Frameless Clips, Swiss Clips and Clip Frames

Swiss Clip Clip Frame

A clip frame sandwich held together with Swiss Clips

We sell a lot of frameless clips which are used to create a frameless picture or clip frame.

The clip frame should consist of a ‘frame sandwich’ of –

  • Glass/perspex
  • A picture mount (optional)
  • Artwork
  • Backing mount for art protection (optional)
  • Backing board (Usually hardboard or MDF for strength).

The clip frame has its use where either you don’t want to go to the expense of having a frame for your artwork, or you would like to have artwork displayed right to the edge of the frame.

Clips can accommodate sandwiches of different thicknesses. In order to find out how thick your sandwich is just total the thickness of each part of your sandwich eg. (glass 2mm + mount 1.4mm + art 0.1mm + backing mount 1.4mm + backing board 2.0mm = 6.9mm, so I’d likely need to use the 7.5mm swiss clips or the 8mm frameless clips).

Glazing should always be smoothed around the edges to avoid exposing sharp edges. Glass in particular can be very sharp when left raw after a cut so make sure to smooth the edges of the glass  before using it in a frameless clip frame, a Tellum pad is ideal for this purpose.

There are several clips available to you for holding the frameless/clipframe sandwich together and there are also a few options available for hanging the frameless clip frame too –

Clip Name Max Sandwich Thickness Uses Notes on Use Hanging Options

Simple Frameless Clip

Simple Frameless Clips

4mm max Small clip frames Easy to just push on.Useful in small applications, but no securing mechanism.
3.8mm Frameless Clip3.8mm Frameless Clips 3.8mm (clips are 3mm wide) Tiny / small clip frames Requires a Pair of Levers to open. No hanging attachment. No securing mechanism.
8mm Frameless Clip8mm Frameless Clip 8mm (clips are 7mm wide) Small / medium sized clip frames. Requires a Pair of Levers to open. No hanging attachment. No securing mechanism.
20mm Frameless Clip20mm Frameless Clips 8mm (clips are 20mm wide) Medium / larger sized clip frames. Where extra strength and rigidity is required. Requires a Pair of Levers to open. No hanging attachment. No securing mechanism.
7.5mm Swiss ClipSwiss Clip 7.5mm 7.5mm max. Small / medium clip frames. Requires a small hole to be drilled into backing board in order to lock each clip in place. Hole position : 27.5mm in from side.
10mm Swiss Clip with Hanging HoleSwiss Clip 10mm 10mm max. Medium / large clip frames. Requires a small hole to be drilled into backing board in order to lock each clip in place. Hole position : 27.5mm in from side. Has it’s own hanging loop as part of the clip.
11mm Swiss ClipSwiss Clip 11mm 11mm max. Medium / large clip frames Requires a small hole to be drilled into backing board in order to lock each clip in place. Hole position : 27.5mm in from side.
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