How To Mount a Frameless Glass Display

How To Mount a Frameless Glass Display

Regina Yunghans
Feb 26, 2010

One easy way to mount a photo or print in frameless glass is with a good old faithful: the binder clip. Use silver finish ones in the smallest size available for a clean look. And the clips provide a way to hang the display, too:

What You Need

photo or artwork
matting cut to an appropriate size
1/8" glass cut to the same dimensions as the matting's outer measurements
four binder clips
chip board backing cut to the same size as the glass


1. Assemble the backing, artwork, matting and glass, careful to align the edges of everything.

2. Clip the binder clips onto the assembly: two at the top and two at the bottom, measuring whatever distance you want in from the sides.

3. Remove all of the wire prongs from the two bottom clips. There are two prongs per clip: one on the front and one on the back. Remove each one by pinching them toward the center then sliding them out of the clip body.

4. Remove only the front prongs from the two top clips.

5. The back prongs should remain on the top clips - in the "up" position" - to provide a place to hang the work.

Additional Notes: Be sure the upper binder clips have a tight hold. The tightness actually varies between clips and it's important you use the strongest ones from the batch if you're going to be hanging the work by the clips. If the clips aren't tight enough, the glass and everything else will slip and fall to the floor. But tight-fitting clips are more than strong enough to support the weight of an 11x14" piece of glass.

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