The Anatomy of a moulding
The face of the moulding is its front and establishes its width. Mouldings usually have face dimensions between 15mm and 80mm.
The lip of the moulding is the space between the face of the moulding and the front plane of the glazing.
The rebate width provides a surface to hold the glazing.
The rebate depth separates the glazing and the artwork. The depth accommodates the window mat or the spacer.
The back of the moulding is its face width minus the rebate width.
The moulding height or outside is its overall thickness.
A shadow box consists of a mounted print, a square moulding and a spacer, which separates the print from the chosen glazing. It is a direct and simple look used for traditional framing.
A step is an option on some moulding shapes. This design element adds flair and distinction to the presentation and may step up or down.
A bevel-shaped moulding tapers away from the surface plane of the frame. Its appeal lies in the way it makes the image surface appear to float on the wall and the way it takes away the boxy appearance of the frame.
Another option for framing is the floating frame. It consists of a face and back mounted print. It is centered and attached within a frame, away from the sides of the mouldings and the back of the frame to give the appearance that the print is floating within a frame.
Internal Floating Frame
In addition to the floating frame, an internal floating frame is a back mounted print that is centered and attached within a frame, away from the sides of the mouldings, with a chosen type of glazing. This also gives the appearance that the print is floating within a frame, but under glazing.
We are a full service framing studio for all of your framing needs. We specialize in making custom frames for your unique project, from circular to oversized frames and more. Any combination of mounting and framing techniques can be explored to suit your needs. Please contact us to discuss any of these options for your next museum or gallery exhibition.