Mounting A Ceramic Plate


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Founding Member
Jul 30, 1997
Leawood, Kansas USA
Searched the archives: can't ever figure them out anymore. :( some of the weirdest things come up.

I haven't done one in awhile and don't want to use visible mechanics. (Magic framing again?) It's a kid art project, plate mounted atop tempera paper. Possible not to see the mount without using adhesives?
1. Sink-mount the plate by nesting its round base in a hole cut into the tempera paper-covered mount board. (What is tempera paper, anyway?)

2. Build shadowbox sides the height of the nested plate above the mount board.

3. Lay on a clear acrylic sheet to hold the plate in place.

4. Complete the fitting with a final glazing of acrylic or glass spaced at least 1/8" away from the sheet that retains the plate.

You could also hold the plate in its sink by attaching a sheet of Melinex 516 to the back of a window mat with a round opening slightly larger than the plate, spaced accurately to fit the depth of the plate. In my experience, that is easier than the acrylic method, but any deflection/flexing of the clear film would be visible.

Both of these lean-the-nested-plate-against-a-sheet-of-something-clear methods will probably have to be re-done after expansion/contraction cycles cause abrasion of the retaining sheet.

Glues not only change the condition of the plate, but they have a nasty habit of failing later, too.

Are you sure you don't want to make padded, formed-rod mounts out of fine piano wire?
No, I'm not sure I don't want to use formed-rod mounts. Sounds a little easier than the nested plate against acrylic, so I may do the mounts. You use tubing, don't you? I think I can find that in the archives. Maybe.

The tempera paper was a shot at description: it's just a piece of kindergarten white paper with tempera paint in stripes. Is it also called "poster" paint?

Thanx for the quick reply: this is a rush, just like everything else this time of year.

"You use tubing, don't you?"

Shrink tube, MM.
Check your local electronics store, get the right size for rod / wire.
Place over rod / wire, heat with hot air gun or even a hair dryer works, though slower.
Usually several colours available, or clear might be better in many cases.
I mount plates by cutting circles to hold the plate in back and front. A nesting process which holds the plate in place but the top mat has to cover the rim of the plate.

Any chance you can remove the plate and apply the background to the top mat, then use a glass spacer so it won't touch the tempra paint.

Just a thought.
What's wrong with seeing the mounts, anyway? I think people think this is ideal, but once they see what the mounts really look like they wonder what they worried about. At any museum exhibit, you will see all kinds of priceless objects displayed with the mounts showing.

I have several plates framed as samples here and the matte black shrink tubing covered bent brass rod mounts detract not in the least.

edie the anditssoeasy goddess
Oh, it's just me. I love the look of magic framing. (Actually, the kiss-it-up-against-the-acrylic thing is as close as I can get to that, but...) I'll end up with some kind of visible mount and pout all the way through it.

Don't think I'd like black shrink tubing, however, on a white plate, so clear it'll probably be. We've used Mighty Mounts as well, but they are rather clunky in size for this.

Jeannette, I'm not using a mat, just placing the plate on the rectangle of painted paper. Good ideas, though, and thanx for them.