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Old 11-15-11, 08:19 PM
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framing art

Is it worth getting a professional framing job ($1-2-300) for a numbered print? Or only for an original?
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Old 11-15-11, 08:27 PM
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I'm not a big fan of traditional frames for art of any kind. I prefer shadow box frames. http://fortyfourwide.squarespace.com/photos-on-canvas/

Relatively easy to make on your own.
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Does the value of the frame exceed the value of the art by more than 1.5 times?
Are archival conditions important (meaning do you want to keep this piece for as long as possible)?
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I'm looking at 2 different prints (from the same artist), the frame price is 2X what I paid which was about half what the prints sell for in the gallery in the Big City. I don't know if they sell at that price as fast as I pounced on these for my price.

These frames cost about the same as originals my wife bought from a housemate ~15 yrs ago who in addition to being the artist was a finish carpenter and so framed them himself. The frame/matting I get will totally not look as nice as what he did for his pieces. Seems like it's the price of doing business though. And yeah I do want them to last as long as possible.

The carpentry that my wife's friend did was stellar but I could fake it close enough to my own standards (I am such a hack but willing to try anything) but I don't know where to get materials. Right now, today, through the end of this year, I have more $$ for this project than time so I'm glad it will be done.

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Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
I'm not a big fan of traditional frames for art of any kind. I prefer shadow box frames. http://fortyfourwide.squarespace.com/photos-on-canvas/

Relatively easy to make on your own.
Those are cool. I don't know how important the 3D is but the prints don't stretch that's for sure.
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Old 11-15-11, 10:25 PM
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Just remember what Rembrant's limited edition prints sell for now. Now if the prints are from a known artist or one you really like and are not one of a large number of the same it is worth using non-acid paper and mats in the framing process.
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