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Float frames owe their name to the illusion they create of “floating” a canvas artwork. This simple trick of the eye is no feat of complex engineering, but rather simply, is made possible because the underlying structure of a canvas artwork lends itself to the framing technique. Unlike works on paper, canvases have an internal frame, and are created by stretching a material such as cotton, linen or another fabric of choice across a wooden frame of stretchers. These stretchers are what give canvas paintings both depth and rigidity.
Because the canvas is secured to stretchers using staples, nails or tacks, the interest in concealing the sides of canvas through traditional frames was common practice throughout history. Until only the latter half of the 20th Century, artworks on canvas were considered incomplete, or unfinished without being placed in a traditional frame to conceal such elements of construction.
The images above show how the silhouette of a float frame lacks a rabbet, meaning there is no portion of the moulding that will block the front side of an artwork on canvas. This particular design is inspired by its namesake chateau in France’s Loire Valley and features hand waxed raw oak highlighted with gilded details ideal for achieving an elegant museum look.
The image above features a double float framed artwork by Andy Warhol, an interesting method of creating a larger backdrop for smaller artworks.
Float frames differ from traditional frames in the way that an artwork on canvas is mounted to the frame. Instead of having a rabbet, an internal cavity of the frame designed to hold the artwork, a float frame does not make contact with a canvas’s sides or front. Instead, it is the back of the canvas that is mounted to the frame directly, often employing clips to secure it.
This mounting is concealed and thus gives the appearance that the canvas is weightless: floating in air. Because of this, the frame acts merely as a border, and leaves the entire front facade of a canvas unobstructed and creates a narrow gap between the canvas’s edge and the frame.
The float frame has several benefits which make it a worthy contender to a traditional frame. Because it requires less structural support than a traditional frame, it is lighter and can be easier to transport, install and hang. As it doesn’t have a rabbet, it also does not require plexi or glass, which make the textural details and matte surface of some paintings more easily visible to the eye.
This being said, it is extremely important to consider that without the protective barrier of plexi and glass, the artwork is more susceptible to potential damage from its environment including UV-exposure, smoke exposure and accidents. However, other measures can be taken to protect artworks on canvas such as paintings, including conservation varnish to prevent pigment discoloration.
Float frames do provide another type of protection to canvas artworks by preventing warping of the canvas’s underlying structure or stretchers. Regardless of how thin a float frame may appear, it will serve the purpose of keeping a canvas in its original shape, an important factor in preventing the canvas itself from puckering or requiring re-stretching in time.
Other considerations for float frames are that they can be a more economical approach to framing because they don’t require glass or plexi, are lighter and are thus less costly to ship or transport.
It was not until the late 1940’s that painters began employing float frames in showcasing their artworks. A notable example includes the work of abstract expressionists such as Jackson Pollock, who utilized float frames to display their paintings in their entirety, without obscuring the corners or edges of canvases.
Since, float frames have been employed popularly in gallery settings, where the main focus was placed on the artwork, and also perhaps preferred for the economical traits and ease of transport.
The float frame featured above in the presentation of this painting by Jackson Pollock exemplifies how the lightness of the float frame technique makes possible framing even unusually large artworks on canvas.
A common misconception about float frames is that they are only used to create minimalist, or contemporary aesthetics. In actuality, a float frame merely describes the method of joining the frame to an artwork and bears no consequence on needing to be a minimal or almost invisible in appearance.
Float frames can be created with molding to convey any interior style or historical reference. And can be at home in modern, as well as transitional, or traditional environments. Detailed, stepped or ornate silhouettes can be used in crafting a float frame, and gilded or faux painted edges can add a level of ornament to please any maximalist sensibility. Moreover, float frames can be constructed from not only hardwoods, but also metal, plexi and fabric wrapped moulding which provide even greater flexibility in partnering the most attractive pairing to an artwork.
This moulding demonstrates that not all float frames are thin, or minimal. This Spencer moulding combines elegant hand-leafing and a rustic woodgrain finish with a contemporary profile shape.
Trefler’s frame studio designs and fabricates custom display presentations for a wide variety of projects and budgets. Our talented team has over forty years of combined experience in fine art framing, and lends an expert perspective to crafting the best solution for each client.
Both float frames and traditional frames are custom made to order and can employ mouldings from vendors such as Larson Juhl, Roma Moulding, C&J and Picture Woods LLC,.
Additionally, Trefler’s designs and fabricates entirely bespoke frames from scratch using sustainably sourced hardwoods to craft closed-corner, splined frames for both float or mitered presentations.
Convex glass is essentially glass that rises up in the center, creating a dome like effect on whatever its encases. Picture a scaled up version of an eyeglass.
Other (albeit incorrect) names you might have come across for this material include curved, bubble or domed glass: misnomers for obvious reasons. While these all have a curved surface like convex glass they are in fact produced with a different method and often used for different purposes.
Curved glass is rounded at two ends, but does not create a full seal around all edges. This was commonly used for china cabinet doors.
While convex glass appears to look quite a lot like a bubble, Bubble glass actually means that the glass was manufactured by a process called drawn glass, which creates “seeds” or elongated bubbles in the glass. Domed glass is another would-be convex glass.
Dome glass is typically used for clocks and has a more pronounced or raised center than typical domed glass.
Another antique that commonly used convex glass was in the faces of instruments and clocks. This gilt wood barometer was restored, requiring the replacement of its convex glass panel.
Although convex glass is antique in its appearance, it is still produced today by select fabricators. Not only is this helpful when replacement glass is needed for an antique, but also in offering an interesting and unique effect when framing even contemporary projects.
The curvature of the surface creates an interested effect with light and sense of depth. Convex glass is especially useful in framing three-dimensional or raised artworks, where more space is required to protect the work.
Over the course of 2020, we’ve all embarked on our fair share of home organization projects. Whether you’ve banished anything that doesn’t bring you joy, or simply went excavating into the dark depths of your basement, it’s been a period where we’ve had more time than usual at home to take stock of what’s being stored away.
If you’ve recently uncovered a long-forgotten collection of family photos, our paper conservators and framing specialists have some helpful advice on how to preserve your photography and prevent the most common types of damage.
Fading, yellowing and creased or torn edges are all too often the result of improperly storing any work on paper. Photography prints in particular contain acid, making them especially prone to damage when stored together in large boxes, or in unsuitable environments.
Because of the acid found in photographic prints, it is extremely important to always use acid free materials when framing our storing in photo albums or books. The acidity in neighboring paper or mat boards will interact with the chemical composition of your print, resulting a yellow hue, often seen in antique photography.
Ultraviolet light exposure is also major culprit in damaging photography. The sun’s UV-rays have the ability dramatically fade prints, even over just a short period of time. Keep in mind, UV damage is not always the result of natural sources. Fluorescent lighting also emits UV light, so it’s important to protect your prints from exposure even in rooms without windows, like attics, basements or offices.
To achieve the right level of UV protection, consider where your photography will be on view, and how much light exposure it will have over the course of the year. During winter, a window-facing wall may not be a risky location, however come spring, the shifting angle of the sun might mean that your artwork is more exposed than it had been in February. For most projects requiring UV-protection, our conservators suggest Conservation Clear Glass and UV Acrylic Plexiglass from Tru-Vue, which offer 98% protection from UV light.
To achieve the highest level of protection available, Optium Museum Plexi is recommended. While this option is the most expensive, it also offers protection from shattering through transit, an important consideration if you intend to ship your photography in the future.
We’ve all run into the painful moment where we encounter two photos stuck together, and in the desperate attempt to separate these, we destroy both in the process. This heartbreaking, yet very preventable event is because photography prints contain not only acids, but moisture as well. When pressed firmly against another material, including glass or plexiglass, sticking is almost always the result.
Our specialists recommend using spacers or matboard when framing to create space between your print and the glass or plexiglass.
Spacers are a nearly undetectable way to achieve breathing room between a print and the glass or plexiglass. Unlike traditional matboards, spacers are concealed within the rabbit of the frame to create more depth without changing the amount of whitespace around a picture. Spacers are made out of a variety of materials to suit any frame, such as plastic, wood or metal. Because they are matched with the background, they create a seamless piece. Still can’t picture it? A more common example of this you might have come across is the shadowbox.
Other environmental factors to consider which might damage your print include humidity in the environment and exposure to extreme heat sources. For this reason, bathrooms and kitchens, which have a big variability in humidity and temperature, are not the safest spot in the home to hang photography. They are also riskier because these rooms are more prone to accidents involving steam, water and smoke. It is a good rule of thumb place any artwork at a safe distance from any heating source generally, including radiators, fireplaces, wood stoves and vents.
Take stock of the photos you’re holding onto. Which are the most important? Are there four or five that you would be heartbroken to lose? Rather than storing hundreds of photos improperly in plastic containers or cardboard boxes (as we all too often do) consider selecting the most cherished to frame safely. By doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy your prints everyday, rather than keeping them tucked away, out of sight.
It is sadly not an uncommon occurrence to encounter families that have lost sentimental family photos in floods and fire. By framing your most prized photos and placing them somewhere safe from accidents, you are giving them a better chance at being passed down to be enjoyed by future generations.
To learn more about our full photography restoration services or custom framing, reach out to a member of our team today.
Whether you’re interested in fine art framing, or finding a perfect way to showcase your family photos, our full-service framing studio will work with you directly to create the best display method to suit your unique style, needs and budget. Our talented framers offer expertise in both museum-grade conservation methods and the aesthetic details that make all the difference when highlighting any work of art. Our studio uses protective materials including UV-blocking plexiglass and acid free matting to ensure the longevity of each piece.
Trefler’s is currently open for both digital and socially distanced, in person consultations, by appointment only. To maintain the safety of both our staff and community, we strictly adhere to all current CDC guidelines to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
If you are interested in requesting a quote or scheduling a framing consultation, please reach out to us by submitting your inquiry below.
From now through the end of October, Trefler’s is extending a 15% discount on your next custom framing project.
Trefler’s custom frame studio is open for socially-distanced consultations, by appointment. Our custom frame studio is an invaluable asset to our full range of restoration and conservation services, one which we are proud to have on-site to guide clients through what can otherwise be a daunting task. With the collaboration and assistance of our framing specialists, creating the right custom frame, display case, or plinth is a simple and enjoyable process.
The benefits of framing are first and foremost protective. A widely understood example is selecting an appropriate UV-blocking glass or Plexi, which will prevent light damage to an artwork. But framing also serves as quite literally a frame to highlight or accentuate a piece.
Whether fabricating a display plinth to showcase a 17th Century ceramic vessel, or a custom box to preserve an antique manuscript, there are countless examples of how tailored display methods both enhance and protect your artwork, and a seasoned framer learns the nuances of key details which can elevate a simple frame job, to a work of art in of itself.
“I gravitated towards framing because it can be very creative, fun and educational working alongside other artists and designers. I love creating new frames and seeing how it can change the perception and effect of certain artwork on the viewer or the room environment.”-Dina
Trefler’s is honored to work with some of the finest vendors for custom frame fabrication in the United States. Learn more about our trusted sources below.
Trefler’s is able to structurally and cosmetically restore giltwood frames on-site, bringing sheen and luster back to antique frames with flaking gold leaf, or insecure backings.Our restorers also encourage re-finishing, to create a contemporary look while making use of a family heirloom.
In the event that you are embarking on a framing project as the result of environmental damage from flooding or fire, Trefler’s framing studio can work in concert with your insurance to ensure a seamless experience.
If you’ve recently invested in a piece of artwork or perhaps created one yourself, you’re probably wondering about the best way to display and protect that composition over time. For some people, framing and mounting their artwork is an afterthought that usually doesn’t get too much consideration when it comes to aesthetics and quality. However, custom frames can breathe new life into your artwork, complimenting its features while keeping it protected for many years.
When framing their artwork, some people make their way to the local crafts store and try and find a pre-made shell that will fit their piece. The problem with this method is that most store-bought frames are not ideally suited for the artwork they are supporting, whether it’s improper sizing, poor quality or lack of visual impact. At Trefler’s, our approach to framing is very different. With more than 20 years of design and production experience, our artisans will build you a custom framing solution for your paper, canvas, or textile artwork that is truly unique. Rather than choosing a bland pre-made frame, we work with companies like C & J Frames, Roma Molding, and Picture Woods, to allow you to select fully customizable framing, designs, and hardwood moldings for your artwork. These frame designs are then sized perfectly to match the dimensions of your artwork while ensuring your art is properly situated and protected.
Custom framing can bring many benefits to a recently purchased piece of artwork. First off, a custom-designed frame can add an elaborate or subtle outline to the article that genuinely accentuates its beauty. This type of design work isn’t found in local crafts stores and requires a personalized service that we can provide at Trefler’s. However, it’s not just the aesthetic of the frame that we focus on, but also its quality and ability to protect the piece that it’s supporting. At Trefler’s, we work with Tru Vue® to provide museum quality materials like UV-filtering glass to ensure your artwork stays safeguarded for many years. Tru Vue®’s acrylic products effectively block up to 99 percent of harmful UV light rays, ensuring your artwork maintains its integrity over time.
Just like no two pieces of art are the same, no custom framing solution is the same either. Due to this fact, there are no fixed costs associated with a custom framing project at Trefler’s. However, because of a large number of available options of display cases, mounts, and raw hardwoods, we have custom framing solutions that fit any project and budget, large or small. Typically, custom framing can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for smaller projects and 6-8 weeks for larger, more complex ones. However, if you provide us with details of the custom framing solution you’re looking for, we’ll get back to you within 48-hours with expected lead-times and the costs associated.
In many cases, do-it-yourself framing jobs can be time-consuming and potentially be damaging to your artwork. This issue is especially the case when working with delicate fabric paintings that require unique frame mounting specifications and sizes. When you think about the value of your artwork, investing in its sustainability should be an essential consideration. That’s why hiring a custom framing service makes sense for many artwork enthusiasts. At Trefler’s, our experienced and dedicated staff members hold just as much value in your artwork as you do. With more than 20 years in the custom framing industry, Trefler’s deploys century-old techniques to create and restore the most beautiful and unique frames in all shapes and sizes.