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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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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    Quote Originally Posted by chacabuco View Post
    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.
    Indeed. Now you know why there are so many framing shops around. It is very lucrative. Which is one very important reason I encourage "amateurs" to mount and frame their own work, by example.

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    staple them up..or tape them up with duct tape

    I'm over the whole matting and mounting and framing thing.. talk abount money down the drain

    staple them up hap-hazzardly - make it a style!

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    For an industrial look, get pieces of galvanized sheet metal and attach the prints to those with magnets. Reusable.
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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    Fine matting enhances an image and directs attention to it. It shows the image at its best.
    Why would anyone advocate display methods that don't show their work at its best?

    Glazing, whether plexi or glass protects images from those who 'look' with their fingers.

    A good framer using conservation methods and materials is worth it. You can learn to do this yourself and quickly find using good quality mat cutters and materials is the way to go.

    While some do not care how their images are presented, many of us do. We spent time, effort, care and even love in the process all the way from the search for images to the final presentation. Why would we be content with third rate displays?

    I won't dispute some show their work in shoddy ways, they know what their work is worth.

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    Tenter hooks holding glass to wall with matted print behind is another option, but I think by the time you have the glass and mat you're pretty close to price of a simple black frame. We attended a show a couple of years ago in which one of the photographers put his work in homemade frames made from scrap wood. Very nice presentation. His stuff was pretty big too, like maybe 40" square or so.

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    The cheapest way would be to dry mount them to foam core and then use Swiss Clips without an over mat. Leaving off the over mat would keep the weight down too. Foam core is pretty inexpensive. It would probably be best to trim off any paper around the image before you mount it. You might want to consider using a color besides white for the foam core as well.

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    I would try Ikea first.reasonably priced frames, wide choice of sizes, and styles.

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    Re: Alternatives to frames for small show

    Yes its only wall paper anyway... I would use elmers glue and the cheapest wall varnish from Home Depot I can find.

    You are joking right?
    Quote Originally Posted by DrTang View Post
    staple them up..or tape them up with duct tape

    I'm over the whole matting and mounting and framing thing.. talk abount money down the drain

    staple them up hap-hazzardly - make it a style!

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