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Forum topic by MFranklin79 posted 04-03-2017 01:25 PM 366 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2017 01:25 PM

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I’ve built a frame for a picture that is 88”x22”. I can’t find glass (or Plexiglass/ acrylic) that long. I made the mistake of buying two Plexiglass pieces 44” long with plans to allow a hairline seam where the pieces meet, and noticed they will definitely bend outward at the seam where they come together just from their own weight. So would you (a) but two pieces of glass and repeat this plan knowing glass doesn’t bend, (b) put a thin brace to hold the Plexiglass in place at the seam where they meet breaking the panoramic picture in two, or© go to a specialty glass shop and pay big bucks for the perfect glass. This is a panoramic photograph I took and I was going to gift it to my father. The frame was built with care to be strong and not too heavy.

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#1 posted 04-03-2017 03:17 PM

From an ex professional framer: As large as the frame is, I would recommend 1/4” Plexiglas. And, the only place to get plex that large is at a glass shop – yes expensive. I wouldn’t trust glass this large to not break, unless it was 1/4” thick – heavy! – expensive, more so than plexi. I once built a frame, 96×48, to hold a captured WW2 Japanese flag, and used plexi because I didn’t trust a piece of glass this large.

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