Large photo frames

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Large decorative picture frames can be sourced online but if you are looking for a unique moulding profile you will need to consult with your local picture framer.

They have supplier’s catalogues and should be only too happy to browse through them with you, and what’s more, they can order a sample so you can test it next to your artwork. You will be surprised how many mouldings framers don’t stock or display.

Swept frames are produced in standard sizes and cannot be cut down to fit non-standard sizes!

The cheapest way to source antique mouldings is from flea markets and car boot sales. With a few friendly smiles directed at your local picture framer, you can turn them into modern shabby chic frames.

So, the frame you purchased at a flea market should cost you no more than five bob, but the corners are as open as the English channel. Take the frame along to a local picture framer, and ask them to re-cut the corner joints and put the frame back together. That should cost no more than ten pounds.

Now that the frame has been put back together and is sturdy, give it an undercoat and a final finish with a coat of acrylic matt or gloss paint. To give the frame a contemporary feel I would suggest the use of strong and bright colours. There you have it, a pricey frame hanging on your wall for under twenty pounds. Shuu, don’t tell!

Certificate frames Cambridge

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Framing a certificate is usually quite straight forward. Certificates usually sit very well in plain black, brown or wooden frames. There are several excellent elegant frames on the market, from very narrow plain frames to more ornate frames with gold or silver inlays.

White picture frames

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White picture frames are particularly suited to the framing of fine art and photographs. My preferred choice is a brushed white finish rather than a high gloss finish as they are easily scuffed and scratched and notorious for chipping in the corners.

Off-white wood mouldings not only compliment most artworks but can easily be touched up with liming wax.

Framing football shirts Cambridge

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Box framing is a very attractive framing method that is often used for bulky objects like football shirts.

There are two methods commonly used.

  1. Framing without a surrounding mount (the artwork is kept away from the glass by spacers, strips of wood or strips of mount card attached to foam board.)
  2. Framing with a surrounding mount pressed against the glass (the artwork sits back and away from the glass resulting in a pleasing shadow cast from the mount over the artwork.)

Surface mounting is also particularly suited to framing works of art on handcrafted watercolour paper.

White photo frames

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Before visiting a picture framer it is a good idea to have an idea of your budget. Picture frames vary in price wildly and the price difference between a thin black frame and an ornate moulding is enormous.

The cheapest frames are usually narrow, non-elaborate frames. A third of the cost of a finished frame is frame material costs.

Picture framers always have off-cuts of the cheapest range of frames in stock, so to keep the price down you could always ask the framer if they have any offcuts. This is like music to the framer’s ears. They are desperate to shift old stock and will run out the back to find a suitable off-cut, with an animated step you probably had not witnessed before! The cost of a frame can be reduced significantly by not including a surround mount card. A mount will increase the overall size of frames and consequently will determine how many lengths of moulding the framer will need to order. Some artworks demand no mount but most art on paper is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of a mount.

The framer is constantly managing old stock and new stock. Storage space is a premium and the framer needs to sell old stock as quickly as new stock is ordered in.

When a customer chooses a moulding that is not in stock the framer is more likely to make a loss or just break even. Framers make their money on using leftover stock and on large bulk orders.

Mouldings come in lengths of three metres and the framer has to manage where to store leftover stock and how to make some profit out of leftovers.

Until quite recently you could only buy mouldings in packs of multiple lengths, and so framers only offered a few mouldings. Today, suppliers sell single moulding lengths which means picture framers can now offer a greater range and save a few pennies to boot!

Large photo frames

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Any framer worth their gold leaf will be conversant with conservation framing methods. Knowing when to use a museum mount board or conservation mount card is essential to the picture framing craft. Picture framers should also understand how to protect valuable artworks from environmental damage; when extra crossbar supports are needed to strengthen a large stretcher frame, and what glass thickness to use with each moulding choice.

Large picture frames

Another important consideration when framing a large picture is the sturdiness of the moulding, and by that, I mean how secure a mouldings corner joints are when pinned and glued together. Will they be strong enough to support the combined weight of the picture plus glass?

A picture framer should know if the weight of a large finished frame will stress its corner joints. The bottom line is that large framed artworks need to be framed in mouldings with a wide profile so that the joints can be robustly secured with additional pins.

The type of wood also plays into it. Some softwood mouldings are not sturdy enough to support lateral movement when handling a large framed artwork and can result in the corner pins failing.

Lastly, the glass width must also be considered. There is a considerable difference in weight between 3 mills and 5 mills glass which can greatly impact the overall sturdiness of a frame.

Picture framers knowledge

If a framer doesn’t know his/her Picasso’s from his Shane Clark’s, whoever Picasso is, you should avoid their service! Handing a valuable work of art to a picture framer when the picture framer doesn’t know its value, is asking for trouble. Most professional picture framers should have insurance to cover the storage of valuable artworks, but if in doubt it is best to ask.

To test your framer let them lead you. If they seem confident with the framing language, if they talk about a mount card’s colour being too cool or overpowering, or make constructive comments about an artwork, or enquire about where the artwork will hang, you are probably in safe hands.

Black gloss picture frames

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Picture framers need to take extra care when handling high-gloss picture frames as they are prone to scratching. Handled with the right care they can be true stars, giving a glamourous twist to even the most uninteresting photographs.