How To Create A Gallery Look

Written by The Plastic People
16/01/2018 10:50:36

If you have artwork and photographs to display and are a fan of clean, modern design, then chances are you'll love this style of framing:


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Made from crystal clear acrylic, these frames appear to float and give any space that sleek, art gallery feel.  Even better, the look is surprisingly easy to create and delivers a high end impression at a low end price.  All you need are  2 pieces of clear acrylic sheet cut to the size you'd like for your frame, some fixings and a drill .   If that puts you off, our friendly team supply acrylic floating frames ready cut, drilled and with stand off fixings: see our popular sizes or order your bespoke size via our website.  Otherwise, read on for how to create a floating frame yourself.

How to create your floating frame: 

 

1. Consider your border and fixings 


Take a look at your artwork and decide whether you'd like a frame with a border or whether you'd like the artwork to run right to the edge of your floating frame.   Because your floating frame needs to fix to the wall, take some time to decide where you would like your wall fixings to sit on your frame and how this looks with your artwork. You can fix your frame flat to the wall with screws or you can use fixings like in the picture below which will make your artwork appear to 'stand-off' the wall. Whichever fixings you choose, measure in from each corner of the frame size you'd like to decide where your frame fixings will go. 


2. Choose acrylic for your frame

Decide how thick you'd like your frame and whether to buy your 2 pieces of acrylic with fixing holes ready drilled in place.  If you're going to drill your acrylic yourself, you'll need to mark on your acrylic where your fixings will go.  Before you drill, secure your two acrylic sheets together (clamp the corners) and position over the edge of your work surface.  Now drill where you have marked your screw hole to be through both sheets of acrylic.  Repeat until you have drilled screw holes in all corners.

Drilling acrylic can be tricky.  We think it is helpful to think of it as melting your way through the acrylic sheet rather than drilling.  Get your hole started by drilling a little bit into the acrylic then switch the drill into reverse and press down to complete the hole.  Keep switching to bigger and bigger drill bits until you have the right hole size drilled for your fixings. 


3. Add your artwork to your frame

Keep the protective film on your acrylic frame while you add your artwork to you frame. Stick it in place using conservation, acid-free tape as this won't damage artwork over time.  When your artwork is in place, cover it over with your 2nd piece of acrylic to 'sandwich' it in place.
 

4. Hanging your floating frame:

When you're ready to hang your frame in your chosen spot , hold one of your fixings flush with the wall and carefully drill the screw into the wall using a drill with a hex bit.  We use fixings like these for our acrylic frames:


Wall fixings like these will make your acrylic frame stand away from the wall

Hold your fixing on the opposite corner up against the wall. Place a level on top of the frame to ensure it’s straight.  Once the frame is level, drill the second screw into the wall. Finish off  by drilling the bottom screws into the wall.

If you'd like help or advice about framing with acrylic, please don't hesitate to contact our friendly team at the Plastic People.

 

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