back to back frame

Susan W

Grumbler in Training
Aug 26, 2003
Corvallis OR
We are framing an old newspaper page where we want both sides to show, both sides having a frame so it can hang in the middle of a room and be seem on both sides. We planned to float the article between two pieces of plexi have a floated mat outside the newspaper dimensions, and them museum glass on the outside layer between mat and frame. Basically it is two identical projects back to back with one piece of artwork.
We need help on how to secure the frames together, but still not permanently seal it. We thought we could hinge the frame at the bottom and use strap hangers at the top so he can add wire to hang it from the ceiling. The frame is narrow on the sides (swan profile) so there is not much room for a clasp to hold it shut.
Any suggestions would be highly appreciated! Thanks! Susan
Have you thought about the damage to the art, done by moisture that is going to be trapped next in the frame? No spacing is a no-no.

How about getting two copies of the article, and framing the copies? Then you can use the Rare Earth Magnets to hold the two frames together. AND the original would be safe.

Just a suggestion.
We did something similar...Our frames were only an inch wide so the way we attached the two frames together so that they could come apart is this:
First we countersunk magnets into both frames on all four sides
Next we counter sunk cleats into the sides of the frames. Our frames were small so we were able to form the cleats out of the infinity hangers.
How about sandwiching and hinging the article between matboards that are back to back? I agree that copies (good colored ones) are best.
I agree with Susan and's not a good idea to put anything between two pieces of plexi without good air circulation... Heck, hinging it to a mat and putting it between two mats behind two pieces of glass would be _much_better than compressing it.

I also agree with framing copies though. I often ask customers if they want to make color copies of thier art and keep the originals in an acid free box/etc
I have moutned documents to be viewed from both sides byt encapsulating in mylar and matting each side in the same fashion.

The frames can be joined back to back in various fashions, but the rare earth magnets provide a very nice look.

BTW, the glass package can be sealed around the outside with something like the Lineco aluminum barrier tape to avoid some of the moisture problem.
The reason for the cleats together with the magnets is for the sheer strength. The magnets will hold the two pieces together but they have the ability to move (slide around) the cleats keep the piece solid.
Originally posted by Susan May:
Have you thought about the damage to the art, done by moisture that is going to be trapped next in the frame? No spacing is a no-no.
I'm not sure I understand this suggestion. The insulating air gap is essential in dissipating moisture within the frame -- the more the better.