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Posted by: Marcio Faustino on 01/08/2013 - 10:29 AM

I experimented with traditional contact print and now I am search to see which frame/mat looks better on them. And this is the result.

But now I have trouble on cutting the mat because it never looks sharp perfect.

Could I have your help sharing your opinion about the mat colour, frame size, frame shape, etc, etc? :)


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Posted by: Philip Sweeck on 01/08/2013 - 10:41 AM

I also want to start making contact prints from 4x5 negatives from a pinhole camera. There's something about a small print / image and how it invites the viewer to peer into it.

I used to cut many mats too and was never happy with the not perfect sharp corners. I would go for pre-cut mats, that are machine cut if you want the absolute best. For your image, I would have cut it with same width borders all around. has many mats in bulk prices...


Posted by: Alfred Ng on 01/08/2013 - 10:48 AM

I think because of the small size, you should use a shadow box frame without the mat. Chose one with at least an inch and half deep and leave lots of space around the photo.


Posted by: Ann Powell on 01/08/2013 - 10:52 AM

I recently saw some small photos, about this size , that were rectangular in shape but in a simple gallery style square frame and white mat with a rectangular opening. They looked really eye catching. . As I recall the mat was at least 2.5 inches in width, possibly a little more. I have never looked at, very glad to know about it. I will check it out. I assumed that these mats were custom cut, since I have never seen any square ones with a rectangular cut out. I think square frames are very popular right now in contemporary decor.
I can not cut mats, just have to rely on pre cut. I also agree with Phillip that on the one you are showing it would look better with the matt closer to the same width all around.


Posted by: Marcio Faustino on 01/08/2013 - 10:58 AM

Philip Sweeck,

I am starting to give up to do the mat myself and to by pre made frames. Instead it might be better contract a frame builder to do that.

Alfred Ng, I never liked shadow box frames for photographs, but your suggestion make me think those thick and deep frames which now I want to try.



Posted by: Marcio Faustino on 01/08/2013 - 11:02 AM

Ann Powell,

My biggest problem is to find the good option of frames on this size to do the matt closer to the same width all around.


Posted by: Alfred Ng on 01/08/2013 - 11:03 AM

When you mount the photo you should make it floating ( slightly raised ) and not direct attach on it.


Posted by: Steve Godleski on 01/08/2013 - 11:04 AM

Your best bet would be to just keep practicing cutting the mats and soon you will be pleased with the result. The glass free standing frames are always nice for small photos.

Good Luck


Posted by: Marcio Faustino on 01/09/2013 - 12:02 PM

I went to a gallery today where I asked for a customised mounted frame. 2cm matt and 2cm frame. I will be ready next week. It is a bit more expensive than pre made frames but at last I get exactly what I want.

I am thinking about make many prints like this one and since they are small I can put many of them in a bag and visit many galleries to show them.

Since it is traditional print I think it makes them more collectable, so I also think about make limited edition of them to make them even more collectable, together with my signature on each.

Even if there are those who think only the negative are originals. In my point of view, since each print is hand made I consider them originals too. And the scanned images copies.

I show the new frame when I have it ready. :)


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 01/09/2013 - 12:44 PM

Marcio, once you get your frames/mats sorted, these will be lovely.

I've always shown framed miniature prints at my real-world shows -- some as small as 2" square. At that small size, I hard a hard time making perfect cuts so, eventually, began having them cut at a local frame shop. Because of the small size, they usually cut the mats from selvage left over from other jobs, and gave me a great discount price.

Viewers seem to love tiny, framed art. It really encourages them to step closer and lean toward the images. :-) To display these tiny works, I purchase acrylic display stands that are actually designed to hold pocket watches and other small accessories. At shows, I include the stand in the purchase price.

I've used a variety of framing treatments: simple black frame/white mat for vividly colored, contemporary images, and gold frames (some simple, some ornate) with a cream frame for more traditional nature shots and fancy, spiral or curvy images. I can, sometimes, find great deals on small, sturdy, wooden frames at Ikea, which I paint and finish, then just have the mats custom-cut.

Best of luck with your project; I look forward to seeing the finished product!


Posted by: Marcio Faustino on 01/09/2013 - 6:49 PM

Thank you Wendy.

It is actually a strange thing that photographs that I thought was just ok printed on 8x10 seems to be more interisting smaller.

I can't wait to get the new frame ready. I am very positive about it.


Posted by: Marcio Faustino on 01/11/2013 - 7:44 AM

I am trying to think about how many limited edition offer and how much to charge.

If I offer 10 limited edition costing 200.00 euro each (which is about 260.00 dollars), does it looks reasonable? Too little for a limited edition? Too much for a small print?

Would you guys help me think about it?


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