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Glass Size

What Do We Mean By Glass Size?

The “Glass Size” of a frame refers to the proper measurement to be used when fitting glass, matting, backing and artwork into a frame. A frame has a “Live Area” on the front, and the “Glass Size” easily determined by the back of the frame.

The Live Area

This refers to the glass and artwork seen from the front of the frame. We generally do not use the as a measurement as it can vary slightly from frame to frame. Typically, about ⅛” of the glass size is covered by the frame all the way around.

The Glass Size

To get accurate measurements for your glass, matting, backing and artwork, we measure what is called the “glass size”. This is measured from the back of the frame.

The example to the left will show you what to measure for your frames.

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