Acrylic Frames

I love the look of acrylic frames with metal fasteners (especially brass) in the corners. It's such a unique way to display art, but still neutral enough to let your art be the star.


I was excited to find a really affordable collection of these frames at MUJI (which is a beautiful store - feels sort of like the Japanese version of IKEA).



The largest size is about 12x16, so not huge, but still pretty good size. Perfect for an 8x10 or even a little bigger. If you have some tips on REALLY big acrylic frames, I'm all ears. I have a series of hand-painted panels that I'd love to frame this way. I found some huge sheets at Home Depot that I'm going to go investigate.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

25 comments:

Lauren Kent said...

such a good way of displaying art!

Laurie said...

These are great frames. I also love the blue velvet couch!

Erika Del Valle said...

I love MUJI! We don't have one here in Houston, but I've purchased from their online store. I love how everything is so simple and clean...

HannahJ said...

LOVE this idea! The posters from Etsy that you posted earlier in the week would look lovely in these as well- especially in a super huge one! Please repost if you hear of any! I also like the idea of these for prints like you said!

Anonymous said...

most acrylic fabricators can cut you a piece of acrylic (custom sizes). they also make great table tops or shelves if you have kids and don't want to use glass. you can get them with the green edges also if you want that glass look. or without. also, great for plate stands or risers (minimalist). just remember, you can not use windex to clean them. over time they develop a film. kelly

Wendy said...

Years ago, my mother framed a group of old doilies in acrylic, with just little silver clips. I'm sure it was done with those HD sheets.I loved the combo of 'granny' and modern. Can't wait to see your results!

lemondropdreams said...

I love the look of them too but have not been able to find any,...

MaxxSilly said...

At my museum we do this all the time. We get the acrylic from a fabricator. We hang it with clear mirror clips. It alwyas looks great. Nice and clean.

Molly @thewaffler said...

I've been thinking about blowing up some pics for my husband for xmas -- I never would have considered acrylic frames if you hadn't posted about it. Thanks!

Kristen said...

Jenny- I would love to have more info on how to inexpensively hang big pieces! I am wanting to blow up an artsy picture of my girls (36x48), but framing is soooo expensive. Please keep us posted on ideas for those of us on a budget (or a zero budget!)

Emily said...

I've been wanting acrylic frames (that look nice, not the cheapy looking photo holding magnets and the like) but hadn't found a good source. I did find some at home depot but haven't used it yet. I'm definitely looking forward to your tips.

Anonymous said...

Jenny:

I have a large (31 x 115) hand painted Chinese wallpaper panel that I intend to frame this way. I've done a lot of investigating into how to do frame a panel of that size affordably. Below is my plan:

Crystal clear plexi is the most expensive part of the process. I got multiple quotes for a piece of plexi the size I need: 1/8 thick, 31 wide, 115 tall. I intend to get my plexi from Clinton Glass, on 9th Avenue. My local hardware store will provide masonite cut to the same measurements, for $25. I intend to use swiss clips, at $6 per pack, and from dickblick.com, where I also got your silver adhesive Duralar paper. I'll put the masonite on the back, roll out the panel, place the plexi on top, and clip the pieces together with the swiss clips.

All in, my hand painted panel would have cost over $1,500 to frame. The plexi/masonite combo comes in at $135. Not bad! To create a plexi sandwich, instead of a plexi-art-masonite sandwich, would add about another $100. Clinton Glass will do the bracket attaching for you. Not a bad way to go, either.

It won't be *exactly* the same, as I'm not going to make the plexi oversized of my art to add the brass brackets, but it's quite doable, totally not permanent, and a relatively quick fix for not much cash.

(By the way, according to the framing stores I've been visiting, glass, when cut that size, will crack if left leaning on a wall, which is how I intend to display the panel I have.)

Good luck with your choices, and let me know if you want to go to Clinton Glass this weekend.

--Laurie

R. Pyper said...

I framed some big photos of my kids with a sheet of metal on the back and a thin sheet of Plexiglas on the front — the frames are about 30 inches square. The fabricators drilled holes for me, and I connected the front and back with bolts. Each frame cost about $30 total, which seems totally reasonable considering how large the art is.

Sara D. said...

home depot and lowes cut to size. sandwich art between two pieces and add sign standoffs http://www.displays2go.com/Category.aspx?ID=2493.
drilling holes in the plexi i cover with painters tape first - seems to help prevent cracks. hope this might help!

Molly @ The Nesting Game said...

This is just the ticket for framing some oversized art I have for our living room. Thanks, Jenny and you helpful commenters!

I have a big beach photo blown up. Similar to a Massimo Vitali, but... not.

http://thenestinggame.com/2011/07/08/experimental-art/

Jennelise said...

I have never seen these before! They are really neat! I love the classic sleek look. Very unique - thanks for sharing!
Jennelise

Emily @ Little Bits of Delight said...

I've never seen this style of framing! There's a place here in San Francisco (That's a chain, I think) called Tap Plastic. They have everything a girl could ever want in acrylic, and if they don't they'll make it for you on site - affordable, too! I recently had a top cut for a bookchelf in FDA grade cutting board plastic for $20! They drilled the holes, trimmed the corners to match my bookshelf (now a small bar) and everything!

Hope this helps ♥

Celeste said...

This is so pretty. I might invest in some for a couple pieces at home.

Celeste said...

This is so pretty. I might just have to update a couple of frames at home.

Jesyka said...

Have you ever checked out http://www.inventables.com/ ? My husband and I are planning on building an acrylic frame to go over some relief-type art we are making, and we have been checking out this site for it. :)

Sharyn said...

I like the clean look of these frames too. Sometimes you just want something simple!

Pigtown*Design said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Muji! No trip to NYC is complete without a visit to Muji. I discovered them in the UK several years ago and have been addicted since!

theitgirlproject.com said...

I LOVE this Idea, now I'm just trying to think of where I can put some of these up!

Carla Pysh said...

If you have any photographer friends... professional labs can print directly onto acrylic as well. The prices start at $100.

cybersleuth said...

Muji looks nice. There is a company in Denver that does this nicely, just send a photograph and they do the rest. Check them out at www.artisticacrylics.com.

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