Floating a Print

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Postby Nicodemus317 on Thu May 26, 2016 1:09 pm

So, I've done a ton of framing through FrameDestination, including an oversized Geddes, but I've never floated a print before.

I recently picked up 'Power & Glory' Letterpress and I was thinking of trying my hand at floating it. Would this guide, and the accompanying video above, be a good starting point for a first time floater?

Are there other methods for floating not covered here? Thanks again for such a phenomenal resource Chris!
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Postby CHR1S on Thu May 26, 2016 1:23 pm

Nicodemus317 wrote:So, I've done a ton of framing through FrameDestination, including an oversized Geddes, but I've never floated a print before.

I recently picked up 'Power & Glory' Letterpress and I was thinking of trying my hand at floating it. Would this guide, and the accompanying video above, be a good starting point for a first time floater?

Are there other methods for floating not covered here? Thanks again for such a phenomenal resource Chris!


Yes there are other methods. The method I demonstrated in this thread is my preferred method and is probably overkill for most prints. Especially for a print the size of 'Power & Glory.' Although I've floated a couple OBEY letterpress prints and used this same method. With smaller prints some might just adhere the mulberry directly to the backing board without cutting and using the slits. I like the precision of the slits. And a letterpress with it's nice deckled edges is the ideal type of print to float.
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Postby Codeblue on Fri May 27, 2016 1:14 am

Feel free to post more tutorials whenever the mood strikes!
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Postby jjttdw on Fri May 27, 2016 12:06 pm

Great stuff. I've framed 10 or so things myself but nothing floated. Gonna have to give it a try.
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Postby PaintByNumbers on Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:37 pm

Has anyone tried floating a print between two sheets of glass/acrylic? Curious what materials would best/safely adhere to the glass/acrylic backing. Thanks!
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Postby peacedog on Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:46 pm

PaintByNumbers wrote:Has anyone tried floating a print between two sheets of glass/acrylic? Curious what materials would best/safely adhere to the glass/acrylic backing. Thanks!


That's called a trap float. You can still use a variety of hinging techniques but you typically have to use something with self adhesive to attach to the glass/plexi backing. Trying to keep everything perfectly clean and free of fingerprints while you're working is the real challenge.
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Postby TOTM on Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:05 pm

No fudge!

Just finished framing a last minute exhibition jobbie for a local artist & really cannot believe she talked me into doing this… Never again!

Cherish Marrington 1.jpg


Cherish Marrington 2.jpg
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Postby TOTM on Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:06 pm

Cherish Marrington 3.jpg

Cherish Marrington 4.jpg


Original pen & ink artwork on paper, hinged onto rag mat mounting board & double sided tape onto glass backing with acrylic spacer inbetween two sheets of glass… Heavy as drymount!

Stressed this was only a short term solution, good for the show but just heard both sold, good for her & now flustered, worrying about the long term for the pieces… Buuut if I was to do again, most definitely would be thinking it rather between two pieces of acrylii for obvious reasons & would also be very interested in hearing any other trusted methods/techniques of attaching to either backing, for a longer term display solution.

Danke…
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Postby TOTM on Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:09 pm

And yes... I very much need to re-cover me benches with some new calico!
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