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Old 08-07-2011, 12:38 AM
emmaelisabeth emmaelisabeth is offline
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how to frame a cradled board?

Okay. I am so clueless about everything that has to do with framing. I have to frame my painting for a gallery, no wrap-arounds. I don't even know what that means but it's what I was told.

I paint on boards instead of canvas and they are all cradled. I don't even know how to cradle correctly! I am so clueless. How would I go about framing that? Do I go to a professional framer?

Please help. I am overly stressed about this.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:31 PM
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Re: how to frame a cradled board?

You could look around for pre-fabricated "floater frames" if you don't want to go to a professional framer. Depending on the size of your panels and how deep they are, you might be able to use something like this:


for an inexpensive solution. (Blick has wood floater frames, too, though I've found they can be a little finicky when getting a cradled panel to attach properly; but it works, too...)

These would likely work if you're using 3/4" thick cradles (such as you might find on many of the Ampersand cradled products). Note that you should probably check with the gallery to make sure these are of high enough quality (they're very inexpensive).

The "floater" aspect means that your panel will be mounted with a slight gap around all four sides and provides a more contemporary look to the finished piece (as opposed to a more traditional frame, which can overlap the edges of your painting). Hope that helps.

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