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.
Your local picture framer is literally drowning in off-cuts. They simply don’t have the space to store off-cuts and unused lengths of moulding.
Wooden mouldings don’t age well, they bleach in light and are not suitable for commercial framing after a few years.
Framers won’t arm wrestle you over the price of an old moulding. To them, it is recouping lost profit and liberating space in their workshops.
If you are looking for a cheap frame don’t hesitate to ask your picture framer if they have any old mouldings laying around (They do!). The great thing about past-their-sell-by-date wooden mouldings is that with one coat of liming wax they can be transformed into expensive-looking shabby chic off-white frames.
Even if your picture is square the picture framer will add an extra 5 mil to the width of the mount card at bottom of the picture. This is a common practice to stop the picture from optically appearing as if it were falling towards the viewer and to compensate for any imprecision in the cutting of the frame. When cutting a frame, framers allow enough wriggle-room for ease of putting together and taking apart. A common practice is to cut the frame a few mils larger than the sandwich of glass, mount card and backing board. The rebates of mouldings differ, some have a rebate of up to five millimetres. The picture when sitting in a frame will sit on the bottom length. If the extra 5 mills are not added to the bottom of the mount card the mount will disproportionately lose width on the bottom, which will amplify the feeling that the frame is falling forwards the viewer.
A3 is double the size of A4. It is a popular frame size.
A3 size = 297 mm X 420 mm or 29.7 x 42.0cm or 11.69 x 16.53 inches.
There are no standard poster sizes. Printed material can be printed to any size the client requires. The closest poster size to A3 is 11 x 17 inches. This will make it a bit too narrow and a bit to tall to fit an A3 sized ready frame.
As a professional picture framer I have come across this many times. The customer thinks that a poster sized print will fit into a standard A3 poster frame. They do look at quick glance to be the same size so its always good to check the measurements of your poster before buying a ready frame of A3 size.
The only solution apart from making a bespoke frame up is to cut a narrow surround mount, perhaps of an inch in width. As a fix I always feel this is unsatisfactory. Posters are designed to have a non-fussy framing solution if they indeed are going to be framed at all.
It is true, frames bought online are cheaper than bespoke framing solutions, and are also produced in many standard sizes and a variety of mouldings. However, you will not find a non-standard-sized ready frame for a non-standard-sized picture, and will have to use a bespoke framing service. Picture framing is a labour-intensive business and prices are higher. Actually, cutting a frame doesn’t take long. Cutting a mount, cleaning the glass, taping up, inspecting for dust, removing dust, taping the picture into the mount, filling corners, etc, takes the time, and probably amounts to about 70% of the total time needed to finish a frame properly.
There is another solution though. Camframe will cut your ready frames to your specs and at an equivalent price to frames brought online. We also provide a same day framing service depending on whether we have the moulding in stock.
There are many cheap wooden frames samples to choose from when you frame a picture. The hardwoods are more expensive but not by as much as one would think.
Hardwood mouldings are beautiful – fact! The Oak frame we stock is supplied in several widths for all sized artworks. It does not need any further treatment, and just looks simply great on all types of framed pictures from photographs to fine art abstract paintings and sketches.
The cheaper and softer wood mouldings can be treated with a stain to darken their colour or limed to give a subtle off-white finish. These are produced in several depths and thicknesses.
Camframe can cut small picture frames to any sizes. Off-the-shelf small frames for photos can be bought cheaply, but cheap is often false economy when the quality of finish is exposed.
You pay for what you get. Cheap frames are produced cheaply using poor quality materials. Most cheap frames that claim to be wood are not, they are more often than not a composite of wood with a wood-like veneer. Nothing can compare to real wood.
Always get a quote from your local picture framers. A small frame cut by your local picture framer will last. Instead of making do with the standard-sized, standard-coloured mount cards of small ready frames why not try different coloured mounts and widths of mount card.
Any small deviation from the norm gives a picture its standing and uniqueness. With the cost difference being small it is almost a no brainer.