How will you mount my piece?
We take great care of your pieces and will review each piece carefully to ensure it is mounted properly.
Our standard methods are as follows:
- Dry Mount
- A heat-activated, acid-free, adhesive keeps art smooth and secure. Applicable for most framing options. Recommended especially for photographs and XL pieces. Archival, acid free, and removable by a professional. Dry mounting is a process that uses a low grade heat to flatten and adhere the piece to archival foam board. It will keep pieces stiff and flat in the frame without damaging or yellowing. No buckling or wrinkling here! Please note, this is a reversible process but does require a machine for removal. For any delicate or heat sensitive papers be sure to note on your order form or contact the SF team ahead of framing to discuss alternate methods of mounting.
- Dry Mount to Hidden Lift
- An acid-free, heat-activated adhesive secures art to a hidden ³∕₁₆" lift so it appears to float. If you are floating your piece so that all of the edges are visible in the frame, this selection means we will drymount the art to an archival board cut 1/4" smaller than the art (process described above) and place that board on a 4-ply mat. This will give the illusion that your piece is floating in your frame
- Hinge Mount to Hidden Lift
- Art is attached to a ³∕₁₆" lift, so it appears to float in the mat window. For floating delicate or smaller pieces, our framing team will use archival hinge tape and adhere the piece from the back to a board cut 1/4" smaller than the art to give the art the floated look within the frame. Tada!
- Hinge Mount without Lift
- Removable, acid-free tape secures art with minimal contact directly on the mat. We will mount your art using archival hinge tape and the T-hinge method, where a select number of hinges are applied to the back of the art and a crosspiece to the mat to keep the art in place. These hinges can be cut off, or removed for future reframing if needed.
- Sewn (available for scarves and textiles only)
- Art is hand-stitched onto a linen mat. For any textiles, flags, or scarves. A framing specialist will hand sew your piece to a linen mat or linen-covered strainer (for Max Plexibox orders). Single stitches are placed along the edges, and your piece will be steamed before we begin to sew. Please note that all textiles will retain their natural flow and with gravity may still expand over time.
- No Mount
- If your paper is on the smaller size, strong, and framed to the edge, we will not use any mounting to keep it in place. It can support itself without fear of buckling.
If you have specific questions or requests related to how we mount your piece, enter detailed notes in the Special Notes section of your order or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.