Friday, October 28, 2016

Turtle Skull

Art Display Essentials: Turtle Skull: Turtle skull on "Spider Mount" armature display stand available at

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Freestanding Barriers

This barrier is the standard in many of the world's major museums.

The stable steel base and upright supports an elasticated cord that defines restricted access but gives to the touch without tripping or injury. This barrier features our injection moulded top that helps prevent 'little fingers' from removing the cap. The base is hollow in the centre to provide weight only where it is required and is cushioned with slip resistant neoprene pads to improve grip and protect polished floor surfaces.
The barrier comes in a variety of finishes.
Grey- powdercoated


Stainless Steel
Below is a picture of the Freestanding Barriers surrounding one of our Wall Mounted iPad Reader Rails. 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Flush Mount Track

The hanging track range is ideal for environments where the works of art are changed frequently or where it is inappropriate to damage the wall surface.

This is our most robust track. With the correct installation it will carry loads of half a ton. At the same time, it is also our most discreet track, with a narrow slot of just 8 mm visible when the track is installed. The Flush Mounted Track has been designed for installation during the construction phase, and will blend seamlessly with the building structure to provide a readily accessible fixing, enabling artworks to be hung at any point and any height. Artworks can then be hung using a variety of materials including transparent cord, stainless cable or stainless rod. We have found this extrusion to be of particular interest to architects and designers as it is easy to install during construction and provides a flexible system with a very low visual profile.

·         Stainless Steel Rods provides the most rigid installation, can be supplied in silver or white and will support artworks up to 110 lbs (50 kg) per pair.
·         Stainless Steel Cable will provide the strongest flexible cable system and will support artworks up to 77 lbs (35 kg) per pair.
·         Perlon Cord is semi-transparent and blends with most surfaces and is the best choice for a discreet installation. Will support artworks up to 55 lbs (25kg) per pair.

The GL series of hooks and hangers will only work with the stainless steel cable.
Each cable or rod requires a top block.
*Screws not included due to different use scenarios*
All of these systems are compatible with the Ryman hanger range for a higher level of security.

For the best result we recommend installation during the construction phase of your project. After fixing, most of the track is then covered by the drywall cladding, meaning that the Flush Mount Track becomes a seamless element of the building.
The track comes pre-drilled ready for fixing. If you wish to hang very heavy artworks (in excess of 250 lbs) then we recommend drilling more frequent fixing points. The track can then sustain loads in excess of 1100 lbs with the appropriate clips and rods. We recommend that you contact us for larger top blocks.
The track comes pre-drilled so just screw into place making sure that the edge marked top is uppermost. Refer to the illustration if in doubt. Repeat this process for the second section after inserting one of the pins (supplied) halfway into the 2mm opening at the end of the track and use this pin to engage with the next section. This will ensure all the tracks align beautifully.
This track is the strongest discreet track on the market. If you intend to hang very heavy works (in excess of 250 lbs) then we recommend drilling additional holes along the top edge.
When the track is installed, the drywall is applied over the top of the fixing flanges so that only the core of the track remains visible. The drywall can then be skimmed where required and the extrusion has a small ‘tooth’ to the edge of the lip to aid the application of a skim coat. We recommend applying a strip of 15mm masking tape to the face of the track for protection during this process.
With Perlon cord, feed the cord through the top block and ‘hook’ it into the track.
With stainless cable, feed the cord through the top block and ‘hook’ it into the track.
With stainless rods, hook the top block into the track and screw the rods into place from beneath.
Slide the appropriate barrel up the cord or rod from the bottom and tighten at the required height with the bolt heads facing toward you. It’s much easier to do this with the two lengths side by side so that the barrel heights match.
For artworks with cord on the back, just place the cord over the hook. If you are using the Small Ryman Hanger, hook it over the small bolt and discard the large one and vice versa for the Large Ryman Hanger. For maximum strength be sure to tighten both the bolt (using a screwdriver) and the grub screw (using an allen key).
With the rods at the correct distance apart, the artwork is lifted into place so that the protruding boltheads engage with the the Ryman plate on the back of the artwork.
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Monday, October 10, 2016


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Label Holders

Information is another important part of the museum experience so free standing signs and wall signs are widely used. Wall hung label holders are commonly used next to artwork to identify the artist and describe the artwork.

 Sleek Simplicity

The Label Holder is an industry standard. Absolute has completely re-engineered it to make it slimmer, stronger and cost effective.

Inform Effectively and Discreetly

The objective is to offer information in the simplest, least distracting manner possible, and the Label Holder does this by displaying information about the artwork in an easy to read and discreet manner. Close enough to inform but not so close as to distract. The Label Holder works by sliding the cover to one side and inserting the information ‘label’.


Dimensions and Finish

The Aluminium-Backed version of our Label Holder has a thin extruded aluminium backplate with a clear acrylic cover. It has the advantage of being extremely slim, robust (it will last far longer than the all acrylic version), cost effective and comes with a single screw fixing (on the smaller sizes) to aid positioning and leveling. Sizes range from 2x4 to 11x14 Landscape. 

Useful Tips and Guidelines

For the smaller sizes of Label Holder with a single screw fixing, displays that may be subject to touching by the public can be ‘fixed in place’ by putting a small dab of blue tack in one corner on the back of the Label Holder. Then when the holder is level and the screw tightened, it will remain in that position.

When installing on a fabric-covered wall, a screw fixing will probably damage the surface of the material. In this instance we recommend using one of the hardened steel pins with a shallow brass head from picture hanger hooks, as these will sit within the countersink and pierce between the fabric threads, leaving little or no damage, even, when done carefully, on silk covered walls.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Brass Caliper Stands

The sleek design of these brass calipers gives them a very elegant look. They come with rubber pads on the inside screw tips and are solid brass. They are also available with a silver finish.

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Flat Open Book Stand

This stand will let a book rest on its spine while holding the left and right sides up slightly.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Plate Stands

Collectible plates, bowls, cups and saucers are available in a wide range from many cultures and time periods. Some plates were made specifically to be collector plates released as limited additions. With the growing number of these plates being released, a universal numbering system was devised called Bradex numbers so they could be listed on the Bradford Exchange. This number is divided into three sections; the first section tells you what country the plate was produced in. The next section indicates the producer of the plate, and the next part tells you the series and addition.
There are a number of ways to display plates, the most popular approach is the easel. Bowl stands require a deeper easel than a plate stand simply because bowls are deeper than plates.
Art Display Essentials offers stock plate and bowl stands in a variety of sizes and styles. Clear easels are available in a large range of sizes going up to 18” tall to hold a platter or charger. We also offer clear bowl stands as well.
Some clear stands are also adjustable, allowing you to adjust for depth or the angle of display.
Easels in wood are also available in a number of sizes and finishes including deep easels for bowls. These easels are folding so the depth has some adjustability.
There are risers for plates and bowls as well as platform easels, which are used for objects with pointed bottoms like a “heart“ shape. Risers can also be used to display the piece at a higher level so something can be placed out in front.
Another way to display a plate is on the wall. The size and weight of your plate will determine which style wall hanger is best for your needs. Standard spring wire holders can be used on lighter plates. These have some adjustability to them in the expansion of the spring.
Other adjustable holders are plastic and put less stress on the point of contact. Larger plates can be displayed with an adjustable acrylic wall holder.
Another option for wall mounting, in both metal and acrylic, are wall easels.
Displays for cup and saucer sets are available in both acrylic and metal. In addition, there are displays that hold multiple plate settings.
Sometimes a custom size or finish is desired so a custom mount would be the solution. has been custom mounting plates and ceramic objects for over 30 years and makes a very nice stand for these pieces. They can also fabricate wall mounts as well.

Monday, October 3, 2016


                                                       Q-Cord Retractable Barriers

Museum barriers are typically used to queue and control visitors throughout a museum or institution. Taller barriers are usually used for directing foot traffic in a particular path or direction. Shorter barriers can be used for surrounding items such as works of art to keep visitors from touching or getting too close. There are a number of barrier options that can be used, such as belts or ropes, but most museums prefer the more refined sophisticated approach of a straight cord. This gives a nice clean look that does not distract from the object being viewed.
Museum barriers should also adhere to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. The belt or cord on a typical barrier is too high. According to the ADA, the cord or belt must be cane detectable and located within 27 inches off of the finished floor or ground.
The new Q-Cord Retractable Barrier is made by 10-31 Inc., which is one meter(39.375") high and has two retractable cords. The lower cord is half a meter(19.75”) off of the ground to be ADA compliant.

Q-Cord Retractable Barriers

Q-Cord Retractable Barriers around a wagon at the Wells Fargo History Museum.