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Question best mounting technique for large format Polaroid

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by UTA KIRCHLECHNER, Nov 15, 2018.


    UTA KIRCHLECHNER CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    The artwork is 30x22 inches and from 1980. Is it safe to Kool Tack? Please advise. Other options.

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  2. MnSue

    MnSue SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    You might to call KT for their recommendations...as it is a Polaroid (I didn't know there were that big!)
    of course, be sure the back is clean and smooth
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    UTA KIRCHLECHNER CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Thank you, Sue. I will call KT. There were only about 24 cameras made that size....
  4. David Hewitt

    David Hewitt CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Polaroids are layered components. I would not use any glues, heat, or pressure types of mounts.
    You can use hinges, corner mounts, edge mounts, or a platform mount.
    My preference would be the platform mount, totally noninvasive.
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  5. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Here is an exhibition of large format Polaroid prints which I saw hear in Perth a couple of years ago. Most of the prints were around 36" x 48".


    There was a photo there of the camera they used which was a huge beast of a thing made even bigger by its custom made underwater housing. I can only marvel at how they managed to get those shots given the complexities of the equipment and the fact that the (very game) model with posing with wild stingrays for some shots.
  6. MarkPDX

    MarkPDX Grumbler

    Heat will destroy a Polaroid faster than you can say "uh oh".
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  7. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Platform mount would be my choice, easy and effective, I use this method often.

    UTA KIRCHLECHNER CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Thank you all for your comments. I will recommend the corner mounts. Happy Thanksgiving!
  9. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Corner pockets force the paper to stand on its bottom corners and provide little support otherwise. If this large paper has a tendency to sag, it would be a problem. And if a pocket comes loose and the art slips far enough to stick to the triangle of adhesive left on the mounting board, you're in trouble.

    Why not the Platform mount? That would provide full length support on all edges.
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  10. Daniel Smith

    Daniel Smith Grumbler

    tracy (dot) storer (at) gmail (dot) com

    Contact Tracy Storer. He's the expert on 20x24 Polaroid cameras and film.


    Most likely he has an answer from experience. Also, a pretty good guy as well as a good Photographer.
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  11. Emily Phoenix

    Emily Phoenix Grumbler in Training

    I've had to deal with these a lot recently. I check with the artist (if living) to find out whether they are okay with their image cockling (which will absolutely happen with this process without overall mounting) or if a perfectly flat image is part of their artistic intent. I've had one artist who was very into seeing the print as an object who wanted the cockling visible, and one artist who wanted his prints completely flat. We had the mounting done by Erizan Inc. in New York as this was the mounter who had worked with the artist on mounting all of his Polaroids in the past. If artist is okay with some cockling, I'd go with edge strips.
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