Frames for 14.5" x 22.5" Lead Graffiti broadsides

Frames for 14.5" x 22.5" Lead Graffiti broadsides


We had been wanting to do something to our display wall in Lead Graffiti for a couple of years and we finally did it. Once we started doing our Tour de Lead Graffiti project it kind of took over. It was such a major project in our lives that we wanted to keep it displayed. At the same time it took up a lot of space.

We were looking around for a frame that would both be fairly cheap or easy to make and easy to hang with minimal damage to the walls. We also love that our broadsides (another name for posters) are printed on wonderful paper with a nice texture and have the deckle-edge along the top and bottom.

Well, this is what we came up with.

Along the inside of the frame sides is a gentle curve routed into the wood (70″ radius if you are interested) into which you can slide one of our broadsides. In the top crossbar we’ve inserted two hooks across which you could stretch a wire for hanging. We’ve also drilled two holes at a slight angle into which you can insert a thin brad (nail) to make the smallest hole possible in your wall. The frames and posters are very light and do not need much support.

Our broadsides are always 14.5″ x 22.5″ (essentially half of a sheet of Somerset Textured paper. In the frame the broadside has a gentle curve which is supported by the crossbar supports for the frame, giving light a chance to show the texture more than if it was framed flat. We aren’t exactly sure how light fast the inks are that we are using and with the difficulty more and more to getting quality ink for letterpress, it is probably better to keep any broadsides out of bright sunlight.

If you come by our studio you can see the display and how it works.

The frame is made from a white, wood-like plastic material that is easily paintable with any of a variety of spray paints.

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