Many people mistakenly think that floater frames and float mounting are one and the same, since they both have the word “float” involved. The reason that “float” is part of both of these is that they work to give the impression of the art floating, but they are quite different. In fact, only one of them falls into the category of custom frames. Here is an explanation of each of these so you can determine which might be ideal for your needs.
- Float Mounting – This isn’t a description of a frame, but instead of the technique used when mounting. It is used when covering the edge of a piece of artwork is not desirable, such as the artist signature in the corner or a decorative edge. This is accomplished with either not using a mat board or creating a mat board opening that is larger than the artwork. This method can be used with photos, prints, documents, watercolors, charcoal artwork or pastel artwork.
- Floater Frames – This one actually is a frame. When you need custom frames for stretched canvas artwork that make it look like the art is floating, this is your best option. It works to keep the artwork from touching the inside edges of the frame with the use of offset clips. Floater frames can only be used for stretched canvases.
If you have questions about custom frames, including getting the floating effect that can be achieved with floater frames, don’t hesitate to contact us at Frameworks Gallery and Frame Design. We have more than 40 years of experience with custom frames, making us the oldest frame shop in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Our selection of frames is one of the largest on the East Coast, and with our expertise, we are confident we can provide your artwork with the framework it needs to look its best.