Frameless Mounting?

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  1. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Say I have a few 8x12's I want mounted (yes 8x12's not 8x10's). I don't want to frame them, but I do want to add matting to them.

    Forget that...I don't know what I want. Simply, it stinks to have to buy a frame for each picture I have, and frames seem to take away from the pic. So, I'd like to figure out some frameless way to mount an image...even if it's using some type of matting. Really, I'm after a way to hang photos in our living room without much glare (from the glass) and without spending money on frames.

    Any ideas on how to mount images with matting framelessly?

    Or, is this stupid?
     
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    Some labs can have your images laminated to a piece of foam core board, or even a solid wood backing.

    You could have them printed on canvas and even have them made into a gallery wrap.

    You could use high quality, low reflection glass for your framed photos.

    There are lots of options.
     
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    you could use "swiss clips". they will hold the backboard, window and glass together without the typical frame.
     
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    If you are really looking for low-cost solutions, I saw something in a home decorating mag that might work. I just don't remember all of the details. I remember they took 1x1s and nailed them to make a "frame". Don't worry about doing any fancy miter corners; just make sure the corners are square. Then stretch material over the "frame" and staple it tight on the back. They used a light neutral linen fabric that looked really nice. Then just use double-stick tape (make sure it is archival-safe!) and mount your pics on the "frames". No glare. Hopefully you are able to flesh out these very skimpy directions into something that makes sense. It isn't a long-term solution, but might tide you over until you are ready/able to invest in frames. If you get enough material so that all of them match, you can hang them in a symmetrical pattern (4 across, 4 down) and it looks pretty neat. 8 x 10 is not really large enough to be considered wall art, and neither is 8 x 12. But a grouping of them could make the impact you are looking for. Hope this helps, because I don't think I have ever seen an 8x12 frame!
     
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    Thats some good advice, thanks.

    Maybe custom-making something will be my best bet. As for 8x12 frames, there is a custom framing outlet place (I believe the biggest on ebay) about 8 mils from where I live. Their prices are cheaper than walmart, and the quality is better. That's where i'd get the frames for 8x12's. 8x12 is just so much better, because it is the same as the picture taken with my 40D...it comes out exactly like I wanted it.

    I'll try to whip something up with my tools...it won't really hurt, and it will be fun to see what comes about.
     
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    Check out mpix.com . They have a few different options that you may like.

    Greg
     
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    I got some little hanger things from Hobby Lobby to mount a matted picture (without frame) on my daughter's wall. She destroys everything so I didn't want to frame it. I just matted it and stuck one of those things on the back and hung it. They're like plastic versions of the metal things you put on the back of a frame to hang it, and they're self-adhesive.
     
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    haha.. hey that's exactly what i'm looking for, I'll stop by there and see what happens.

    Oh, and your daughter... the way you described her I can picture her on the cover of a crazy anime magazine titled: "Lucy, the Destroyer of Frames!" You'll have to tell her boyfriend the same thing (destroys everything) when your daughter starts dating.

    but thanks for the advice!
     
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    thanks, daddy!
     

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