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    Re: Cheapest Sectional Frames and Acrylic for Temporary Display

    A gallery get's a lot of 'touchers'. Some galleries supply frames...

    I'd use plain window glass for glazing. Easiest to clean. Cheap if you cut it yourself.

    I don't prefer glass, but it's cheap.

    In my smoke-free home, I hang some of my work with no glazing. Looks best that way for me. The 20-year-old FB prints look as new.

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    Re: Cheapest Sectional Frames and Acrylic for Temporary Display

    I would love to display work "naked," especially as I love the look of matte and semi-matte papers. This surface gets lost behind glass/acrylic.

    I was researching acrylic in this instance because I had a large piece that I was worried would be too heavy with glass. Glass is cheaper in smaller pre-cut sizes and moving forward I am going to buy small standard sizes at Home Depot. They are cheaper than Hobby Lobby. Acrylic is more expensive at those same sizes but larger sheets are IMO necessary for the weight. I learned how to score/break them this week and it's not terribly hard. I will keep looking for the cheapest source for large sheets shipped to my home. Home Depot had a limited selection. Luckily they had one 36x48 piece that had a corner broken off that they sold me really cheaply. I needed a 30x25 piece so the 24x48 size didn't cut it, but that size was good for two 20x24 pieces.

    Side-note: 20x24 used to be a standard frame size and I use it a lot, framing ~16x20 prints from 4x5. Apparently not so anymore. Hobby Lobby had exactly one 20x24 frame and Home Depot did not sell precut glass/acrylic at that size. Everything is now 18x24. My guess is due to the preponderance of DSLR cameras and their 3:2 aspect ratio. I do in fact use 18x24 when enlarging 6x9 images up to ~13x19.
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    Re: Cheapest Sectional Frames and Acrylic for Temporary Display

    Just out of curiosity, what kind of project is this that you would choose to use the cheapest possible solution to framing?

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    Re: Cheapest Sectional Frames and Acrylic for Temporary Display

    I explained that in the first post. I am using "good enough" framing supplies and then the buyer can re-frame with their choice of materials to match their decor, if they want.

    Realistically I see no difference in the cheapest sectional frames I have used and the "real" Nielsen ones, except a small difference in weight and maybe a slight difference in rigidity when it doesn't have anything in it - irrelevant once it's on the wall with work installed.

    I have used Hobby Lobby sectionals and cheap window glass for pieces that were displayed in national exhibitions and no one has complained. If I were to use top-quality frames and Museum glass for everything I have displayed I would be homeless begging on the street. And it doesn't change the quality of the work IMO.
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    Re: Cheapest Sectional Frames and Acrylic for Temporary Display

    Thank you, this is a little bit different than your original post, it explains purpose and intent in more detail.
    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    I explained that in the first post. I am using "good enough" framing supplies and then the buyer can re-frame with their choice of materials to match their decor, if they want.

    Realistically I see no difference in the cheapest sectional frames I have used and the "real" Nielsen ones, except a small difference in weight and maybe a slight difference in rigidity when it doesn't have anything in it - irrelevant once it's on the wall with work installed.

    I have used Hobby Lobby sectionals and cheap window glass for pieces that were displayed in national exhibitions and no one has complained. If I were to use top-quality frames and Museum glass for everything I have displayed I would be homeless begging on the street. And it doesn't change the quality of the work IMO.

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