Getting photos ready for a small exhibit...need frame help

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PK62
PK62 Senior Member • Posts: 1,005
Getting photos ready for a small exhibit...need frame help

I'm trying to mat and frame a few photos for a small exhibition. I've never done anything like this before so I'm lost. I know from what I've seen that I need black frames with an off white matting. Thing is, I can't find any frames. I figure I should at least do an 8x10 photo with a 11x14 frame if I want to stay with stock mats and frames and I do, because I don't want to get into a huge expense. Can anyone help me and tell me of a good place to buy this kind of frame? I asked at a local Michaels and he didn't even know what an exhibition frame was and from what I read that is what I need.

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Dareshooter Veteran Member • Posts: 3,212
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Might help if you say in what part of the world you live

dave
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If you look at her profile you'd see she is in the US.

I use these frames in satin black in sizesvfrom A4 to A1 They use unbreakable plexiglass and are very light so easy to hang.

Your local framers should be able to cut mats or do a search on EBay.

Dave

http://www.nielsenbainbridge.com/eng/products/picture-frames/aluminium-frames/aluminium-frames/classic/classic.html

PK62
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dave wrote:

If you look at her profile you'd see she is in the US.

I use these frames in satin black in sizesvfrom A4 to A1 They use unbreakable plexiglass and are very light so easy to hang.

Your local framers should be able to cut mats or do a search on EBay.

Dave

http://www.nielsenbainbridge.com/eng/products/picture-frames/aluminium-frames/aluminium-frames/classic/classic.html

Thanks, sorry I didn't say where I lived ( NY state),  but figured it would have to be online anyway, since I live in a very rural area.  I do have a store about 50 miles away that sells mats.  I'll check these frames, thanks again.

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IKEA sold fairly cheap exhibition-style frames - the RIBBA series; but that may not be any use to you...

J.

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PK62
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Joe Pineapples wrote:

IKEA sold fairly cheap exhibition-style frames - the RIBBA series; but that may not be any use to you...

J.

thanks, I'll check it out right now

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Richard Weisgrau Veteran Member • Posts: 3,530
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PK62,

An exhibit frame is not a specification. Rather it is a frame to exhibit an image in. The most popular types is the Aluminum frame, usually in silver or black. The idea is to frame all the photos in the same frame.

If the exhibit has a curator, then he or she can give a framing spec. If not, I think you are well off going with the options I offer below. They will be US sized and European, which is what Ikea frames are. Although Ikea frames are a bargain by most standards. You will just have to be carful because the mat openings are off fro US sizes.

Here are links to precut Al frames and mat boards. Same supplier website - just different pages.

I used this source some years back when I had to frame and 18 print show. There were no problems.

Mat Board          Frames

Check to see if the corner joiners and spring clips come with the frame. If not buy them from the same place. They are inexpensive.

Buy the glass locally.

But the foam core or other backing board locally and cut it yourself.

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PK62
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Richard Weisgrau wrote:

PK62,

An exhibit frame is not a specification. Rather it is a frame to exhibit an image in. The most popular types is the Aluminum frame, usually in silver or black. The idea is to frame all the photos in the same frame.

If the exhibit has a curator, then he or she can give a framing spec. If not, I think you are well off going with the options I offer below. They will be US sized and European, which is what Ikea frames are. Although Ikea frames are a bargain by most standards. You will just have to be carful because the mat openings are off fro US sizes.

Here are links to precut Al frames and mat boards. Same supplier website - just different pages.

I used this source some years back when I had to frame and 18 print show. There were no problems.

Mat Board Frames

Check to see if the corner joiners and spring clips come with the frame. If not buy them from the same place. They are inexpensive.

Buy the glass locally.

But the foam core or other backing board locally and cut it yourself.

Thanks

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davidedric Veteran Member • Posts: 4,724
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PK62 wrote:

I'm trying to mat and frame a few photos for a small exhibition. I've never done anything like this before so I'm lost. I know from what I've seen that I need black frames with an off white matting. Thing is, I can't find any frames. I figure I should at least do an 8x10 photo with a 11x14 frame if I want to stay with stock mats and frames and I do, because I don't want to get into a huge expense. Can anyone help me and tell me of a good place to buy this kind of frame? I asked at a local Michaels and he didn't even know what an exhibition frame was and from what I read that is what I need.

This won't help in the short term since I guess the exhibition is quite soon,  but if you are planning to be doing this sort of thing regularly then cutting your own matts is not that hard.   You then have complete freedom of colour and size, and can mount in any frame that takes your fancy.  In the UK "charity shops" often have nice frames (sometimes with horrible art work inside!) that can really lift your work.

It's a huge help to have the right kit,  so there is some upfront cost,  but if you get one of the Logan, for example, board systems and a couple of rolls of tape then you'll be away.

Dave

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PK62
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Dave Stott wrote:

PK62 wrote:

I'm trying to mat and frame a few photos for a small exhibition. I've never done anything like this before so I'm lost. I know from what I've seen that I need black frames with an off white matting. Thing is, I can't find any frames. I figure I should at least do an 8x10 photo with a 11x14 frame if I want to stay with stock mats and frames and I do, because I don't want to get into a huge expense. Can anyone help me and tell me of a good place to buy this kind of frame? I asked at a local Michaels and he didn't even know what an exhibition frame was and from what I read that is what I need.

This won't help in the short term since I guess the exhibition is quite soon, but if you are planning to be doing this sort of thing regularly then cutting your own matts is not that hard. You then have complete freedom of colour and size, and can mount in any frame that takes your fancy. In the UK "charity shops" often have nice frames (sometimes with horrible art work inside!) that can really lift your work.

It's a huge help to have the right kit, so there is some upfront cost, but if you get one of the Logan, for example, board systems and a couple of rolls of tape then you'll be away.

Dave

I have the equipment for matting, but haven't done it in years.  I was never very good at it and found that just buying pre-cut mats worked better for me.  You're correct though, it does make more sense, but I'm lazy I think      

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MarshallG
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Richard,
How do you adhere the photograph to the foam core, without resorting to a big huge heat press?
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davidedric2 Junior Member • Posts: 32
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MarshallG wrote:

Richard,
How do you adhere the photograph to the foam core, without resorting to a big huge heat press?
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Richard,
How do you adhere the photograph to the foam core, without resorting to a big huge heat press?

There is certainly self-adhesive foam board available, though I have never used it.   It comes with a backing sheet.

Dave

Doug Gabler Contributing Member • Posts: 636
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I get some from Michaels Crafts. You said you may get them on-line so hear is a link.

http://www.michaels.com/

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Doug Gabler wrote:

I get some from Michaels Crafts. You said you may get them on-line so hear is a link.

http://www.michaels.com/

Thank you, this might be just what I'm looking for, except I don't think it lets me order online.  Am I missing something?

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If you have one nearby, I'd try Hobby Lobby. They have a large selection of suitable frames at very reasonable prices, plus they can custom cut mats/glass on the spot. I've framed two solo shows using their offerings, plus a fair number of group exhibit enteries and I've always ended up with professional presentations. Here's an example:  http://www.emasterphoto.com/2013/05/09/opening-「光-hikari」solo-show-may-7-31-2013/

Bob657 Senior Member • Posts: 3,238
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Another online source is MisterArt.com.  The sell the neilsenbainbridge with premade mats at good prices

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Larry Berman
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Try frame destination. They can sell you frames and mats and give you assembly instructions.

http://framedestination.com

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These sites are great too.  This is what I was looking for.  Thanks

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Dareshooter Veteran Member • Posts: 3,212
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PK62 wrote:

These sites are great too. This is what I was looking for. Thanks

Glad you've found what you were looking for and good luck with the exhibit .

Regards, DS

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Dave Stott wrote:

PK62 wrote:

I'm trying to mat and frame a few photos for a small exhibition. I've never done anything like this before so I'm lost. I know from what I've seen that I need black frames with an off white matting. Thing is, I can't find any frames. I figure I should at least do an 8x10 photo with a 11x14 frame if I want to stay with stock mats and frames and I do, because I don't want to get into a huge expense. Can anyone help me and tell me of a good place to buy this kind of frame? I asked at a local Michaels and he didn't even know what an exhibition frame was and from what I read that is what I need.

This won't help in the short term since I guess the exhibition is quite soon, but if you are planning to be doing this sort of thing regularly then cutting your own matts is not that hard. You then have complete freedom of colour and size, and can mount in any frame that takes your fancy. In the UK "charity shops" often have nice frames (sometimes with horrible art work inside!) that can really lift your work.

It's a huge help to have the right kit, so there is some upfront cost, but if you get one of the Logan, for example, board systems and a couple of rolls of tape then you'll be away.

Dave

I use the Logan system.  Inexpensive and saves money over the long run.

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