The ready made frame

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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.

Choosing the right ready frame

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Is it easy to choose the wrong frame when buying picture frames online?
This question was posed to me recently and the answer is more complex than a simple yes or no! It really depends on what size of frame, what budget and if you have a very good idea of the type of molding you are after.

For example, framing a certificate is pretty straight forward. There are a few standard frames that are conditioned by convention and norms of presenting certificates and that makes it pretty straight forward decision. Gold wooden frames are very suitable, for example. Certificates are usually printed onto A4 paper and standard sized frames are as common as mud online!

Then there are black and white photographs and they are perfectly suited to black, white or silver frames and they are easy enough to source.

Choosing the right frame online is more problematic for fine art paintings and large pictures or photos.  These will require a more robust molding, not only to support the weight of glass and artwork, but also because size usually dictates for reasons of balance the need for a wider molding type.

You can get away with poor molding choices on small pictures, especially if you take the conservative route and stick to plain moldings. The problem arises when you are about to spend well over £100 on a frame choice and you don’t want to get it wrong!

Framing can be expensive, there are some very wonderful ornate and beautifully made frames and they do not come cheap.  Ordering one of these frames online can be a daunting prospect.  It would be far better to go to your local framer and to take time making the right choice.

Your local framer will not stock samples all of the frames under the sun but they usually have the major suppliers catalogs on hand to browse through.

Ask the framer to send for a sample and arrange to return to check the molding against your artwork.  It is always best not to be in a rush.  The picture framer will be only too happy to take time getting it right as they also do not want to buy in several lengths of the most expensive molding on earth to find that it is not what you are looking for.

In my experience it is the artwork that will always choose its own frame and that becomes evident when the customer and the framer put their heads together to help a solution to reveal itself. Team work will always come up with something, so work with the framer to go through and eliminate options.

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’.

How a picture frame is made

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To make a well put together picture frame you need the right equipment.

The Morso is the workhorse in the production well crafted and put together picture frames. The under-pinner, which is used to join the moulding lengths together needs to be sturdy and powerful enough to shoot fastening pins into the hardest of wood mouldings. Oakwood frames are perhaps the most difficult woods to join.

The experienced picture framer will be able to judge how many pins to use in each corner and whether to stack them or not.

Remember, frames often need to be taken apart if pins don’t enter the wood correctly. This is a common occurrence when using hardwood mouldings as the pin has a tendency to follow the grain of the wood and can often end up protruding from the sides of the moulding or pushing the two lengths apart.

The secret is not to make joints that cannot be taken apart. Extracting pins from hardwoods often results in a broken length of moulding. Broken lengths to the framer are like throwing money away.