SF Good Questions: Art Framing Materials on a Budget?

SF Good Questions: Art Framing Materials on a Budget?

leslie
Jun 23, 2008

Dear AT:SF, I need your help! I recently found an absolutely gorgeous art work on Etsy done on hand-made paper. The edges are quite uneven and the paper itself is very much part of the artwork. The seller suggests to use float mounting to hinge the work on a ragboard 2.5-3" inches wider than paper size, and a shadowbox type of frame with a depth that will allow at least 0.5" between the artwork and the glass (or rather conservation glass, museum quality)...

...Thus I would need a frame (or shadowbox) to accommodate a 26x21" work as well as an acid free matboard, spacers and UV filtering glazing. The seller estimates all these materials for about $200-240, which is quite high for my budget. So my question is where in Bay Area can I shop for such and pay less or at least save on cost of shipping?

Here is a picture of a similar framing technique just to give an idea what I am talking about. I would like much thinner frame (like 0.5" oak), which won't overpower the art...
Thank you in advance,

Valerie

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