We use the term "FRAME ONLY" to describe framing a piece without mats.
In this section you will see some examples of "frame only's" that we have done.
Here are some major points to make regarding this type of framing...

1). Technical / "Glass touching art" issues.
If you are framing something that is of significant value and requires glazing (glass, acrylic, etc..) you will need to utilize some form of "spacer" to keep the glass from touching the art.  Technically, art should never touch the glass because of "out gassing" from the art and other issues such as humidity & mildew that adversely effects the piece.

2). Less expensive.
This method of framing is usually less expensive because there are less parts involved.  Each "layer" of your frame job has a $ value attached to it.
For example...(from front to back)...
Frame / glass / top mat / mid mat / bottom mat / art / backboard / sealing paper / hangers & wire.

3). Simple.
Some people prefer the "simplistic approach" to framing. "letting the artwork stand out" etc....to each his own.

4). Frame matching.
There are 2 ways to best utilize "frame only's".
a). making the frame "blend" with the art or...
b). making the frame blend or match with some existing framing or wood tones that are near where your art will hang.
These are both important considerations that should be addressed at the design counter.

Here is a very good example of a "frame only" blending nicely with the art (photo).
This frame had a "rustic yet elegant" look that echoed the photo's "outdoorsy" feel.  The frame's purple undertones matched exactly with the photo's color tones.  VERY NICE.

Same way here...
This was an oil painting that we used a "mineralized" frame that echoed the canvas texture & colortone.

"Blendy" framing... Nice.
Hand-made from actual tree bark.

Here's a nice example of a canvas with a "FRAME ONLY" or "single frame".
The piece was approximately 25/40 and the fame blended perfectly with the 2nd horse coloring.

F R A M E S   W I T H    F I L L E T S

Fillet used on inside of  frame to add a deep red accent.

Small gold fillet used in
conjunction with a deep colored
mahogany frame for accent.
See our Law Enforcement and Military Website at www.BadgeFrame.com
Call us...(800) New-Frame / National Toll Free
© 2005 Baxter's Frame Works / Badge Frame / All Rights Reserved
3811 Schaefer Ave., Suite A  Chino, CA 91710   Local (909) 591-3033
EMAIL: fwbill32@verizon.net

HEY!!! Don't forget to sign our GUESTBOOK before you bail.