Re: Dry-mounting gum prints & gatorboard

From: kris ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 05/05/05-07:27:02 AM Z
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there's a slightly more expensive but MUCH more durable foam core-like
substrate called gatorboard (i believe).
most mounting shops have it, and the nice thing is it has a white OR
black core to it... unless things have changed, i believe foamcore is
only white (and you have to tape up the edges if you want anything
else... uck!)

ok, there are two other nice things about it: it's light (the same as
foamcore, i think), and you can pretty much step on it without so much
as a ding (tho i wouldn't recommend it)....

anyone else used the stuff?

Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
> Boy, Eric, I, too, have had a snafu with a frame shop as Katharine did.
> I picked up a $400 order that had to go out to a show overnight, and the
> frame shop had chosen the cream colored mat board I had indicated, but
> switched it to a BUMPY cream colored non archival one, that ugly
> son-of-a-gun stuff that looks like it came from Walmart. I could not do
> anything about it because I was under a time crunch, so I let it go, but
> never again. Now I communicate. Plus I switched shops. AND had to
> remount all the prints when they were returned from the show. It was an
> expensive lesson.
> I personally do not mount on foam core, but on archival mat board, the same
> as is on the front of my print as a window mat. But foam core nowadays is
> acid free so they say, and is considerered archival so they say, too.
> The problem with foam core is it dings easily, and it looks cheapish (not
> from the front, which is hidden). Plus it adds a lot of extra depth when
> you have to store the images in archival boxes. I usually mount on the
> archival mat board and then use a layer of foam core in the back of the
> frame for added thickness, and when I unframe them the foam core is easily
> put in another box and/or replaced.
> Chris
> From: "Eric Neilsen" <>
>> Here is a novel idea, tell them what to do. You should not let a
>> frame shop
>> do something for you, you should expect them to follow your instructions.
>> If they change the order; they redo it and pay for any damage to your art
>> work as a result of their failure to do as requested. Just like the
>> correct
>> viewing detail, it is up to the artist to know what to do with their
>> work to
>> get it framed. You can't rely on someone else to know what your work
>> requires. If you discuss your type of art work with them, you should
>> be able
>> to tell if they know what they are doing. After all you should, it is
>> your
>> work on the line.
Received on Thu May 5 07:27:17 2005

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