While this thread title sounds so informative ... I'm really seeking out information actually. But hopefully over time it can be edited and become a great resource.
Right now I got 2 mondos and I just frame them in those cheap wal-mart frames. Is that ok? I plan to get nice frames for them eventually but I'm trying to pack for a move (which is still a ways off...) so I dont feel like going through the project or spendings of nice frames ... hope to just do that once settled in elsewhere...
it depends on which cheap frames you're using. The type of frame you don't want to use is the plastic frame that comes apart. Those will scuff the outer edge.
You can find standard sizes like 18x24 frames at craft stores. The place I go to called Hobby Lobby sells them for $35 and than they have a 40% off coupon, so $22.
Than there's this site http://www.wholesaleposterframes.com/, I haven't used them yet, but you can get a custom metal frame for a pretty good price.
I just bought a 1993 Jurassic Park 27x40 original double sided movie poster, what would be the best way to frame it? Are there any special things I need to do to keep it mint?
Glass vs. Acrylic Usage
Glass is really the most common and is used in most picture frames in sizes 11x14 or smaller. The benefit of glass is that it’s resistant to scratching and is easy to clean. The only disadvantage of glass is that it’s heavy for shipping and can be a hazard if broken.
Acrylic or plexiglass is used primarily in posters and large picture frames (bigger than 11x14). Acrylic is used in large format frames because it’s more resistant to breaking than glass and costs less to ship. It is also used in frames in heavy traffic areas because if it’s broken it won’t be as dangerous as glass.
One big disadvantage of acrylic is that it scratches easily and requires extra attention when cleaning. Acrylic should only be cleaned with soap and water or a soft damp towel. Never use paper towels as this will scratch acrylic. Whatever you do don’t use any cleaners like ammonia or Windex on acrylic because that will ruin it. Another complaint with acrylic is that some people don’t like the look of it because it looks “like plastic.” However, if you’ve ever priced out a large piece of glass for a 16x20 frame or larger you’ll quickly agree that acrylic is the way to go for large frames.
So, the next time you’re asked if you want glass or acrylic I’d recommend selecting acrylic for three situations:
Use acrylic for anything bigger than 16x20 and
If you’re shipping a frame and want to save money
If you don’t want to risk the glass from breaking and damaging the original photo if it’s hanging on a wall in a high traffic area.
For everything else, stick with glass and the finish of your choice and chances are good that you’ll be happy with your choice.
That would be a good deal ... i have no hobby lobby around me. (familiar with them tho) I have a Michaels ... they were quoting me $437 for frraming LOL!
I like your idea tho and its kinda possible maybe even with Michaels ... but I'm assuming everything you are talkign about is no matting?
I wouldnt mind putting my Drive in with no matting but I bought the above fo Django
Yeah im a n00b in this area .... You're the mondo local expert.
I have no supplies .... Im a big "do it yourself" type of guy in regards to arts and crafts buttttttttttt...... I really dont want to get into framing otherwise I wont stop lol .. and I'll buy more than my walls can hold which as of right now is NOTHING more. ;p
Alright ... here to report back ... did my first frame.
Seems the mondo is probably just a tad off ... im talkign microscopic ....but makes it absolute pain in the ass with hardly any room of cushion when getting the sides lined up on the mat.
Easy fix for next time ..... Just do double matting. (which they offer)
Also need more of those spring screw things that hold the foamboard on the backing better. It's in their pretty sturdy but I feel some wiggle room and seen it too... so buy a bag of those to apply a couple extra and your good to go.
Acrylic was kinda a pain in the ass as after I peeled off the sticky paper it didnt appear as clean as it should ... not the whole thing but i saw one good marked up spot that needed cleaning. Used a microfiber cloth that leaves no streaks and used water as per acrylic cleaning instructions up above.
For $99 bucks tho I'm extremely pleased as its done professionally and conserved. I didnt go with the UV acrylic as it added a lot more cost but I dont plan on having this thing in the sunlight anyways. Plus it wont be in a room that gets a ton of light all the time.
Might figure out some cheaper alternatives for prints that arent as dear to my heart or as damaging on the wallet. However this print wasn't cheap so I wanted it done right.