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Question T-Hinge vs V-Hinge

HB

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Joined
Mar 26, 2003
Messages
1,753
Seems like the recommended hinge for a floating mount is the V-hinge whereas anything over-matted is a T-Hinge. Why?

My tests tell me a T-hinge is more resistant to problems when the framing is transported or stored by mistake with the art hinges on the sides rather than the top. T-hinges seem just as easy to apply, just have to be positioned lower so they are hidden by the art. I would also say that the v-hinge has a design which tends to encourage gradual movement of the hinge (and artwork) at the bend line as it is much easier to pull away from the board at this point than shear the hinge lengthwise in the case of a T-hinge.

Am I missing something??
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Joined
Apr 5, 2008
Messages
31,189
Hi, Howard. The difference might lie in whether the floated paper is V-hinged directly to the backing, (weak), or if the hinges are wrapped around a smaller mat/foam platform, which is then attached to the main float back. In that case, the hidden platform adds support to the hinges. There are also pass-through hinges, which you likely already know. And you've probably checked this out, but this is great:
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https://frametek.com/articles/art-hinging-tips/
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https://frametek.com/articles/art-hinging-tips-part-2/
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Rick Granick

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Joined
Jun 30, 1999
Messages
18,941
Yes. What you are describing is the difference between shear mode and peel mode. For floating, you can either wrap the hinges around a slightly undersized backing which is then attached to your overall mat, as Shayla mentioned, or use pass-through hinges.
:cool: Rick
 
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