Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Display Easels

Display Easels

Display easels come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are used for displaying a variety of items. Artist’s easels are another type of easel that can be used for displaying art but they are mainly used to hold their canvas while the artist is working on it.

Easels have been around for a long time and have been known to have been in use since the time of the ancient Egyptians.

Typically a display easel is of a tripod design. They are used for displaying anything from works of art to signs or menu’s at a restaurant. Some easels are simple and clean looking so that they do not draw attention away from the art or because  they are holding something simple. Other easels are decorative and give importance to the art work they are holding. In many cases the decorative easel will come up higher in the back than the artwork itself so you see its decorative top. Some of the decorative easels are ornate, are very detailed, and are almost art in and of themselves. Easels by Amron has been supplying a large number of decorative easels for many years. These can be seen at:

Decorative Easels

The low profile easel is usually not decorative but simple and is meant to be hardly seen when the artwork is resting on it. Most of the time these easels sit low to the ground. These can be found here:

Many easels are made of metal including; iron, brass, copper, pewter, etc. Easels by Amron carries a line of metal easels that come in four finishes. These can be seen here:


There are also many made from wood in a variety of finishes and colors like black, red, gold, walnut, or fruitwood. You can see Amron’s variety of wood easels here:

There are also acrylic and plastic easels. Acrylic easels are crystal clear so they aren’t as noticeable as some of the other easels. A line of acrylic easels can be seen here:

Easels that fold up flat are convenient because they can be stored away when not in use. The easels that have adjustable pegs give you the flexibility of adjusting different sized artwork to varying heights. Easels by Amron has adjustable easels that you can see here:

Finally, there are two basic size groups for easels. One group is the floor easels which stands directly on the floor bringing the art work up to a viewable height. The other smaller versions are the table top easels which are meant to be put up on something like a shelf, table, pedestal, etc.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mounting Ancient Oil Lamps

Mounting Ancient Oil Lamps

Ancient oil lamps come in many sizes and shapes and are made from different materials. Typical materials are terra cotta, bronze, silver, ceramics, etc. The styles and origins can include; Persian, Greek, Chinese, Judean, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, etc. Many of the terra cotta oil lamps have a nozzle, pouring hole, and a handle. Typically, these are mounted from underneath with a metal or acrylic armature to properly support it safely. Most look nice on a slight angle down with the nozzle at the lower end. 10-31 Inc. has been custom mounting oil lamps for over 25 years and makes a very nice stand for these pieces. This gives the lamp a nice smooth custom fit and (for metal armatures) you can paint the metal to match where it touches the oil lamp so it blends without distraction.

Another alternative for mounting oil lamps is to do it yourself. Art Display Essentials has stock “spider mounts” that can be used for that very purpose. They come in a basic “X” shape. You can bend the arms up to cradle the oil lamp from below, and then you cut off any excess metal that is unnecessary to hold the piece safely. This will give it a clean look. If you like you can paint the arms the same color as your lamp to get a nice blended and non-distracting look. You can see these “spider mount” options here:


Oil Lamp Holders

 Art Display Essentials also has an acrylic stand for smaller oil lamps which can be seen here:


Oil Lamp Holders

 The larger oil lamps, including the ones made of metal, may or may not work with the stock armatures depending on size, shape, and weight. However, a custom mount can be fabricated by 10-31 Inc.


Some oil lamp types:

Ancient Mediterranean oil lamps, Persian oil lamps, Greek oil lamps, Egyptian oil lamps, Roman oil lamps, Athens oil lamps, DelphI oil lamps, Parthenon oil lamps, Jewish oil lamps, Jerusalem oil lamps, Byzantine oil lamps, Christian oil lamps, Holy land oil lamps, Chinese oil lamps, Islamic oil lamps, Hindu oil lamps, Daroma oil lamps, Jerash oil lamps, Nabatean oil lamps, Herodian oil lamps, Menorah oil lamps, Samaritan oil lamps, Indian oil lamps.