Metal frames are generally speaking about 30% more costly than your average picture frame. Metal frames have to be ordered in cut to the required size of the picture. Camframe does not keep them in stock, but we do have samples for ordering purposes. Metal frames are suitable for photographic works which might be hung in a corporate office environment.
Before framing an artwork it is wise to consider the overall size of the finished product once framed. If you have the financial clout of a National Art Gallery and their abundant wall space framing a stamp in a ten-foot-wide mount probably is an option, but as most people live in boxes and place a lower priority on spending their hard-earned money on their wall decor, it is an important consideration. That’s where convention rules. It states that for an average-sized artwork around 50 mm of mount card is adequate. Art does need surrounding white wall space to be appreciated, so where a picture will hang should be considered. Always measure the space on the wall where you are going to hang a picture before going to a picture framers.
Many of the greatest artists gave their patrons suggestions about the type of frame they thought would best compliment their masterpieces.
Bespoke framing! What does it mean? According to Wikipedia it is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification.
Drawings are traditionally mounted, although today floating and surface mounting has increased in popularity. Paper should always be kept away from glass to limit acid damage.
Box framing allows for the attractive edge of hand-made watercolour paper to left exposed.
Black and white photographs usually demand either a black or white or silver frame. To introduce a colour into the frame or the mount only distract the eye and the viewer sight will be drawn towards the colour before the photograph and this is not good framing practice.
A good picture framer will be aware of how the viewers eye behaves when looking at an artwork. The last thing you want is the viewer to admire the frame and not the artwork! Although that can often be the case!!!
The coolness or warmth of the photograph will have to be balanced or countered with a white mount that is either warm or cool in tint. White mounts come on a complete range of tints from pink in the warm range to blue in the cool and it will be a matter of testing each one against the photograph to get it right.
Colour photographs can be framed in coloured frames. The quality of gloss or mat finish of the photograph will dictate the type of frame. Photographs can be framed in many individual ways by floating or surface mounting is not usual.