Large photo frames

Photo Frames UK

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!

Picture frames

Picture frames online

A picture frame is a decorative surround edge, usually made of wood that is used to enhance and protect an artwork. Together with the mount and glass, their job is to protect exhibited artworks from environmental damage. Environmental damage can be caused by acid, damp and light. Artworks stored under normal humidity conditions away from light and separated by acid free paper will retain their original condition for longer.

Framing a picture to preservation standards requires the making of an acid free sandwich in which the artwork is not exposed or in contact with acid.

Acid damage

Acid is a byproduct of the breakdown of lignin. Lignin is present as a binder in all wood. Mount card that is made from wood potentially contains Lignin. Today, most quality mount cards have been chemically treated to remove lignin and are consequently pH neutral. Manufacturers guarantee that the core of “white core card” will stay white for 25 years. Studies have shown that today’s PH neutral materials, used by all good framers, will last up to 100 years without perceivable acid damage.

The tell-tale signs of acid damage in older framed artworks can be seen by a brown staining of paper, a browning of the mountcard’s bevel edge and a brittleness of the paper. These are a thing of the past, however, as most materials today are PH neutral, so its not really a concern.

If you are concerned about the preservation of an artwork on paper, ask your framer about cotton based mountcards, more costly, but they will add a degree of longevity to an artwork’s preservation.

Museum grade mountcard

Museum grade mountcard made from cotton fibre is truly acid free, more expensive, but will last much longer.
The framers job is to ensure that your artwork can.

  1. Be extracted at a later date in its original condition
  2. The frame and mount are put together with PH neutral materials, or acid-free.
  3. The picture can be restored to its original state. By that I mean, it has not been cut down, had irremovable glue or tape attached to it or has been damaged in any way.