I like to use Metropolitan whitewashed maple frames to float my pieces, using the 102 profile for my larger pieces (or 114 for my smaller square ones) with a 1/2″ similarly finished wood spacer. I attach my work to the white Rising museum board using either 3 or 3 pairs of very strong small neodymium magnets, depending on the weight of the piece. (I tape a 1/2″ wide strip of 24 gauge galvanized steel to the back of the museum board, near the top, using Filmoplast tape.) The magnets are necessary since hinging tape cannot be used on the backs of the pieces — the tape would remove the fragile but stable white acrylic paint layer from the back of the piece. The magnets also make it much easier to put a new piece in the frame for another show. This way, storage, always a problem for artists, becomes much easier, as each piece of art is the thickness of the piece of Japanese paper with wax on it, and the pieces can be swapped in and out of the frames fairly easily.
The Metropolitan Picture frames I order ship with the museum board, backing board, and the plexiglas already sized to the frame, and along with their instructional information on their website, Metropolitan Picture Frames makes it very easy to put everything together. Their customer service is unmatched, and they will try their best to get your completed order to you when you need it.
I feel that the quality and workmanship of the Metropolitan Picture Frames that I use is unsurpassed and so beautiful — it really makes my work shine, in an understated kind of way — I can’t imagine using any other wood frames for my artwork — they are expensive, but they are worth every penny, and my clients are willing to pay for them too.
– Michelle Hegyi