Picture Framing and Art Preservation/Float Mount Large


(I saw an earlier post that almost addressed this issue, but the work in question was not as large as this.)  I have 48"x60" pencil drawing on 120 lb hotpress paper that I would like to float mount. Given the size, I wanted to use Acrylic glass, but I'm wondering if there will be an issue with static, or because of the size/weight of the paper, would that not be an issue. Is it possible to make this work?  Thanks!

Sure, there's no reason this can't work. You just need to be sure that the artwork is adequately supported and that you have a little extra insurance to keep it somewhat flat against the mounting board.

When you hinge it across the top, use one hinge about every twelve inches. Depending on whether the 48x60 is in a portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal)orientation this would be either four or five hinges evenly spaced out across the top edge.

Normally, and traditionally, framers will tell you that artwork can only be hinged across the top. However, hinges can be applied along the sides in cases like this to keep artwork under control. It just has to be done correctly.

I would place one hinge about halfway down on each side, and one an inch or two up from the corner on each side. The hinges will stick out horizontally. Then attach the hinges just like you would the top hinges, except making sure they are a bit slack. This will hold the artwork in place and prevent it from swinging forward or being pulled by static, but it will still be loose enough to allow the art to expand and contract the way it needs to.

I hope this is helpful, and please feel free to send me any follow-up questions you may need for clarification.  

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David Lantrip, MCPF, GCF


I can answer questions about all aspects of framing, with special emphasis on preservation framing. Categories of artwork include works of art on paper, needlework, textiles, paintings on canvas and three-dimensional objects. Components of framing includes frames, glass/glazing, mats, mounting, their features and how to select them.


I have been a professional picture framer and educator in the field since 1994, including framing education for a major franchisor encompassing three brands and the Professional Picture Framers Association, and writing and teaching for DECOR Magazine.

Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) > Board member, PPFA > Member, Certification Board > Member, Chapter relations Committee National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR)

DECOR Magazine, 2005 - 2010 PPFA For Members Only newsletter Member of the PPFA Guidelines task force, assisted in writing PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Paper and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Canvas, and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Textiles and Needlework. Picture Framing Magazine, 2012

Georgia State University, many classes as a student and educator through the Professional Picture Framers Association and DECOR Magazine. Current member of the PPFA guidelines task force and certification board.

Awards and Honors
Earned Certified Picture Framer (CPF) designation in 1996, Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) designation in 2004 and Guild Commended Framer (GCF) status in 2008.

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