Mounting 8x10 prints on 14x17 boards?
I don't like the look of mounting my 8x10's on 11x14 boards because there's not enough border. Mounting to 16x20 boards is too much and shipping costs are high. I've noticed that many photographers mount their 8x10's on 14x17 which seems like a good compromise. I've seen them for sale on ebay and on websites. My question is: Where does the average consumer get a wooden 14x17 frame that's not a custom job? I've never seen one.
Originally Posted by wildbill
Light Impressions... it is possible to order wooden frames much like metal moldings. i.e., specify the length in inch increments. Not super cheap but not bad looking either. (at least the few styles I have seen)
I'll second that. I have some of their frames and they looks quite nice. You can get wood or metal, and they have a wide variety of styles. You can make just about any size height and width combination.
Originally Posted by pelerin
I currently use 14x17 as my standard size for all 8x10 prints and smaller. However, 14x17 is NOT a standard frame size. You sometimes see 14x18 frames in stores, but even that is rare. Also, 14x18 does not look good with an 8x10 print.
I use 14x17 for several reason. First, it's a perfect size for mounting 8x10 both vertically and horizonally, and always looks balanced. It does not look overkill with the matting, but also does not cramp the print with it being too small.
The second reason I use 14x17 mat size is because it IS custom framing size! By selling prints in a odd framing size, it requires the buyer to have the print professionally framed, and not just slapped into a cheep Walmart frame. Most people do not know how to match a frame with a print, however...professional framers do, and I put my trust in custom frames to use a frame that harmonizes with the print. Also, custom frames are ALWAYS better quality then pre-made frames. I would prefer people not to use cheep frames with my prints.
Finally, I do not suggest using wooden frames for your photography. First off, several wood frames have impurities and chemicals in the wood and also in the paint/glazing used on the wood. These can be harmful to your print overtime and cause it to fade, yellow, ect. Also, the mat is usually held in place by staples against the mat, and its difficult to remove the print. By using metal frames, you can change prints out in a matter of minutes, and they also last longer and are more sturdy then wood, not to mention cheeper.
For 8x10 prints, you will find standard frame size of 14x18 will be more common. For 11x14 prints, 16x20 mounting board.
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Light Impressions is good, but I usually buy my frames from American Frame in Toledo, Ohio. Good prices, many styles, good service, easy to navigate site.
I also agree with the comments about using non standard frame sizes. In fact, I have an area for matting and framing set up just outside my darkroom, so I can mat and frame all of my prints in whatever size I think best present them, and with the quality I think they deserve. Being a chronic DIYer, its just another step in the process for me.
This may be sacreligious, but I just bought some frames from IKEA. They are aluminum (aluminium for you UK folks) framed with an 8-1/2 by 11" matt. The frame is about 12 1/2 X 16". I put an 8X10 mat behind the one supplied with the frame for a double matt (both white). It looks great. The frames were 16.95 CDN with the one (larger) mat, glass, and hanger wire. If you have an IKEA near you, check them out.
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