Framing your letterpress print
~ 29 December 2008 ~
I realize the following is relevant to only a small number of you, but I figure this is the best place to post the information for collaboration and archival. And, for what it’s worth, you might find helpful tips strung throughout the comments for framing other artwork.
If you’ve purchased one of my letterpress posters, below are a few options for framing it. Please add your advice for framing in the comments.
Option #1: IKEA frame with custom matte
This is the option I chose with my personal copy of the first poster, and it’s also the option I’ll choose with the latest one. It’s relatively inexpensive and looks fantastic. The only requirement is that you have an IKEA somewhere close by, as IKEA doesn’t offer online ordering for frames.
The final framed print looks something like this:
All it requires is an IKEA Ribba frame (19¾ in × 27½ in) and a custom matte about two inches wide:
If you’re in the U.S., you can have a matte cut at any local or franchise craft store such as Michael’s, Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, etc. I’m positive similar stores exist outside the U.S. but I’m not familiar enough with any of them to mention names.
Take both poster and frame in and have them do measurements, or feel free to use my measurements:
The matte I’ve used is from Jo-Ann. It’s a black, semi-gloss matte with a subtle vertical grain. It’s called Brushed Onyx, product #B8321 if you really want specifics.
Total cost for framing: About US$40 ($23 for the frame, $17 for the matte).
Option #2: Posterhänger
I’ve never used one of these, but I plan to when the right occasion comes along. Posterhänger by Jørgen Møller is a beautifully minimalist approach to framing. An aluminum bar at top and bottom with hidden hardware compliments a print quite well:
A 16” set, available in silver or black, will fit your poster nicely. And your wallet, too, at just US$16 for the set. Other sizes ranging from 12” to 72” are also available.
Of course, this isn’t an ideal solution if you’re concerned about protecting your print long-term, but it will certainly allow for closer examination of the print.
Option #3: Custom Framing
Naturally, this is a wise choice if you’re interested in a quality result using the frame style of your choice. However, it’s rather costly. You’re looking at somewhere between $100 to $300 depending on the vendor and frame style. Many craft stores large and small offer custom framing.
Option #4: Your suggestions
Know of another option? Please leave a comment.
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