This frame is made with a Limed wood moulding, using a method called “Box framing” similar to how we do when framing a jersey
. This is where the painting or object is set back from the glass floating in the center of the frame. The painting is “float mounted” as opposed to having a mount surrounding it. This way the whole image or object is seen, the edges are not hidden. Some artists like to show their whole piece of work particularly with watercolours that have deckled edges (not square cut paper). It is partly fashion and very modern but this type of framing really sets off the object or image. This piece is dry mounted onto board and then set off from the backboard to give the appearance of more depth. Any frame with a rebate can be used on the outside. The deeper the rebate the neater the frame looks from the side.
This type of frame is used to frame thicker objects e.g. football jerseys, boxing gloves, dressing gowns, medical instruments etc. We are presently framing an Olympic torch in a deeper box. I will photograph when finished.
This is a very popular framing method for obvious reasons but slightly too expensive for most artists in these economic times.
The image here is 7“x5” but the inner frame size is 12“x10”. This painting is actually a greeting card that was re-produced from an original oil painting by Maeve Taylor.
This frame costs €40.00 per linear metre, all included. Meaning this frame cost €52 including the mount board.
How big can it be made? The size is determined by the strength of the outer frame to carry the expanse of glass. Remember picture glass is only 2mm thick and most framers will not go bigger than 1metre square. Of course if no glass is used then size is dictated by the length of the moulding. Most mouldings come in 3metre lengths, allow for mitreing, so size max would be approx. 2.7 metres square.
This one doesn’t have glass but of course it can have glass if you would prefer. An inner slip keeps the glass to the front and off the image and it also prevents dust.