What Kind of Special Framing Tools Do I Need for Using Spacers?

Do I need framing tools when using spacers? We answer this common customer question in our latest blog post.

In short: there are no special tools needed for using spacers.

Our EconoSpace spacers are peel and stick, neutral pH plastic used to separate the acrylic from the mat board or artwork within the framing treatment. They create airspace between the art and acrylic in both wood and metal picture frames. This airspace helps prevent mold growth, paper buckling, image transfer and adhesion to the acrylic. We carry both black and clear spacers in ¼” (black and clear) and 1/8” (clear) lengths.

Black EconoSpace spacerClear EconoSpace spacer

As you can see in this post (http://www.americanframe.com/blogs/ask-mike/february-2014/custom-framing-a-3-d-fish-between-two-pieces-of-ac.aspx), you can cut spacers using electrician’s pliers or a sharp Stanley knife blade. Peel the protective paper from the adhesive on the spacer and adhere spacer directly to the acrylic.

Have you used spacers in any of your framing projects? We’d love to see the results. Share your images with us on social media!

For more information, see our related posts:

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AubreyK | 10/24/2014 11:09:47 AM | 6 comments
American Frame

Spacers are attached to the glazing.

Materials should not be forced too tightly toward the front of the frame so that expansion/contraction is hindered. This will also prevent indentation.
11/4/2014 4:00:34 PM

As far as conservation framing goes, is it a best practice to allow the spacers to rest on the artwork directly? Would that cause damage to art over time (indentations) or be prohibitive to the art's expansion/contraction due to temperature change? Or are these mostly non-issues?
10/24/2014 3:16:59 PM

American Frame

They can create a variety of different looks but they are also have a function. Creating that airspace between the acrylic and the artwork is essential!
10/24/2014 1:49:57 PM

American Frame

Any utility knife will work. Just be careful. The electricians pliers seemed to work the best.
10/24/2014 1:47:04 PM

If I don't have a Stanley knife, can I just use a box cutter?
10/24/2014 11:25:31 AM

Reid Anthony
This is handy! I am considering using one on my next framing project
10/24/2014 11:22:24 AM