During the whole Black Friday/Cyber Monday extravaganza the printer that I use announced they were offering free shipping. I have been waiting for this opportunity to try printing a very large metal print. The image in question was going to be 40" x 60" and was slated to go in the upper part of our stairwell so it could be seen from the upper floor of the house.
For those that are not familiar with printing on metal, I will explain. It is exactly as it sounds. Your photo is printed directly on a 1/8 inch thick piece of aluminum. This process makes for a stunning presintation that is extremely durable and long lasting.
When my photo showed up on the back of a shipping van I couldn't have been more excited. It came very well packaged in a 2 ply cardboard box. It was tightly wrapped in plastic to an oversized board so the corners would not get bent. It also had plenty of styrofoam blocks on both sides to keep it well protected.
After removing all the packaging and getting this behemoth turned around, I could not believe how well it looked! The best way I can describe it is to think back to the first time you saw HD television, it was so clear and amazing compared to standard definition. I immediately decided this was no longer going to be hung in the stairwell and that it deserved a spot front and center in the living room.
The really nice thing about these prints are that they come with a 3/4 inch piece of wood around the inside to make them extra rigid and keep them from warping. They also come with all the hardware needed to hang them. The hanging wire is already attached and the hangers and nails are supplied as well.