A Fracture Review

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I recently signed up for the Fracture affiliate program after hearing about how awesome they were from some of my favorite podcast hosts. I did receive some product for free in exchange for my unbiased, honest review. (As an aside, I also photographed my Fractures in my ShotBox using the optional white and black backdrops. Although I’m a Shotbox affiliate as well, I purchased my Shotbox as a Christmas present to myself. Now that the fine print is over, on to my review!)

What’s A Fracture?

It’s your artwork printed directly onto glass. Now that I’ve received my very first Fractures, I can honestly say they are truly stunning! They come ready to hang, complete with hardware, or optionally, with a metal stand to display on a table or shelf.

The hardest part of my Fracture order was deciding what I wanted to have printed! I could have chosen a favorite family photo, but I couldn’t come up with a recent picture that was special enough. So, instead, I decided to make some artsy posters using my digital scrapbooking supplies. First I decided on my Fracture size so I knew what size to make my canvas in Photoshop. You can order fractures in either rectangle (4:3 aspect ratio) or square sizes, with a variety of size options. That makes it easy to size and resize your artwork! And, although Fracture’s website stated that bleed was not an issue, I found that my images were trimmed by about 1/16th” on each side. This isn’t a lot when it comes to bleed, but if you’re a picky artist like me, I prefer to plan for that trimming, as small as it may be. So, I recommend keeping your important items at least 1/16th inset from the outer edge.

Here are the pages I scrapped. I ordered a medium square fracture using one of my favorite Art Dolls from Studio Courtney. Here’s the image I uploaded:

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SUPPLIES: Validation and Artsy Blended Template 2 by Studio Courtney.

I also did a series of 3 motivational phrases with scripture verses in the medium rectangle size. I ordered these with the optional stand for just a few dollars more, with the intent of displaying them on a shelf instead of hanging.

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SUPPLIES: Inky Edges by Studio Vicki Robinson; Artful Whimsy Alpha, Inky Fingers, Ink Spray Love Overlays 03, Watercolor Brushes Vol 1, Open A New Door, In Lovers Eyes, Artful Everyday Cards Vol. 2 (inspired layout) by Crafty Button Designs; Hope Floats (dude) by Studio Rosey Posey; Wayfarer (gesso) by Maya deGroot; Font: Junko’s Typewriter.

Now that my artwork was ready, it was time to upload and order. For a complete tutorial on the ordering process, check out my blog.

My fractures arrived in just a few days. The box was well-packed and everything was in pristine condition. There was no damage at all to the glass. Quite impressive give the way that our boxes are usually tossed on the doorstep!

I cut open the box, revealing a stack of Fractures, each inset in a protective cardboard frame, with mounting screw, plus two small boxes containing the metal stands. The entire stack was secured with plastic “ribbon” to hold it all in place. Here’s what the Fracture box looked like.

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Each Fracture was in a separate cardboard sleeve, with a special screw inserted at the bottom.

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And, here’s a closeup of the mounting screw.

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Flipping one over revealed that the glass print was mounted on black protective foam board with the Fracture logo. There’s a small opening to slip the screw onto when wall mounting.

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The metal stands were packed in smaller boxes to protect the glass. They are sturdy metal and minimalist in profile.

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I carefully removed my Fractures from the cardboard sleeves. They are very well-crafted and don’t seem to be as fragile as you’d think.

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They captured an incredible amount of detail too. Here are some close-ups of the textures in my Fractures. They are sharp and bright. The bottom image shows how the stand looks when the fracture is on it. You just see s small sliver of black metal, which actually complements my design very well!

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The colors were slightly different than the original images on my screen. This is probably due to the differences between printing on glass, and viewing on a backlit monitor. It was not anything that would concern me, but given that there was a slight difference, I wanted to mention it. The Fractures are gorgeous and the slight difference does not detract from their beauty at all.

I mentioned earlier that my images were cropped slightly, trimming off the outer 1/16th inch on each side. Again, most people would never notice this, but if you are very picky on the edges of your images, you may want to allow for that. In my samples, I used thin edge effects specifically because I wanted to test how much of the image I’d lose in the printing process.

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This is my original image as uploaded.

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And this is the actual printed image.  You can see I lost most of the thick black line on the left and the top has been cropped down to the middle of the dotted border.

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And this is a sample of about how much of my other poster that was cropped off. If I had moved the black doodles inside the white area, it would not have been cropped off.

Finally, I did find it hard to envision the right size for the fractures. I ordered the medium rectangle for the 3 scripture verses. They would work nicely on a mantel or arranged on a wall together. But for sitting on a smaller bookshelf, or as part of a larger display of items, I’d probably go with the small size instead. The medium square was a little easier to imagine. At 11×11, they are almost the size of a full scrapbook layout. The website does have a handy soup can reference for each size which can help when you’re deciding on what size to choose.

So, would I order a Fracture again, even if I were not an affiliate? You bet! They make great gifts too. I’m excited to display my new Fractures, and plan on ordering some as Christmas gifts this year. What a great way to display our favorite scrapbook page, art journal layout, photo, bible verse or inspirational thought.

If you purchase a Fracture, I’d love to see it. Send me a picture and let me know what you think!

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