Float mounting tricks?


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Jun 13, 2002
Fingerlakes Region of NYS
I have two pieces in the shop both requiring float mounting. They are both going to be on a white mat. They are quite large and because of this I am thinking I should either use a heavier ply mat or laminate the mat to the backer board.

Which of these would be the preferred method to use? Or is there another option?


You could hinge the mat to the backing as well, then gravity takes care of everything for you.
I would recommend hinging the art to a board slightly smaller than the art and then attaching that board to the decorative backing with dollops of a flexible adhesive like acrylic panel adhesive. This will allow for some difference in expansion/contraction of the different boards. It will also allow for easy removal later. You can jsut "saw" through the dollops with a piece of #1 picture wire.

I would also recommend loose safety hinges on the sides and bottom of the art to keep the primary (top) hinges from "Peeling" if the art is turned sideways or up-side-down.

Check out the new hinging tips on the FrameTek web pages.