Float Frames For Stretched Canvas

FLOAT FRAMES

A Versatile Frame Moulding For Stretched Canvas

Have you seen these frames and wondered what they are used for? They are called Float Frames. Instead of the frame sitting on top of your art, a float frame rests under your art. It is a frame designed to lay behind a painting or stretched art to make the art appear as if it were ‘floating’ within the frame.

Why would you use a float frame? Float Frames:

  • Allow the viewer to see the sides of a canvas
  • Give stability to a canvas and prevent warping
  • Can appear minimal or invisible
  • Are available in a variety of colors, sizes and materials

Sometimes you need to raise the art above the frame.

You can also add a frame within a frame for a dramatic, multi-dimensional effect.

Traditionally float frames are used to rest behind a stretched canvas. It gives a clean, contemporary look.

A float frame is more versatile than you would imagine.

Using a float frame can be a great way to add another frame to your moulding stack, leave a visual distance between your art & frame, extend the depth of the moulding for shadowboxes, or add character to your framing. We’d be happy to show you our float frame collection!

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOURS:

Monday-Friday: 9am – 5:30pm

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Closed: Dec 24 to Jan 3

We will be accepting new Christmas gift projects well into December, however IT IS BEST TO START YOUR FRAMING AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE to be sure everything gets done in time! It usually takes 2-3 weeks to have your custom framed project complete but we will also try to get the last minute RUSH jobs completed for you.

DELIVERY & INSTALLATION

We would love to deliver and install your new floated frame or Christmas project. Ask us for details.

Gallery Wrap Vs. Traditional Stretch

With traditionally stretched canvases, the fabric is wrapped around shallow stretcher bars (plain wood frame) and secured to the sides. The edges are unpainted and staples are visible. The canvas is usually intended to be framed before presentation. The shallow depth ensures the canvas can fit inside normal frames.

With a gallery wrap, the fabric is wrapped all the way around the edges and secured to the backside of the stretcher bars. Edges are painted and finished; no mounting methods or staples are visible.

When using a float frame, the depth of the stretcher bars is a matter of preference, based on the look you want. Ask us about your options. Either way, when using a float frame, it is best to have the edges painted (even if it is painted black) since a little edge will show.

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Framing Newspapers and other Documents!

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Framing Newspaper & Printed Articles

There was a time when the only way to receive news was through printed material such as a newspaper. Now newspapers and magazines have become collectibles. Why? Fewer and fewer newspapers are being printed in favor of online and digital sources. Despite our transition to digital media, there is something about seeing a headline in print that makes it feel permanent and important. Just like a photograph, when you see it, it jogs your memory back to a special time. So what do you do with a collectible? You frame it!

Looking for an Old Newspaper?

There are several websites that sell old newspapers. They are a great resource if you want a headline from a specific date like your birthday.

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Conservation Grade Materials

We want your newspaper articles, magazine covers, and other collectibles to survive for a lifetime with minimal change of color, damage from glues, or out-gassing from materials that are not acid-free. Our framers use the very best materials for your projects.

How do you properly frame newspaper articles so that they can last forever? Carefully! Framing a newspaper is challenging – the paper itself is meant to self-destruct. Because a newspaper is printed on a lightweight, non-acid free paper, it needs all the help it can get to preserve itself. We use only acid-free materials that surround the paper to ensure no further damage will be done.

There are numerous ways to mount a newspaper. If individual articles are cut to create a story, then dry mounting is recommended to prevent and remove wrinkling. Mounting is done on a dark backing such as foamboard to prevent ‘ghosting’ (the reverse side text showing through). Because newspaper ‘yellows’ quickly, a UV protecting glazing is used to keep the fading to a minimum.

Where Do You Begin?

Step 1:
Bring in the newspaper article

Step 2:
We’ll help you decide on a design…

Step 3:
Pick up your completed framed project!

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Sometimes wrinkles are part of the charm, like in this old article about Mark Twain.

Your grandparents’ wedding announcement gets new life in a custom frame.

Capture a moment in time by framing your favorite magazine cover.

Vintage sheet music makes a great addition to your music room decor.

If there are any additional headlines or pages that didn’t make the cut, we can secure them in between the backing board & backing paper, or in an envelope on the back.

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