It's Finished (but in the end - I cheated)
As you may (or may not) recall, I set a target cost of max $200 for this project. Going into the framing stage, I was at $178. I had some frame material and mat board from an old (failed) print framing indeavor --- if I'd had a more steady and surer hand, I could have completed the project under the $200 limit, it may not have looked so great, but it would have worked. The frame really didnt' fit well, and the mat board was a really wierd color (even to me and I'm major color-blind). I wasn't happy with the framing and I couldn't cut the mat straight and I did want it to look decent.
So, I cheated and solicited my friend Bryant Kelly of Prestige Gallery to help me out. I blew the budget, but I know I could have done it within the limits. I'm very happy with the result and have no regrets. At Bryant's suggestion, we used a matte black frame and mat board - which really makes the image stand out. We used small "easel" feet directly attached to the frame which allows it to stand on it's own.
Here are the results ---- pretty cool - huh?
The back showing the system board side, and the Black on Black frame & Mat.
And, the finished project: