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Article: About Our Framing

About Our Framing
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About Our Framing

Tappan offers a full suite of services for your framing needs. When you frame with Tappan, each frame is custom built and hand-assembled to fit your artwork. Let us help to ensure that your piece can be installed as soon as it arrives to your home.

Frame Wood and Color Options

Our standard, solid wood framing comes in white, natural, black or mahogany. We can also frame in chrome. If these options are not available on the artwork page, please reach out to advising@thetappancollective.com so we can help with your customization.

Thin Gallery Frame

This modern profile was designed for artists and photographers. Narrow on the front and deep on the sides, our slim mouldings provide a clean, sharp frame for your art, and allows all focus to be on your gorgeous work. Artworks smaller than 24 in x 36 in will be framed in 3/4" wide frame face, larger will have a 1 inch frame face.

UV - PROTECTIVE ACRYLIC

Our acrylic is more expensive than glass, but we use it because it’s clearer, far more impact resistant, and protects your art against UV rays. Framing-grade acrylic has become a new standard in framing because of its “clear” benefits.

Framing Styles

Full Bleed

Works are framed flush with the edge of your print without a mat. This means there is no space between the image and the frame. When we frame pieces full bleed, we also make sure that the artwork is framed with spacers, meaning it is set back a bit deeper behind the acrylic.

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Matted

Matting an artwork adds a 3" white core mat with a bevel cut opening to the edge of your print. If your work has a signature or edition numbering, we will automatically mat around it unless otherwise specified.

We use 4-ply, conservation-grade, acid-free mat board. Acid-free materials protect your art from yellowing or becoming brittle.

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Float

Floating a piece allows for a full view of the face and sides of the artwork. Floating is recommended for original drawings and paintings or any piece produced on specially trimmed paper (a deckled edge, for example). When a piece is floated, it is raised and hinged with a 1.5" space around it [unless otherwise specified] and then framed. Spacers are included in this method of framing, which sets the piece back a bit deeper behind the acrylic. Floating adds 1.5" to each side of any given piece.

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Island Matting

The term island matting stems from the idea that the artwork is floating like an island, surrounded by matting. This type of frame allows for depth, shadowing and a unique focus on the work. Island matting allows the edges of the artwork to remain exposed, while keeping with the appeal of traditional matting. This is especially effective for framing Polaroid images.

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Canvas Float

Ideal for works on canvas or panel, the art is suspended within the frame to add a defined multi-dimensional effect with visual impact. Floater frames work especially well for artwork whose subjects or brushwork wrap around the sides, as it allows the viewer to see the entire intention of the work. These frames - all made with solid wood - are a great way to elevate the feel of both the art and the space around it.

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