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Opinions Wanted Mounting Oil Painting with NO border and no glazing

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by k2500guy, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. k2500guy

    k2500guy CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Got a small oil painting on canvas the has zero border. Customer doesn't want mats or glazing. I was going to sew extension strips to the edges to facilitate stretching, but that is going to damage the edges of the artwork and I hate to do that. But, are there any other reasonable options?
     
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  2. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Rather than sewing, you can attach stretching strips to the perimeter by using an archival adhesive called BEVA, but this takes special materials, and skills that need to be practiced, and you don't want to experiment on someone else's property. I'm thinking it might be a better solution to mount the painting to a rigid substrate rather than stretching it. You can probably find advice on this by using the Grumble's search function.
    :cool: Rick
     
  3. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    How small are we talking about?

    In my experience really small oils look pretty lost without something around them but so many people have been caught up in the fad for minimalism that it is often hard to sell that idea.

    One thought would be to blockmount it onto a piece of 10mm foamboard with the edges blackened and around 3/8" of overhang so that the foam is not visible and hang it from a backhanger. This would also be fairly easy to delaminate if the customer realises later that it was not a good idea.
     
  4. munnframeworks

    munnframeworks CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Mount the canvas to a new oversize canvas and then stretch.
     
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  5. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    What would you use for this kind of mounting, of a finished oil painting?
     
  6. Al B

    Al B CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Shayla - It should probably be relined with wax adhesive and restretched. It is something that everyone can't do unfortunately. Al
     
  7. Finest Fabric

    Finest Fabric MGF, Master Grumble Framer


    Usually Beva adhesive these days.... still you have to know what your doing......
     
  8. munnframeworks

    munnframeworks CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    It depends on the value of the art. If it is valuable. let an expert do it. If the customer just wants it done and there is no value you can use a good spray glue on heavy canvas,
     
  9. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Thanks for your reply. I've used Beva strips to attach fabric to painting edges, but haven't mounted a big one to a solid canvas.
     
  10. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I wouldn't use spray glue on a painted canvas. The solvent will soften the paint. (don't ask. :confused:)

    Diluted PVA works. It must be left to cure under weight - best with release paper and a **foam blanket.
    I do it between two sheets of 3/4" particle board with lots of heavy objects on top. Raid the bookshelves.
    Leave as long as you can. 24hrs min.

    This is OK for items of no intrinsic value. More 'important' things need the attention of a skilled restorer
    to be mounted on a new canvas.


    ** Essential for painting with a heavy impasto.
     
  11. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    This seems to be a contradiction of terms. I have never seen a good spray glue. In my experience, they're all bad. Due to their extensive and often invasive chemistry, even the strongest of them will deteriorate, weaken, and fail over time. Not to mention the carcinogenic fumes and particulate overspray. And the residue would be very difficult to remove from any fabric.
     
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