What and why
to custom frame. - Whether you are
framing a poster, your kid's handprints, or a fine work of art, custom
framing will reflect your personal taste and protect your piece for
years to come.
Consider the surroundings.
- While you should certainly consider
the room's decor, you shouldn't match the frame to the room at the
expense of what looks good with the picture. Keep in mind that the
room decor may change in the future.
Choose matting to enhance
your artwork. - Matting is the term
used to describe the "window-cut" material placed around
an image within a frame. They can be made of a variety of materials
such as paper, cotton and fabric in a wide range of colors. Mats serve
as a spacer allowing the artwork to expand and contract with changes
in humidity. Matting makes the overall size of the finished piece
larger and provides a space for the eyes to rest between the art and
An ounce of prevention. -
Many times cherished art is damaged prior to arriving at our frame
shop because it is improperly stored or transported. If it's a rolled
piece such as a poster, serious damage can be caused by rubber bands,
tape, paperclips and even a gentle squeeze. Make sure that the artwork
is placed in a folder, protective covering, or a tube. To prevent
accidental damage, allow us to remove the artwork from its packaging.
It's all in the details.
- Consider adding another detail.
Fillets, beveled mat treatments, creative window openings, specialty
paper or fabric mats can add a distinctive flair to your artwork.
We are familiar with these options, and can help you decide what works
best with your item. Sometimes it's the smallest element in framing
your artwork that makes it stand out.
Choose the best frame to
enhance your art. - There are thousands
of different frame styles and sizes that come in a variety of stains,
glazes, and finishes. Let us help you select the frame that best suits
your artwork and have it made to your exact specifications.
Archival materials protect
your art. - Some common framing materials
such as paper mats and cardboard contain acid that will gradually
destroy your art.
Using archival mats and backing boards will help protect art from
the damaging effects of time and from common pollutants that cause
yellowing, fading and deterioration.
Mounting your artwork properly.
- The dry and wet mounting processes bond artwork to a board to
prevent artwork from bubbling or waving and are most appropriate for
posters and photographs. Pieces of any value are generally not dry
or wet mounted since these processes are irreversible and can greatly
affect any resale value. Museum mounting, commonly known as hinging,
attaches the art with paper hinges to the board. The art hangs freely,
allowing it to expand or contract with changes in humidity. Hinging
or archival photo corners are recommended for original artwork, delicate heirlooms, and other irreplaceable items.
Choose glazing to protect
your artwork. - Glazing refers to
the glass or acrylic material covering the artwork as a means of protection.
There are many variations including regular clear glass, anti-reflective
(chemically coated), non-glare (acid etched) and conservation glass
(specially formulated to help filter UV light). There are also acrylic
glazing products that come in the non-glare and UV filtering varieties.
Acrylic is lighter in weight and is safer than glass but requires
a soft cloth and a non-abrasive cleanser. It is ideal for oversized
pieces, frames hanging in children's rooms, or items to be shipped.
Find the right framer - A
good framer will help you with all the decisions that go into properly
framing your picture. Quality framers have years of experience with
preservation framing and design using a variety of materials and methods.
A quality framer will usually hold the designation of Certified Picture
Framer (CPF®). The CPF exam is administered
by the Professional Picture Framers Association; PPFA. This extensive
exam covers all aspects of conservation framing techniques and methods.
For outstanding customer service and
the latest products, design theories, and techniques, you can rely
on framers with the CPF® mark of excellence.