Ruth Mergi Ketubah Circles Multilayer

Framing: How to Get it Right

We heard from a client who wanted to frame their ketubah just like the one pictured. Here's how we replied.

The total frame width is about 18 x 24 inches. The sizes can be modified depending on which Ketubah was ordered.

  • The mat opening is about 11 x 17 inches. (This means that most of the margins of the ketubah are covered by the mat. The framer left about 1/2 inch margins around the papercut design, maybe a bit less.)

  • Frame depth is 1 inch.

  • We used double mat technique, if I recall correctly; there is a strip of silver, a couple of mm wide, next to the white mat. Or it could be a special mat. Not sure.

  • Not sure about angle or thickness of the mat. Probably 45 degrees? We didn't do anything unusual here.

  • Color of the frame and mat you should be able to discern from the photos. The mat is just a slightly lighter and whiter than the ketubah paper. The backing board is a bit darker, but still a relatively pale speckled beige / gray. The frame is what Israelis call "milky" natural wood. (For what it's worth, these were all among the less expensive choices at my framer's, as I had to frame 30 pieces for a show and had a budget to stick to! So you shouldn't have to break the bank here to get the same basic effect.)

  • Two layers of regular glass (reflective.) One atop the mat and artwork, and then a layer below that. Behind that are spacers, and then the backing board.

Below are some detailed snapshots that are helpful as well.

^ Final result!

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