Camframe can supply all frame hanging hooks and screws, wire and cord and advise on all picture hanging methods and systems.
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.
Box framing is a very attractive framing method that is often used for bulky objects like football shirts.
There are two methods commonly used.
- 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.)
- 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.
A picture frame is a decorative surround edge, usually made of wood that is used to present and protect artworks. Together with the mount and glass, it protects artworks from environmental damage. Examples of environmental damage are acid, damp, and light. Artworks stored under normal humidity conditions, away from light, and separated by acid-free paper will retain their pristine condition for longer.
Framing to preservation standards involves the creation of an acid-free sandwich that separates the artwork from the glass and exposure to acid.
Acid is a byproduct of the breakdown of lignin. Lignin is present as a binder in all wood. All mount card made from wood potentially contains residual quantities of Lignin. Today, most mount cards have been chemically treated to remove the lignin and are pH neutral. Manufactures guarantee that the core of white-core card will keep its whiteness for 25 years. Studies have suggested that today’s PH neutral mounts should last for up to 100 years without perceivable acid damage.
The tell-tale sign of acid damage is the appearance of brown staining of paper, the bevel edge of mount card loses its whiteness and paper becoming more brittle with age. Fortunately, these are things of the past; today all mount card is PH neutral.
Museum-grade mount card
Museum-grade mount card made of cotton fibre is truly acid-free, it is more expensive but will last much longer.
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.
Get to know your picture framer.
Picture framers are often moody, bearded, generally over-worked, under-paid and pernickety types (I speak for myself), but under an exterior layer of sweat and dust on their brows, on the whole, they are pretty genial characters. They spend their days alone in their workshops (let’s show some sympathy guys), so you don’t have to try too hard to convince them that its time for a chat. Establishing a good rapport is essential if you are to get the best price on a small job.
Camframe will cut A3 frames clip frames at a very reasonable price.
Looking to have a picture framed in the UK? I have just checked the prices for ordering a simple frame online. I made an order for a A4 frame in a simple white frame. Excluding VAT and delivery it came out at 45 UK pounds!!! Arguuueee!!!
To save money why not visit a local picture framer and ask for a like-for-like quote?
Another downside to ordering online is having to fit the picture oneself.
Picture frames for sale online or in store are produced in a variety of standard picture frame sizes. These frames usually include a mount. The aperture of the mount is designed to fit standard photo sizes.
Standard sizes for A sized frames. A4 is standard writing paper size. Usually certificates are printed to this size so A4 will be suitable for any standard sized A4 frame.
- A6 = 148 X 105 MM
- A5 = 210 X 148 MM
- A4 = 297 X 210 MM
- A3 = 420 X 297 MM
- A2 = 594 X 420 MM
- A1 = 841 X 594 MM
- A0 = 1,189 x 841 MM
Frames in the UK are produced in other standardized sizes. The sizes below include a few square shaped frames which are often box frame types.
- 24 x 30 cm
- 30 x 40 cm
- 40 x 50 cm
- 50 x 50 cm
- 50 x 60 cm
- 50 x 70 cm
- 60 x 80 cm
The key to a successful online order is to measure your pictures accurately prior to completing your order. Make sure you are measuring in cm if the frame sizes are listed in cm. Once a frame is made it cannot be cut down to a smaller size and there is absolutely no way that it can be made larger!
If you are after a cheap certificate frame I would suggest that you ask your local picture framer to knock up a ready frame from off-cut mouldings.
Camframe should be your first port of call if you are looking for custom picture frames in Cambridgshire. We provide expert advice on all framing solutions.
If you are looking for bulk framing jobs, we can supply frames made-to-measure at very competitive rates. Just give us a ring to discuss your requirements.
Cheap photo frames UK are for sale in store in most cities and online. Getting the choice of frame you are looking for an be more time consuming that asking your local picture framer to make you up a photo frame.
Camframe can make you cheap photo frames and at the exact size you need and in the moulding that will be the right choice for your photo!