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    Ikea Clip Frames

    Ikea sells a clip frame - glass front, board back, with clips to hold it together and hang it - in 20x28 for $7.99. I like the look of clip frames and I am curious if anyone has experience with these or clip frames in general. Do the large ones like this hang well or do they flex? Do they break if you look at them sideways?

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    Re: Ikea Clip Frames

    clip frames....well i like the look too. but, from the ones ive used, the flex, esp that big. but not so much that they look goofy hanging on the wall. and they break real easy too. its not tempered glass for 8 bucks, its real thin picture glass, the edges are exposed, and the clips holding it together are creating pressure points on the glass. so yeah, if you look at it sideways they break. i sandwich my photos between thick mat - so i am at the limit with the clips when i use them. so maybe if you used reg thickness mat the pressure would be reduced, but then you would have even more flex, the thinness and the exposed glass edge are still there.

    i do like the way they look though. i wonder if someone makes a higher end clip frame. would probably be easy enough to make too....thin ply back, tempered glass, and some clips with rubber buffers or something.

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    Re: Ikea Clip Frames

    They hang well, I've been using the Ikea variety for over 20 years and haven't had a problem. For photos I've always used a window mount.

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    Re: Ikea Clip Frames

    I have seen those frames, so to speak, also in an exhibit at Freestyle in Los Angeles.
    I believe that this kind of display has to be fit for a specific kind of work: not all styles of photography works well with it, or viceversa.

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    Re: Ikea Clip Frames

    I would be reluctant to going larger than 12x16 as the clips are not very strong.

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    Re: Ikea Clip Frames

    I've had good luck the the 11x14" size, but like stated above, I wouldn't trust ones bigger than that to hold.

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    Re: Ikea Clip Frames

    Like Ian said.
    The big ones have more clips.
    The glass breaks if you drop it. (duh)
    Regards
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    Re: Ikea Clip Frames

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Richards View Post
    Ikea sells a clip frame - glass front, board back, with clips to hold it together and hang it - in 20x28 for $7.99. I like the look of clip frames and I am curious if anyone has experience with these or clip frames in general. Do the large ones like this hang well or do they flex? Do they break if you look at them sideways?
    For my students show at SAIC, we encourage their use for cost and uniformities sake. We encourage them to print on a larger sheet of paper using a generous border rather than mats to keep it simple and cost effective. The only problem seems to be some pressure areas, somewhat like newton's rings, that show up near the clips on some papers like premium glossy. We have exhibited many very well received student shows this way. Personally, for my work, they don't look "finished" enough.
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    Ok, at the risk of sounding like a dummy, HOW ON EARTH are the clips supposed to be attached?? I have it clipped in, but I wondered if anyone could tell me what the back of the frame should look like assembled. Thanks!!

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    Re: Ikea Clip Frames

    The backs are masonite, Possibley smooth on one or both sides. I put smooth side in. There are elogated holes on the back, top bottom and sides. The clips are curvy on one end and square like on the other. Angle the square end over the glass to be sure it catches the glass surface and rotate the clip longways so that the curved end comes in contact with the back on a hole. Push untill it clicks or the bump on the curved end sets into the hole on the back. Repeat until all the clips are on.
    Or Buy a new one and look at it before you start.
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