our aim is simple – to provide quality mounted icons that, by God’s great mercy, may be an aid and a blessing to the faithful in the spiritual life.