Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by MitchelC, Dec 21, 2018.
I thought I would share this idea with you....
Thanks for sharing, Mitchel! Yes, that's a great idea. We've only done it a couple of times, and some framers use it often.
A frame rep told me they have a customer who did that to make decorative tabletop boxes. Would make a square like that, with a base, and a top from four triangles of a fancy moulding.
Scratches to easy... i do not use acrylic for anything!
Maybe like this...(we've done this many times)...
The shield was removable so that it could be used to fight crime....
This is a Larson Angus moulding, one profile turned sideways..
Neil... looks great. Deep shadow boxes are not at a big demand, but customers knowing a framer can frame almost everything does effect their business... This is another example of one I completed last week...
That seems awfully limiting. Reasonable care in the framing and handling is all it takes to avoid scratches.
For typical framing, acrylic glazing is lighter-weight than glass, has better thermal insulating properties, and is much safer for large projects, where breakage could be dangerous. An acrylic box (aka vitrine) is appropriate for deep-rabbet projects where the "open casket" look of a stacked-moulding frame just doesn't look right. If you want to frame a basketball or other big object, an acrylic box shows all sides.
Another alternative showing all sides would be to construct a glass box, which looks especially good if you use anti-reflection glass. Bond the edges using ASA600 fillet tape from ASAP Tapes, and cap the seams with 3/8" wide strips of strong polyester tape.
And I don't use glass for anything. Well almost nothing. I can't think of anything I've used it for in the last year. I am almost 100% online, except for a few things for friends and former B&M customers.
Since I started my site in 2001, I've shipped many thousands of frames and not a one with glass. And in those many thousands of frames, I have yet to have anyone complain about the acrylic in any manner, be it scratching, suitability, not glass, etc. Not a one. I also sell the Novus line, including their scratch repair products and the only sales I have had for the scratch repair products have been from folk who were first time customers, i.e. they had never purchased a frame from me.
I wouldn't be selling online without acrylic. If I had to sell with glass I would have been out of business by 2002. The breakage, the increased cost of packaging and increased weight would have done me in.
And when I think of the frames that go into children's rooms, areas where they play, bathrooms and areas where people walk around barefoot I can't help but wonder why there is glass in all those frames.
When I still had a store, I had several framed items on the wall, some with glass, some with acrylic. When I would get resistance from suggesting acrylic in an area of their domicile that shouln't have glass, I would point them to the wall and ask them to tell me which where framed with acrylic and which with glass. No one ever got 100%.
Presto has been selling extenders for pretty much the whole time I have been framing.. about 25 yrs.
One extends 1 1/8" and the other extends 2 3/8".
End tables have been built out of stacked frames, clearly demonstrating that there is no limit to the rabbet depth that can be achieved by stacking mouldings.
Would one such end table be in your home?
Not anymore. Sold them.
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