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FLOATER FRAMES

Custom Wood Floating Frames for Paintings on Panels

Metropolitan manufacturers custom floating frames that are designed for paintings on panels with or without cradles. They are available in 4 different woods, 3 different widths, 32 finishes (with or without black interiors) and 4 different depths.  All are available in length, cut to size, cut to size with wedges, or joined with or without splines.  Complete framing advice instructions and videos If your panel is on a cradle see framing advice for attaching your panel paintings to the floating frame. If you are purchasing a cradle with your floating frame see framing advice on how to attach a panel painting to a cradle . If you are not using cradle see framing advice on attaching a painting to a panel floating frame.  

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  • Artist:Sharon Cosgrove
    Gallery:http://www.artworksnepa.com/
    Website:http://www.sharoncosgrove.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:122
    Wood:maple
    Finish:18 Rising White
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    Sharon Cosgrove "My paintings are composed of countless layers of transparent acrylic, oil and cold wax mediums." Paintings are Oil on linen, mounted to wood panels
  • Artist:John Wood
    Gallery:http://www.arthaus-sf.com
    Website:http://www.johnwoodart.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:120
    Wood:maple
    Finish:01 clear lacquer
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    Successive layers of graphite, crayon, oil pastel, pigment stick, and/or enamel combine to build each work of art. Finally, I mount the drawing to a panel and apply several layers of wax to seal and protect the surface. In this way, I try minimize the feeling of separation between the art and the viewer that often occurs when the drawings are behind glass.
  • Artist:Irena Kononova
    Website:http://www.irenakononova.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:120 with cradle
    Wood:maple
    Finish:unfinished
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    These landscapes are void of figures, but I manifest human presence by subtle, sometimes ominous signs. I fill my compositions with biomorphic shapes that blur the boundaries between organic flesh and crystalline mass and merge life with dead matter. The multiple layers of paint correspond to the geological layers of soil. My materials carry with them the realization of the metaphor: turpentine leaks like flowing water; the sand is a product of long interaction between stones and waves and is one of the physical components of my work. My process of mixing sand with paint to create textures, becomes a symbolic gesture of reconciliation between the world of art and the world of nature.
  • Artist:Alex Wilhite
    Gallery:http://www.laurarathe.com/
    Website:http://www.alexwilhite.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:01 clear laquer with black interior
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    My years of experience in traveling throughout the world guide my inspiration about the value of color, which changes every hour as every day. My perception of color is the value of the primary colors changing into varieties of colors as “Meditation Myth”. High or strong colors that define outline and strong contrast are both incorporated into my style of painting. I am drawn to follow the value of nature’s colors as they change from sunrise to sunset. This requires the employment of homemade paint from dust to create my vision of art.
  • Artist:Jennifer Bain
    Gallery:http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/
    Website:http://www.jenniferbain.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:120
    Wood:maple
    Finish:01 clear lacquer
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  • Artist:Andrew Rauhauser
    Website:http://www.amrfineart.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:125
    Wood:maple
    Finish:05 pickled white
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    The paintings here are best described as non-narrative contemporary realism, which is to say there are no stories in these pictures. Here you will find portraits, figures, still life and landscapes -- traditional genres of fine art -- done in non-traditional ways. I love all kinds of painting, especially traditional modes and I want to extend these genres, keeping them vital by employing techniques, devices and materials introduced in the 20th and 21st centuries by cubism, abstract expressionism, pop art and digital technology as well as my own inventions.
  • Artist:Bridget Parris
    Website:http://www.bridgetparris.com
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:122
    Wood:maple
    Finish:17 rising white
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  • Artist:Kesler Woodward
    Website:http://keslerwoodward.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:125
    Wood:maple
    Finish:05 pickled white /black interior
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  • Artist:Charles Marburg
    Gallery:http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/
    Website:http://www.charlesmarburg.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:125
    Wood:maple
    Finish:15 white opaque
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  • Artist:Andrea Pramuk
    Website:http://www.andreapramuk.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:123
    Wood:maple
    Finish:01 clear lacquer
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  • Artist:Scott Gellatly
    Website:http://www.scottgellatly.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:106
    Wood:maple
    Finish:01 clear lacquer
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  • Artist:Betsy Davidson
    Gallery:http://www.bowerygallery.org/
    Website:http://betsybdavidson.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:125
    Wood:maple
    Finish:04 national gallery pickled white
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  • Artist:Ginny Herzog
    Website:http://www.herzogart.com
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:122
    Wood:maple
    Finish:01 clear lacquer with black interior
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    Architecture has been the inspiration for my art for over twenty years. I photograph architecture, both interiors and exteriors, manipulate the photos in Photoshop, frequently eliminating objects or distorting the context of the original image. By piecing portions of different architectural elements that are unrelated to each other, I construct new, intriguing, familiar, yet unfamiliar architectural forms in my paintings. Compositions are constructed for a fusion of multiple perspectives. My application of oils mixed with cold wax medium sometimes suggest fresco walls; linear detail with graphite, crayons, oil sticks and pencils provides a visual pathway throughout the painting and may imply elements of an architectural drawing. I work on archival Claybord panels from Ampersand, using several of their surfaces, depending on the results that I wish to achieve.
  • Artist:Fatima Ronquillo
    Gallery:http://www.wallyworkmangallery.com/
    Website:http://fatimaronquillo.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:custom floating frame
    Profile:120
    Wood:maple
    Finish:19 graphite
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    The classically inspired imagery of Santa Fe-based painter Fatima Ronquillo evokes a world of serenity and charm. Her paintings of mysterious personages, often set against pastoral and idyllic landscapes, are accented with an underlying sense of drama and playfulness. These intimate works are painted in the style of European old masters coupled with a magical realism rooted in folk and colonial Latin American traditions. Hers is an authentic voice that echoes from an inner world where art history meets with nostalgia and imagined characters from literature, theatre and opera.
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FRAME WIDTHS/DEPTHS

1″ Face (Cradle)
The 1" 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
1/2″ Standard 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″ Thin 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
PANEL
Our panel frames were designed to accomodate most paintings on wood panels. They are often used by plein air painters.
PANEL

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
finish poplar burnt cherry finish poplar walnut Call customer service for free cuttings

 

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.