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Re: frame color for cyanotype

Hi Barbara,

I get mine from American Frame, too. They do have some very nice wood frames with a narrow profile, clean lines. I often make smaller prints as well-- with fairly generous matting, and those narrow wood frames do look good with it. I don't know how people keep the metal ones from scratching. I take really good care of mine, but after one or two shows-- that's it. I can't bear to use them if they're scratched. I did try getting out the scratches with steel wool, and that did work on the less deep scratches. Interestingly, I've also found that wood frames tend to encourage sales-- no scientific results here-- but I have noticed that if I put the same image in the same mat, but in a wood frame-- it seems to get a closer look. Interesting, since I always thought some of the Nielsen metal frames-- like the ones you mention-- were quite nice.


On Oct 14, 2008, at 12:42 PM, Barbara Izzo wrote:


Like Katharine, I use Nielsen frames from American Frame. For most of my work (including cyanotype), I use the aluminum frame labeled "Pewter." This is quite different from the "German Silver" used by Katharine and Diana. (It looks more like pewter to me.) For a few cyanotypes, I have used "Frosted Silver" frames. This color is not appropriate (in my opinion) for a general all purpose frame but works well for some images. For toned cyanotypes, I often use a "Graphite" frame.

I have never used wooden frames. Most of my work is small (4x5, 5x7, rarely larger than 8x10) and I've felt that wooden frames would be overpowering. I probably should rethink this and give it a try sometime.

I agree with the comments about black frames. I was in an exhibit last year which required black frames, and I felt that the black completely changed the mood of my pictures.