Framing

Frameless Displays

Acrylic Facemounts

 

By April Hann Lanford

Frameless Displays, Acrylic Facemounts

By April Hann Lanford

A frameless and contemporary way to display photographs; acrylic facemounts have become a favorite option among professional artists and galleries.  It provides a sleek, streamlined, and economical way to present works as large as 5 ft x 10ft.

What is an Acrylic Facemount?

The application of an optically clear adhesive directly to the face of a print and adhering it to a sheet of acrylic.  With the face of the print adhered directly to the acrylic and the elimination of space between the two, makes the colors appear more brilliant, and the details sharper than traditional framing.

The print is then backed with a rigid substrate such as dibond. A cleat is installed on the back for hanging, which then creates a frameless floating appearance of the completed work when installed on the wall.

The Process

The process begins with an image printed with archival Epson inkjet printed on archival photo paper. Our printing materials are known for their color accuracy, resolution, depth and vibrancy, and result in a museum quality print.

The print is then facemounted to a sheet acrylic using an Opti-clear, pH neutral adhesive with UV inhibitors.  Once facemounted print is backed with an aluminum composite called dibond and a full rigid wood or aluminum cleat back frame for simple, yet secure hanging

Since we use archival materials to create our acrylic facemounts, our process withstands the test of time. The acrylic and adhesive that we standardly use, blocks up to 90% UV rays.  Glazing upgrade options are available that give your mounted prints additional UV protection. A preferred option, which provides the highest UV protection that is also abrasion resistant, and anti-reflective, is Tru-Life Acrylic.

acrylic facemounts, tru-life glazing, gallery display, custom fabrication
anatomy of a facemount to acrylic

Contemporary and Customizable

Over the past decade, acrylic facemounts have become a popular contemporary presentation medium for photographers, art galleries, and fine art applications. Given its inherent sleek design, UV protective qualities, ability to be customized, it is an ideal medium for creating distinctive artwork.

Given its sleek and contemporary design, along with its inherent durability, acrylic facemounts are ideal for creating wall art for the home, public venues, and corporate offices.

If you would like to learn more, or to start a project with us, please contact:

April@artifactservices.com

312-344-0331

Examinations, condition reports, and related cost estimates

can be completed at one of our studios, online or onsite

Call or email us today to work with us on your project 

At Our Studios

Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

Online

We also welcome inquiries through email.

If you have questions about a general treatment or need an approximate cost for a project, you can send images and information about your piece.  When possible please include the following information:

Title, Artist, Medium, and Size

Condition Observations and Concerns

Images of the front and back, with any details.

We will call you to follow up and gather any further pertinent information.

Onsite

Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

Contact

Get In touch

april@artifactservices.com
(312) 344-0331
Main Location: 840 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL  60642

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Sat: 10am-2pm
Sun: Closed

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840 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Complimentary parking is available in the parking lot in front of the building

Additional Locations

We can also serve you by appointment at our other locations in the Chicagoland area.

Lake Forest-Highland Park

Lincoln Park

 

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