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Box Fram­ing

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.

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