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WOOD FLOATER FRAMES for PAINTINGS ON STRETCHER BARS

PRESENTATION IS CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF ANY FINE ART EXHIBITION

Metropolitan manufacturers a line of floating frames specifically for painters. As a manufacturer we can offer you a floater frame selection of profiles, finishes, depths, and purchasing options to match your budget and expertise.  We provide both a 3/8" and 1/2" face to provide both aesthetic and structural options for small to very large artwork. See framing advice for fitting instructions.

PRESENTATION GALLERY

View our customer gallery to get a better idea of the presentation style that is best for your work.

  • Ann Haaland
  • John Chang
  • Bayard Hollins
  • Helen Cantrell
  • Richard Kirk Mills
  • Elizabeth Geiger
  • Victoria Veedell
  • Ellen Glasgow
  • Carol Jean Rogalski
  • Monika Steiner
  • Carol Amos
  • david-ridgway
  • John David Wisslerrev
  • Hazel Jarvis
  • frame-side-view-1-_web
  • Kesler Woodward
  • clarence-morgan
  • michael-rich
  • highland-fling1
  • frame-from-chicago-show
  • connieconnally
  • Artist:Ann Haaland
    Gallery:http://www.thewiredgallery.com/
    Website:http://www.annhaaland.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:04 national gallery pickled white
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    This work is an acrylic mixed media on canvas. My paintings involve collaged elements such as handmade and Japanese lace papers, acrylic mediums, gold leaf and glass.
  • Artist:John Chang
    Website:http://www.johnychang.net/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:15 white opaque
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    "Thanks so much to all of you! One of the curators loves this piece and the beautiful frame!" John Chang’s work expresses the dichotomy of his Chinese and American experience by juxtaposing traditional and unconventional symbols and images through the application of mixed media.
  • Artist:Bayard Hollins
    Gallery:http://www.visionswestcontemporary.com/
    Website:http://bayardhollins.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:124
    Wood:maple
    Finish:15 white opaque
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  • Artist:Helen Cantrell
    Gallery:http://www.cooleygallery.com/
    Website:http://www.helencantrell.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:123
    Wood:ash
    Finish:05 pickled white
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  • Artist:Richard Kirk Mills
    Website:http://richardkirkmills.net/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:unfinished
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  • Artist:Elizabeth Geiger
    Gallery:http://www.grossmccleaf.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:124
    Wood:maple
    Finish:hand stained by customer
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    "Still life has been my subject of choice for 20 years, probably because it allows me to control the light, colors involved, and objects. I return to familiar things, most of them culinary, letting the drama and surprise come from the arrangement, vantage point or the paint itself."
  • Artist:Victoria Veedell
    Gallery:http://www.robertallenfineart.com
    Website:http://veedell.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:ash
    Finish:black with black interior
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  • Artist:Ellen Glasgow
    Gallery:http://www.atriumgallery.net/
    Website:http://www.ellenglasgow.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:35 natural cherrry
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    Discovering Metropolitan Frames 20-plus years ago was a god-send…always dependable, helping me solve problems, plus great quality in finishes and attention to detail. I not only use their deep ‘floater’ frame exclusively for oversize works, but also for smaller canvases. My dealers in St. Louis, MO and Louisville KY love the handsome presentation as do my collectors.
  • Artist:Carol Jean Rogalski
    Gallery:https://www.asba-art.org
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:05 pickled white with black interior
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  • Artist:Monika Steiner
    Website:http://www.monikasteiner.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:ash
    Finish:14 charcoal with black interior
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  • Artist:Carol Amos
    Website:http://carolamos.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:123
    Wood:maple
    Finish:01 clear lacquer
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  • Artist:David Ridgway
    Website:http://www.davidridgway.net/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:cherry
    Finish:unfinished
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    I have enjoyed displaying my paintings on canvas in Metropolitan Picture Frames floaters for many years. They are simple and clean, complementing the paintings. I prefer unstained cherry which I treat with Howard’s Feed’n’Wax. The wood mellows and darkens over time. I generally have Metropolitan join the larger frames with matching splines.
  • Artist:John David Wissler
    Gallery:http://lancastergalleries.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:122
    Wood:cherry
    Finish:35 natural cherry
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  • Artist:Hazel Jarvis
    Website:http://hazeljarvis.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:122
    Wood:ash
    Finish:01 clear lacquer
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  • Artist:Michael Beck
    Gallery:http://www.paulthiebaudgallery.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:ash
    Finish:13A black lacquer
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    Metropolitan Frames produces the highest quality of frames available in a range of materials and types needed. Their customer service is impeccable. They are vigilant in their oversight and have contacted me quickly when they discover a mistake I have made in ordering. When an item was damaged in transit, it was replaced immediately. I choose to use their floater frames in black ash. The frames complete the presentation of my pieces by creating a strong border to separate the reality of my paintings from that of the wall where they hang.
  • Artist:Kesler Woodward
    Website:http://www.keslerwoodward.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:ash
    Finish:05 pickled white /black interior
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    I continue to sing Metropolitan's praises to all the artists I know, and to the considerable number of people who admire my frames. I not only love your product, but have never dealt with any firm that made me feel more welcome and supported and connected. Thanks so much to you all, for all you do!
  • Artist:Clarence Morgan
    Website:http://www.clarence-morgan.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:122
    Wood:maple
    Finish:05 pickled white
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  • Artist:Michael Rich
    Gallery:http://www.chacerandallgallery.com/
    Website:http://www.michael-rich.com
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:unfinished
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    I am always pleased with the high quality of the frames and the great customer service. I need my work to look its best and presentation has to be of museum quality. That’s why I choose Metropolitan Frames. I get the best frames for my work, always on time.
  • Artist:Hilary Eddy
    Gallery:http://www.rameyart.com/
    Website:http://www.hilaryeddy.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:ash
    Finish:unfinished with black interior
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    I am an oil painter and have been ordering my frames from Metropolitan Framing Company for more than 20 years. I have been very happy with their consistently efficient and friendly service and the great quality of their frames. I choose the floater frames in ash with the black interior for my large canvases, I like the clean simplicity of this look which does not detract from the paintings.
  • Artist:Mary Hatch
    Gallery:http://www.buttonpettergallery.com/
    Website:http://www.maryhatch.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:01 clear lacquer
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  • Artist:Connie Connally
    Gallery:http://www.sullivangoss.com/
    Website:http://www.connieconnally.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floater frame
    Profile:124
    Wood:maple
    Finish:unfinished
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    Metropolitan Frames clearly makes the finest, most well-crafted product I have seen. Plus, the company provides the most helpful customer service and website to answer every possible question. If I have needed to call or email with a question, I always received a prompt and helpful response. The floater frames I use to finish off my paintings are beautifully made; Metropolitan is as particular about their craftsmanship as I am. I feel confident my paintings look professional surrounded in these handsome frames.
Ann HaalandJohn ChangBayard HollinsHelen CantrellRichard Kirk MillsElizabeth GeigerVictoria VeedellEllen GlasgowCarol Jean RogalskiMonika SteinerCarol Amosdavid-ridgwayJohn David WisslerrevHazel Jarvisframe-side-view-1-_webKesler Woodwardclarence-morganmichael-richhighland-fling1frame-from-chicago-showconnieconnally

FRAME WIDTHS/DEPTHS

1/2″ FACE
The 1/2" face on this frame provides not only a more "substantial" look but is structurally stronger for larger work. It comes in 3 different depths and can be modified for non standard cradled panels. It is easier to join for customers who are assembling their own frames.
1/2? FACE
1/2? FACE
3/8″ FACE
The 3/8" face on this frame provides provides a minimal look. It is most often used on small to medium size work. It comes in two different depths which can be modified for non standard cradled panels
3/8? FACE

WOODS

Maple Maple
is our most popular wood. It is valued by museums and fine art galleries for its neutral appearance. Metropolitan Picture Framing clear lacquer and stain finishes are semi-transparent, allowing the grain of the wood to show. Our painted finishes are opaque and have seamless corners.
CHERRY Cherry
in its natural state has a light red color which makes the finishes have a depth of color that cannot be achieved on other woods. All woods will change color over time. Cherry gets darker giving it even a deeper concentration of color and grain. The wood is moderately heavy and hard. Cherry like walnut is more expensive than the other wood options we provide.
Ash Ash
is a very dense wood with a grain pattern that can complement or detract from the artwork. If the grain complements, it is a good choice because it is our least expensive option. Ash will vary in color and is not recommended on the clear and white finishes if consistency is important. It is most popular in our darker wood stains and charcoal and black finishes which will cover the inconsistencies.
Poplar Poplar
varies from light cream to yellowish brown, with occasional streaks of gray or green. Poplar is primarily used for painted or dark finished frames because of its color inconsistencies.  Poplar typically has a straight, uniform grain, with a medium texture.  Because Poplar is an inexpensive hardwood it is a good choice when price is a consideration.  Colors tend to darken upon exposure to light.

FINISHES

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finish maple 20 finish maple 35 finish maple 36 finish cherry 00 finish cherry 10 finish cherry 14 finish cherry 33 finish cherry 34 finish cherry 35 finish ash 00 finish ash 01
finish ash 02 finish ash 03 finish ash 05 finish ash 06 finish ash 13a finish ash 14 finish ash 15 finish ash 33 finish poplar unfinished finish poplar ebony finish poplar mahogany
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PURCHASING OPTIONS

UNJOINED JOINED
Uncut Lengths Uncut Lengths
All of our frame profiles can be purchased uncut in lengths. They can be purchased unfinished or finished to order. Lengths vary from approximately 8 to 12 feet (most will be 10′). We will come as close to the footage on your order as possible. Note that UPS will not ship over 8 feet. When ordering you can specify cut 5′ and balance, 6′ and balance, 7′ and balance, etc. On larger orders we normally ship by truck and cutting the lengths is not necessary.
Standard Join Standard Join
Frames are cut to your specifications, glued, and joined with our wedge system from behind so there are no visible nail holes. All frames are then touched up and sanded before they are finished to ensure the highest level of quality.
Cut to size Cut to size
Frames are cut to your specifications with mitred corners. This option will require that you have a method for joining the frames. It is commonly used by picture framers and woodworkers who have their own joining equipment.
Matched Splines Matched Splines
Spline joints are used for additional strength and beauty. Because the spline joint offers a larger glue area, the joint becomes very strong. They are necessary on very large and or very thin frames. Matching splines use the same wood as the frame and are less conspicuous than the contrasting splines. Spline joints are often used with painted white, black and graphite frames to add stability to their seamless corners. With the painted finishes they will not be visible.
Cut to size w/wedges Cut to size w/wedges
The wedge system makes the joining of wood frames as easy as joining metal frames. The frame comes to you unjoined, but the mitres have been routed out from behind with a special machine. You glue the corners and insert a plastic wedge and use a hammer to insert it into the prerouted slot. This system will allow you to adjust the corners until they are aligned. See framing advice. This option is often used by customers who are ordering large or oversize frames and want to save money on shipping.
Contrasting Splines Contrasting Splines
Spline joints are used for additional strength and beauty. Because the spline joint offers a larger glue area, the joint becomes very strong. They are necessary on very large and or very thin frames. Contrasting splines are made from a different wood than the frame and are used primarily to complement the overall frame presentation. They are only noticeable on unfinished or lighter wood finishes. This option is less commonly used than the matching splines.

PACKAGING & SHIPPING

PROFESSIONAL PACKAGING. Plastic wrap or coadhesive is used for protection on all frames. On joined frames cardboard is banded to the top of the frame package for extra protection. Styrofoam corners or angles are put on the top and bottom of the frame package. All packages come in a custom made corrugated box. Boxes are then taped and banded for ease in carrying and additional safety.

SHIPPING ESTIMATES are difficult to give because prices vary by zone, size, and weight. Most orders over $500 that do not require expedited shipping or oversize shipping should not exceed 15% of the order. Note: Although we do not have minimum orders, handling & shipping charges will be high if just ordering one individual frame. This is especially true on larger frames due to UPS oversize charges. To minimize shipping charges on single large frames, we recommend purchasing them unjoined with our wedge system. See framing advice.