Framing Help/Advice Thread

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Postby shredkeenan on Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:49 pm

blase wrote:This was probably asked before but I haven't been able to find an answer. I'm attempting to frame a large, expensive print for he first time and don't want t mess it up. Is hobby lobby glass and mat ok to use? I'm fairly confident I can put it together myself but not sure about ordering mat online as it's hard to tell the color/look. Is the mat HL sells of good quality for long term conservation or should I not trust them. I got a quote for museum glass of $130 for 40"x25" and could use their 40% off. I'm wondering if it's worth it to get the glass from them even if I take it to a framer for the mat and assembly ( already have the frame).


Hobby Lobby carries Tru Vue glazing products which are good quality - I buy all my glass from Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon. Their mats are fine as long as you pick an acid free one. No need to be hesitant about the products they sell - just be hesitant about letting them frame your stuff because not all of the people who work there are properly trained in how to handle and conserve valuable prints.
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Postby golobulus on Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:43 pm

shredkeenan wrote:
blase wrote:This was probably asked before but I haven't been able to find an answer. I'm attempting to frame a large, expensive print for he first time and don't want t mess it up. Is hobby lobby glass and mat ok to use? I'm fairly confident I can put it together myself but not sure about ordering mat online as it's hard to tell the color/look. Is the mat HL sells of good quality for long term conservation or should I not trust them. I got a quote for museum glass of $130 for 40"x25" and could use their 40% off. I'm wondering if it's worth it to get the glass from them even if I take it to a framer for the mat and assembly ( already have the frame).


Hobby Lobby carries Tru Vue glazing products which are good quality - I buy all my glass from Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon. Their mats are fine as long as you pick an acid free one. No need to be hesitant about the products they sell - just be hesitant about letting them frame your stuff because not all of the people who work there are properly trained in how to handle and conserve valuable prints.


blase, since you asked about mats, there are "acid free" mats which have acidic materials but have had "buffers" added to counteract the acidity and then there are "rag" mats which are made with 100% cotton rag and include no acidic materials. If you ask for a "rag" mat you should have high confidence it's the better product and a whole 30x40 sheet usually only costs around $12-16. The "acid free" variety are usually a little cheaper, $7-$10. I just stick with the cotton "rag" mats and figure you can't go wrong since the incremental cost is so low. I would use "acid free" conservation mats to frame a Wal Mart litho poster or something of no value.
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Postby gwelymernans on Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:23 pm

Any ideas on how to frame a print without any borders? As in the artwork extends to the edge of the print - there is no border around the artwork itself. The frame or mat would be block at least an 1/8 inch of art all around the print. Is it acceptable to float something like this?
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Postby iwokeinrelief on Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:33 pm

gwelymernans wrote:Any ideas on how to frame a print without any borders? As in the artwork extends to the edge of the print - there is no border around the artwork itself. The frame or mat would be block at least an 1/8 inch of art all around the print. Is it acceptable to float something like this?

Yeah, it basically requires it.
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Postby coffeeemug on Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:21 pm

gwelymernans wrote:Any ideas on how to frame a print without any borders? As in the artwork extends to the edge of the print - there is no border around the artwork itself. The frame or mat would be block at least an 1/8 inch of art all around the print. Is it acceptable to float something like this?


Shadow box framing! If you don't mind the edge of the print showing, it works great! I would highly recommend. This is an example of doing that Image
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Postby gwelymernans on Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:12 pm

Something like

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Postby eruv on Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:34 pm

trying to float two print like this in a glass trap- http://i.imgur.com/tF2yB31.jpg (red1984's frames).

would it be best to use v-hinges on the top and bottom of a matboard the same size as the print(36x24 prints)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rEiuYy_0Ik

any advice would be appreciated, local frame shop only offers drymounting D:

would also appreciate any input on going with black frames vs red (akira stout) / light blue (gits ansin)
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Postby efco on Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:22 pm

Just got my Paolo Rivera Guardians of the Galaxy variant in, and it's my first poster. I've been reading the thread and there are a lot of good options, but I'm not sure what the best route is? I just want it in a nice frame, and protected from the elements as much as possible. What would the best mounting option be?
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Postby time on Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:25 pm

gwelymernans wrote:Any ideas on how to frame a print without any borders? As in the artwork extends to the edge of the print - there is no border around the artwork itself. The frame or mat would be block at least an 1/8 inch of art all around the print. Is it acceptable to float something like this?


Not that it helps if the print has no border at all, but I thought most all frames have a lip that overhangs 1/4" on each side (not 1/8").

I'm trying to figure out framing a print that has maybe 1/8" border (if that) without covering up much of the print, especially since it is signed/numbered and a 1/4" overhang would cover up part of the bottom of the number and signature. In that case, without getting into more fancy things like floating, is it fine just to order a frame that is 1/8" wider (like 18 1/8" x 24 1/8") to offset that or is it likely the print will end up shifting once it is on the wall?
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Postby jamesgunter on Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:35 pm

suede or linen mat color / number for the best 'Poker Table' green? Thanks
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Postby jjttdw on Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:29 pm

I took apart something I received from a family member with an eye toward having it reframed. The sticker on the back of the frame said "Frame Masters." The backing used was cardboard. Nice touch. The crazy thing was that the cardboard backing was held in by 1" finishing nails driven into the side of the frame through the cardboard. Anyone ever seen that before?

Separately, it looks like they are float framing tree bark in the diagrams below:

gwelymernans wrote:Something like

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or

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Postby peacedog on Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:40 pm

jamesgunter wrote:suede or linen mat color / number for the best 'Poker Table' green? Thanks


I think it's Crescent 5500, green suede. I looked it up yesterday, seen a lot of numbers since then. I think that's right.

jjttdw wrote:I took apart something I received from a family member with an eye toward having it reframed. The sticker on the back of the frame said "Frame Masters." The backing used was cardboard. Nice touch. The crazy thing was that the cardboard backing was held in by 1" finishing nails driven into the side of the frame through the cardboard. Anyone ever seen that before?


Quite common in older stuff we're reframing. An alternative to the point drivers most framers use now is a pair of specialty pliers that sets a nail instead. More hobbyists use them. But hard to argue with a sticker.
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