Frameless Mounting?

keith204

No longer a newbie, moving up!
Joined
May 20, 2007
Messages
1,643
Reaction score
2
Location
Bolivar, MO
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
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?
 

Big Mike

I am Big, I am Mike
Staff member
Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2003
Messages
33,900
Reaction score
1,864
Location
Edmonton
Website
www.mikehodson.ca
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
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.
 

ann

No longer a newbie, moving up!
Joined
May 14, 2007
Messages
4,263
Reaction score
189
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
you could use "swiss clips". they will hold the backboard, window and glass together without the typical frame.
 

bellavita64

TPF Noob!
Joined
Oct 1, 2007
Messages
74
Reaction score
0
Location
Hamilton, OH
Website
www.bellavita-photo.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
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!
 
OP
keith204

keith204

No longer a newbie, moving up!
Joined
May 20, 2007
Messages
1,643
Reaction score
2
Location
Bolivar, MO
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
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!

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.
 

MACollum

TPF Noob!
Joined
Dec 13, 2006
Messages
405
Reaction score
1
Location
Oklahoma
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
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.
 
OP
keith204

keith204

No longer a newbie, moving up!
Joined
May 20, 2007
Messages
1,643
Reaction score
2
Location
Bolivar, MO
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
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.


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!
 

Bobby Ironsights

TPF Noob!
Joined
Dec 3, 2006
Messages
331
Reaction score
12
Location
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
Dry Mount Tissue? Wha? Sounds fun...can you explain?

So...you wanna be spoonfed? Alrighty, I'm feeling generous, and It's as good an excuse as any for a ten minute break from studying The Sociology of Law.

For over a century now, photographers have used a process called dry mounting. A "sandwich" of types is made with a piece of mat board backing, dry mount tissue, your photograph and an onionskin paper, or release paper.

The print is "ironed" to the backing and mounted. The onionskin prevents the face of the print being damaged by the iron. This is true to some extent but the face of the iron should be new and polished, or, in the modern era, most amateurs use a teflon faced iron.

**Professionals and dedicated amateurs with space generally invest in a dry mount press, a heated press which applies even pressure and precisely calibrated heat to the entire mat/tissue/board/paper combo with a heated rubber face**

To see what the finished product should look like, visit any art gallery, or even just stop by the local university and look on the wall nearest the photolab. Frames provide excellent protection, and are favoured in museums (with clear, water white, clean, UV-resistant glass) and homes (dirty float glass with the faint green tint) alike, but are not the traditional format for displaying a photographic print.

Dry mounting allows for greater clarity, eliminates the reflection of glass and allows for the full texture of fine photographic paper to show itself. It's also the traditional way to make a proper portfolio (using single weight matboard).

here's a link with basic details on the actual process.

http://www.getnet.com/~gstewart/photo_mounting_101.htm

p.s.
Who's your Daddy?....that's right....I'm your Daddy!:gun:
 
OP
keith204

keith204

No longer a newbie, moving up!
Joined
May 20, 2007
Messages
1,643
Reaction score
2
Location
Bolivar, MO
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
thanks, daddy!
 

otterbox

TPF Noob!
Joined
Apr 28, 2011
Messages
7
Reaction score
0
Location
Vancouver, BC
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
For an 8 x 12 it shouldn't be too expensive to upload it online and order it on canvas. Probably around $30-40? I agree, traditional frames are really ugly.
 

CCericola

Been spending a lot of time on here!
Joined
Jan 5, 2011
Messages
1,922
Reaction score
566
Location
Washington
Website
www.csjstudios.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
I did a quick google and found this:

Art Depot Online - The Alternative to Art Framing

You can also dry mount on matte board. But the average matte board at your local store is flimsy. I like the thicker matte board from places like Pearls or Utrecht. You can get thick, acid free mattes. Several pieces can be dry mounted together to get the thickness you want. The problem is dry mounting can be expensive. Take a look around for art centers that have dark rooms you can pay to use. They often have professional dry mounting equipment to use. Frame stores may also dry mount for you at a reduced cost if you supply the materials.
 

Most reactions

Top