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#1 wparsonsgisnet


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:00

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I am preparing for a photo show in March/April and would like some suggestions for framing.  I'll have prints from 8x8 up to 17x25.  I plan to matte them (have a cutter), and would like some suggestions for framing.  I'm expecting the glass to be the item that bankrupts me.


Lemme know, guys.


Thanks,  Bill

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:05

Good luck Bill, sure it'll be a success.

May i suggest NOT using "non-reflective"glass...it flattens any picture.

A lot of work, but big rewards.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:09

Are there any museums or gallery's nearby who can rent you the frames? 

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:32

Here in the UK you can buy a "standard" size frame very cheaply indeed, but which looks OK, from several major chain stores (either household furnishings or DIY). I used to belong to an exhibition group of amateur photographers that displayed in places such as regional libraries. Surprisingly perhaps, displayed together, they don't look at all cheap and nasty. We too cut our own mattes, so we could tailor whatever size of cropped print we had to the standard 40mm x 50mm frame. The only snag we found was that being a cheap frame, with repeated re-use, the "tangs" (or whatever the word is) that you bend in and out to hold the back in place, eventually broke or came loose. This was remedied by one of the group buying a gun from a frame supplier which would insert fresh ones.

Best wishes.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:52

While not being helpful to the OP a useful company in the UK is https://www.fredaldous.co.uk/. It’s the sort of place which always has something you find useful and at sensible prices for art and craft needs.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:39

Bill -


It's good to see you posting again, and I trust you are well.


Most museums, such as I've seen at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts usually frame photos simply, matted and in fairly narrow black frames.


It has been quite some time since I've framed any photos but i do recall black metal frame pieces which a photographer would buy four pieces to assemble in the size needed.  Go to this link to see this concept:  http://www.frameusa....-picture-frames


Best of luck with the photo show, and please show us some of your framed prints, as well as report on how the show went.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 15:27

My frustration with available pre-made frames eventually led me to make them myself.  No need to use standard sizes or someone else's idea of a proper cross-section, milled from salvaged hardwoods like oak (usually salvaged cabinetry) and walnut (http://thewalnutplace.com) and yes it's the glass that will bankrupt you.

Edited by wildlightphoto, 13 January 2018 - 15:28.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 16:40

I typically stock Nielsen metal frame sides from Dick Blick. They come in different lengths that I can mix and assemble to create sizes to match my mat and glass sizes.

I buy Tru Vue glass, both Conservation Clear and Museum, in boxes of lites (pieces of glass) from a local glass company. This allows me to purchase at a small fraction of the retail cost.

I custom cut window mats from pre-cut sizes to suit individual prints and assemble with the above.


Edited by Jeff S, 13 January 2018 - 16:41.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 22:00

I use plain white or cream mattes in a Nielsen black aluminium narrow frame: Pearl or Accent are the two styles I usually use.

I choose acrylic 'glass' where available for weight reasons, not glass 'glass'. If I'm not expecting sticky fingers in close proximity, and it's a short term exhibition, then I omit the 'glass' so that the print can be seen better: no reflections, no glossy finish to a matt or textured paper.

Edited by LocalHero1953, 13 January 2018 - 22:01.

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 00:15

Thank you Jeff and LocalHero.
Just done a search and www.eframe.co.uk sell Nielsen frames and do a bespoke size service. Well worth a try.

Edited by BrianP, 14 January 2018 - 00:20.

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 00:53

I stock Nielsen Style 93 frames in Matte Black and in German Silver, in inch lengths of 14,18, 22, 24 and 28. These accommodate my most used mat and glass sizes. With the frames, I order 2 Omni hangars per frame ( to use with my wire kit) and specify the old hardware kits that include 2 metal corner pieces.... one with screws...for each corner (these make assembly easier than the newer style) to hold the frame pieces together.

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 02:00

I'm expecting the glass to be the item that bankrupts me.


A very successful show of photographs at a local museum used no glass at all over the prints, and it also had apparently simple lighting by a master. I suggest first you investigate, if you have not already, the lighting conditions.


Very best of luck

Edited by pico, 14 January 2018 - 02:04.


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 02:48

I buy 14x18 Conservation Clear glass for roughly $2.50 apiece, and Museum glass for under $15. The latter is for shows or where lighting conditions require, and is not far from no glass at all.

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