Ten Things To Know About Framing
Ten things to know before framing your picture:
What and why to custom frame. Whether you are framing a poster, your child’s handprints, or a fine work of art, custom framing will reflect your personal taste and protect your piece for years to come. In most cases you will keep a well framed piece of art longer than much of your furniture.
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. Mats 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 from the glazing and possible condensation as well as 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 the frame. This visual breathing space enables the artwork to have presence within its surroundings.
An ounce of prevention. Many times cherished art is damaged prior to arriving at the 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. When lifting a piece of paper art, including photographs, always use two hands. Lifting paper with one hand can cause “half moon” shaped creases in the paper. Try to lift the paper by opposite corners.
It’s all in the details. When framing, consider adding another detail. Fillets, creative window openings, 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. These materials are NOT used by Frames Etc. Using archival mats and backing boards will help protect art from the damaging effects of time and from common pollutants that cause yellowing and deterioration.
Mounting your artwork properly. Drymount processes bond artwork to a board to prevent artwork from bubbling and are most appropriate for posters and photographs. Pieces of any value generally should not be drymounted since these processes are irreversible and can greatly affect any resale value. Hinging or archival photo corners are recommended for original artwork, delicate photographs 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 types of glass including regular clear glass, non-glare (acid etched) and conservation glass (specially formulated to help filter UV light).
What is conservation glass and when do I need it? First, let’s discuss the need. All sunlight and artificial light contain an invisible electromagnetic component called ultraviolet (UV) light. These light waves are much shorter than visible light and contain more energy (the same energy that causes you to sunburn). This higher energy creates a greater degree of heat and causes more rapid deterioration of the molecular structure of the pigments used in artwork. Conservation glass should be used whenever you are framing sentimental, valuable, limited edition and one-of-a-kind artwork. Conservation glass is clear glass to which an ultraviolet (UV) inhibiting film has been applied. Conservation glass blocks up to 99 percent of the UV rays, compared to 46 to 50 percent blocked by regular glass.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much will it cost?
We can give you a estimate over the phone if you have the size of the image and can describe what you would like. All phone quotes are rough estimates only. If you bring in your work we will give you a free quote on a specific design!
Prices will vary with material and design selections. Based upon customer comments, our prices usually are less than the large craft stores even AFTER their 50% off coupons. Our Frugal Framing Special simply can’t be beat!
What’s the best way to get ideas and prices for some framing projects?
The best way to get ideas is to bring the art or memorabilia in and we can work up a design and free quote. Seeing the piece and talking to you about your tastes and needs will better enable us to recommend colors, textures and designs. All quotes are free.
How long does it take to get my framing back?
Normal scheduled turn-around is two weeks. We usually can beat that projected delivery. We can provide one day turn-around under special circumstances if in stock materials are selected.
Can you match the frame I bought years ago?
Very often this can be done. We have access to a large selection of frame styles. (Over 3000 on display in the shop!) Unfortunately, it’s not always going to be possible. The frame may have been discontinued by the manufacturer, or the manufacturer may no longer be in business. It may still be available, but substantially different due to variations in wood or finishes. If you’d like a series of matching frames for graduation or wedding photos, it’s best to buy them all at once. The pictures can be put in the frames as they become available.Sometimes a far better solution is to treat each picture individually instead of matching all the frames in a grouping. Look for frames with similar style rather than perfect matches. We can help you with that.
Will you cut just a mat or piece of glass?
Yes! We’ll be happy to cut a mat, glass, or even make just a frame for you to put together yourself.
Can you just re-mat a picture? Can you repair broken glass? Can you reuse my frame?
Yes, if you have a useable frame. We will gladly cut a new mat, cut new glass, or other minor repairs.
Do you repair frames?
We do basic repairs, such as fixing loose corners, some retouching of minor dings and scratches, replacing broken glass or torn dust seals. We would have to see the frame in question to determine if it is possible to repair it.
Do you guarantee your work?
We guarantee your satisfaction! Success at Frames Etc depends on your satisfaction. If anything misses our rigorous inspection, we want to correct it! Please let us know, so we can!
Do you pack and ship framed art?
That is a very specialized area that we leave to the experts. There are several packing companies in Stephenville, where we and our clients have had very good experience.
Do you deliver?
Yes! Delivery can be arranged!
Do you hang pictures?
We can provide the service at an hourly rate based upon the items to be hung.
What should I use to clean my picture framing glass?
Most commercial window cleaners, without Ammonia, are good for cleaning framing glass. Avoid all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants, or any cleaner that contains pumice, waxes, or harsh detergents. You should avoid using anything with ammonia (Note that some commercial glass cleaners do contain ammonia). Window cleaners with vinegar or vinegar-D work great, and tests indicate that they are safe for any glass. There are several new types of glass coatings coming on the market which may require special care. We will provide specific instructions for these special cases. You should ALWAYS spray the cleaner on the cloth, then wipe the glass. Otherwise, if you spray directly on the glass, the liquid is likely to run down between the frame and glass, and could eventually wick up the framing package to the artwork.
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Downtown Stephenville, a block off the Square
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