Framing a 10' Photograph

Richard Darling

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I just had a customer bring in a 10' long panoramic photo (16" high) for framing. (Actually it was the photographer whose customer asked him to bring it in). Certainly metal frames are an option. I can get some in 12' lengths. Are there some tricks for using wood moulding for these kinds of dimensions?
 

FramingFool

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On occasion, with pieces with similar proportions, we have used 1" wide, 1/8" thick aluminum straps, connecting the top and bottom across the back ... assuming you're using a wood moulding wide enough to cover all that ....if you use two, each spaced 1/3 of the width, it gives you something to attach a Z Bar ...

Come to think of it, you might be able to use a metal moulding, too ... with the straps tucked inside the outer edge .... never tried it, but it sounds plausible....

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RRAF

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Hi Richard

I know the photo you're asking about and I know your customer. Is he bringing them in mounted/laminated and ready to frame or do you have to "make it flat"? I know Selbys in Bil can mount any length as long as you can find something to mount to (which Larry might have).
I told Mac I was going to buy one of these when he got them printed so I've been thinking about this problem as well.
Hope someone on the Grumble has a great idea. If you don't mind, let me know how you end up!
TTYL
 

Richard Darling

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He's going to laminate them. I think he wants me to mount it. It's going to hang up high in a Bank, so we're not doing any glazing. I hadn't thought yet about finding 10' foam core. I was too busy thinking about whether I have options for using moulding that doesn't come greater than 9' lengths. But when I get to the mounting issue, I wonder if I can just push it through my Seal Press 2' at a time?
 

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Anyone with a good roller machine nearby? They will be able to mount and laminate the whole piece easily for you.

Bracing the fram to itself will also be an important part, I would normally use staples to hold everything in place which takes care of that at the same time.

I would suggest getting a single length, even though it may limit the options a little, I just can't see it being worth it when there is almost certainly other good options available. Of course if you go on a good sales effort this becomes irrelevant...
 

brian..k

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For mounting if you are going to use a roller I would use plexi or aluminum as your backing. You will get a better surface look and a more rigid frame that way. I just did a 117" x 57" vintage opera poster and had APF/Munn make me a custom frame. There weren't to many prefinished mouldings available. If you go with a composite leaf or painted finish, custom frames arent to far off from mid to high end legnth mouldings.
 
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