Framing Glossary

A simple explanation of some of the words or phrases we might use when talking about your frame.


WINDOW MOUNTS

(Also KNOWN AS APERTURE MOUNTS or 'passe-partout')

A traditional technique where the a window is cut in the mount board (also known as a mat) with a bevelled edge and the artwork is displayed underneath. Ideal for mounting photographs, and also used in all museum standard framing to create an essential barrier between the artwork and the glass.  We cut multiple apertures (to display multiple photos in one frame for example) or create extra wide borders or unusual layouts at no extra cost.

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FLOAT MOUNTING

A technique that makes the artwork look like its floating in the frame. We use conservation tape and 'pass through hinges' to float mount work.  Float mounting works particularly well with artworks on paper with interesting edges, polaroid photos and flat objects like vintage magazines.

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RAISED FLOAT MOUNTING

(also known as Distance float, or shadow float)

Similar to float mounting, but we also add a foamboard layer hidden underneath, which raises the artwork away from the back board to create a more 3d floating effect.  This works best on artworks that are on rigid card or paper, or have been drymounted onto board already.

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BOX FRAME

Frames made with deep moulding and spacers to create a box to hang artwork inside.  Used when float mounting 2d pieces and when framing 3d objects.

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DRY MOUNTING

A process where a piece of artwork is sealed to a piece of aluminum or board.  Its popular with photographers to create a perfectly flat image but is not recommended for most works as it is a non reversible process. We do not offer dry mounting in house but can recommend a number of printers in the area who do.


LINEN BACKING

Linen backing is a technique to restore and preserve vintage posters - the process can restore tears and flatten folded posters so they look like new in a frame. Prices for linen backing depend on the size of the poster and the level of damage that needs fixing. Again we do not offer linen backing but are happy to recommend someone who does


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