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    Alternatives to frames for small show

    I've been asked to hang several prints for a show this spring and the space has really no budget for framing. Looking for suggestions for cheap ways to display prints that look better than tacking the prints to the wall. Mounting to sintra with a brace is an option, but still rather pricey. The prints will be 20x24 and 30x40. Any suggestions appreciated

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    mat them, put up rails to rest them on. or mat them and get those pins to put on all four corners, I've seen it done plenty of times.

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    Would you use these to support the matted print alone, or would it need to have glass over it as well for stability?

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    I would recommend a plan to put your best foot forward every time you have an opportunity to show your work.

    Good quality frames will compliment your work.

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    big border on the prints, push pins. Looks fine to me.

    Fishing line strung across the wall, binder clips. Also looks fine.

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    Quote Originally Posted by bob carnie View Post
    I would recommend a plan to put your best foot forward every time you have an opportunity to show your work.

    Good quality frames will compliment your work.
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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    I go to clearbags.com and get sealable bags with heavy plastic hanging tabs attachments http://www.clearbags.com/acc/hang-tabs

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    Ikea makes some cheap ~$23 frames that are close to the size you need:

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/ca.../series/18537/
    Flickriver (to avoid Flickr's annoying new format): http://http://www.flickriver.com/photos/drew_saunders/

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    What kind of prints?

    I'm a huge fan of mounting to sintra adding a laminate on the top and then floating the image off the wall 1-3". Last time I did this I had 15 - 24x30" images mounted on sintra for under $600 and then I made the backs myself. The place that did the mounting was Modern Reproductions in Pittsburgh. I dunno if they're still around but its worth a google.
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    Thanks for the all the input. If I could afford to frame, I would, just not feasible in this case.

    I just had 3 30x40s mounted, laminated and had a brace put on them for another show and it ran me close to $600, so that's a great price for the 15 prints. I'll look into the clips option.

    Thanks.

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