A3 white frames

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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.

Swept picture frames

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You will be familiar with swept picture frames from your visits to museums. A traditional moulding type for paintings such as landscapes and also family photos. They would sit pretty incongruously on a modern work of art!

Swept frames are manufactured in standard sizes and because they have ornate corners they cannot be cut down.

A3 poster frame

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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.

Buy wooden picture frames online

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Choosing a frame

Wooden frames are ideal for framing fine art and are a popular frame choice. Hardwood molding in oak and ash are perfect for all types of fine art.

Fine art oil paintings on canvas are often framed with a simple wooden strip around the stretcher frame. This can be attached to the side of the canvas.

Another very attractive and also popular method to frame canvases is to place the canvas in an upside down wooden box style frame. This method allows a space to be created between the canvas edge and the frame. By using the frame upside down makes it easier to secure the canvas to the rebate.

There are custom frame moldings that are designed to achieve this effect but are manufactured in only a few colours and depths.

It is also very popular today not to frame at all. This might mean that the you only need to have the canvas stretched. A competent picture framer will be able to stretch the canvas so that only 3 mill of artwork runs around the edge on the side of the frame.

If the sides of canvas painted area are parallel then this is easy. If they are not, and this is often the case, then it is impossible to stretch the canvas so that equal widths of painted areas are seen on each side. In this case you might be forced to accept an uneven distribution of the painting along the edges, stretch the canvas so that the image covers the edges completely or have the canvas framed.

When the framer measures the canvas they will look to see if the edges are parallel. This can only be done by measuring one side of the painted area and looking along that edge to find where it varies.

Remember the framer is there to find solutions to every eventuality and they can easily be asked to paint the sides of the stretched canvas for you.

Ready frames online

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Hundreds of different ready frames can be sourced online today. Finding frames of exact sizes is not so easy. Call us now to get your ready frames cut to the size you need.

Camframe will cut you ready frames to the precise sizes that you require and the exact quantity for a great price. Just give us a ring.

We have a great range of frame samples to choose from, with beautiful hard and softwood frames to wide ornate mouldings.

Our picture framers are only too happy to cut you the perfect ready frame. Just pop in and pick up your ready frame at any time to suit and with free parking available you can literally ‘drive-by ready frame’.

Wooden mouldings

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Camframe stocks and can obtain any beautiful wooden frame you need. We stock some great arty wooden frames that are ideal for the fine art piece. Wooden frames sit very harmoniously with pastel works, soft and atmospheric photographic works and a wooden hockey moulding is great as a simple solution for framing a canvas.

Rabbit skin glue

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Rabbit skin glue is a rabbit collagen (Animal protein formed from the process of boiling the skin) It was traditionally used to protect the canvas from the damaging effect of an acid called linolenic acid contained in Oil Paint.

Canvas Stretching in Cambridge

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Stretching canvases is a skill that most art students in the past were very good at. As the cost of ready made stretched canvases has fallen, so has the general appreciation of the skill involved in stretching a canvas. In my day we made all our canvases and prepared the surface with Rabbit skin glue. Today of course there are Gesso primers that do the same job – its really not necessary to put Rabbits through such an ordeal any more!

Stretcher frame

There is no point in stretching canvas onto an unstable support. The first thing one has to do is to create a sturdy frame support.  There are several good wood moldings used by professional framers as support frames. They are strong enough to support the weight and tensions when stretching even the largest of canvases.  Large stretcher frames may need two cross bars to make them rigid enough. A stretched canvas when finished needs to be able to sit against the wall without any noticeable bending or distortion away from the wall. This is when the skill of the picture framer will shine through.

Stretching the canvas and measuring

The first thing one has to do is test the flexibility of the canvas. It may be the case that there is a ton of thick impasto paint and the canvas has no “give” in any direction. In this case a consideration to the brittleness of the paint is important. Oil paint takes a very long time to dry completely. Old oil paintings may crack if pulled in all directions when stretching. Fresh paint that is only touch dry will be less prone to cracking.

If the painting is long and thin in dimension, there may be more “give” on the long side depending on the canvas. When measuring the image size, this is important to take into account so that the painting does not wrap around the end edges. Usually an understanding is come to with the client as to exactly what they want. They may want the image to wrap around the edge anyway!

What I do then is lay the canvas flat on a work surface. I mark the size of the canvas, both its width and length. Holding one end of the canvas down against the work surface I pull the other end firmly and measure the distance it has moved from my mark. This distance is the “give” of the canvas. This is not taken as an absolute as canvas will stretch more in one direction than in two directions at the same time, but it does give one an idea of the general flex in the canvas.

Perhaps the most important things to do is check if the image on the canvas has parallel edges and will actually fit onto a oblong or square shape. This is often the case, so its always good practice to measure the image size along all sides looking for the shortest point and take that as a starting measurement.