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The John Annesley Company floater frames have a clean and elegant look. There is no lip or edge of frame overlapping the face of your picture, just a small gap of air (the float) and then the face of our finely finished wood border. There is no danger from the frame's wood acid touching the painting surface. A floater frame is easy to install with screws from the back that attach to your stretcher bars.
Floater Frames - Maple or Basswood
We custom make each floater frame from your choice of basswood or maple wood. They can be provided unsealed, stained, or coated with clear lacquer. When coated with lacquer, basswood can look very similar to maple, and weighs much, much less. The example pictures below are all made with basswood. Maple's "muted peach tone" is a cooler colored wood compared to the warm yellow of basswood. We added the option of maple because it is a traditional choice for framing, though much heavier. Compared to basswood, maple is a bit more ding and scratch resistant and has a more pronounced grain pattern consistent with the traditional, maple frame look.
Floater Frame Face Widths
Our standard floater frames have a 5/16" face; a 5/8" face is optional at the same price. We also have a 3" face available. The face is the side of the frame that will surround your artwork and show on the same plane as your artwork when mounted on the wall.
Floater Frame Depths
Our standard floater frames come in a 1-1/2" depth or a 2-1/2" depth. When combined with spacers or inserts, they can be used with many different depths of stretcher bar paintings, cradled panels, strainers or plein aire panels. If your unsure which floater frame depths to use with your artwork, call or email us with the dimensions and depth of your artwork and we can help determine which depth of floater frame will work best. If needed, we'll make inserts/spacers to raise your art to correctly match the face of a floater frame. This is also a great option to improve the appearance of art pieces created on masonite, gatorboard, canvas panels or other thin panels.
Floater Frame Finishes & Stains
The finish on your basswood or maple floater frame can be provided to you three different ways:
Floater Frame Instructions
We provide instructions so that a floater frame is easy to install. You use the screws we provide in the pre-drilled holes on the back and attach your stretcher bars to the frame.
Mounting Your Artwork in a Floater Frame
Paintings created on our 3 ply mahogany panels or created on masonite, gatorboard, canvas panels or other thin panels can easily attach to our specially-designed floater frames with the velcro tabs we provide.
Larger sizes of floating frames can be shipped unassembled with thumbnail inserts/butterfly wedges for you to use in assembly. This requires glueing, the wood glue is not provided.
Mouldings for Frameshops
All variations of our floater frame mouldings and cap mouldings are available in lengths for retail frame shops. We can provide chop service too.
Basswood floater frame sealed with a clear lacquer.
Click here to see the 22 minwax color stains available.
Just received the floater frames- they are perfect. I am so pleased with them. I will definitively want to order more.
(Each picture frame shown here is basswood, maple is also available)
|Floater Frame with 5/16" face (F1.5 or F2.5)||5/16" Floater with an Image inset||5/16" Floater - rear view
(5/16" face is the standard, 5/8" face available on request at no extra charge.
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|Floater Frame with 5/8" face(F1.5 or F2.5)||5/8" Floater with an Image inset||5/8" Floater - rear view
|Floater Frame with 3" face(WF3)||3" Floater with an Image inset||3" Floater - rear view
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