Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

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On framing wrinkled, creased, crinkled and dog-eared maps

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhy this post "On framing wrinkled, creased, crinkled and dog-eared maps"?  This is because, and as we have mentioned before, many of our posting ideas come fromcrumpled-map-to-be-wet-mounted-before-framing interactions with our Customers.  And it was by way of jest, that a Customer, having finished the custom picture framing consultation for  a couple of brand, new  posters, wistfully asked us: " I don't suppose you'd be able to frame old, crinkly, wavy, damaged, maps"?   The Customer, smiling, explained that she had another picture framing declined to re-frame a large, old map of hers as it was "impossible" to flatten with their dry-mounting method.   We then asked to see the map which the Customer had not yet brought in but had left in the car. 

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The changing life and times of picture frames mouldings

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 Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconPicture frame mouldings?   What are these?  Well, let’s clarify it!   These are long traditional-picture-frame-mouldingssticks of wood, often between 2.5 to 3.5 metres long, from which picture framers cut the sections of wood needed to make up picture frames.  Picture framers order these sticks, or moulding lengths, in big boxes  of various sizes from specific picture framing moulding suppliers.  Note the adjective “specialized” within the phrase picture framing moulding?  That’s needed because your local hardware store might also sell wood mouldings, but most certainly not picture framing mouldings.  When four or more  ...

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Updating, uplifting and upgrading picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhy this post about upgrading picture frames? Because it's happened to you as it's happened to most, if not to all of us, at one time of our lives or another.  You’veframed-oil-painting-before-and-after-re-framing moved out of your old home into a new one.   Or you’ve moved from an older flat into a newer apartment.   Perhaps you relocated from older style business premises to more modern ones. The end result is the same, either you, your wife, or family have decided,  the old frames just won’t do in the new location, these will need updating.  We come across this situation a few times a month, in most cases, it’s a retiree couple moving to a brand-new apartment.  Regardless of the circumstances the ...

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Taking the puzzle out of framing jigsaw puzzles

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconOn the subject of picture  framing jigsaw puzzles, it must be said that there must have been, and still must be, hundreds of people putting together jigsaw-puzzle-nearly-ready-for-picture-framingpuzzles together right now all over Australia. Our various statal, work and home restrictions, lockdowns and quarantines have pretty much driven a lot of people bonkers with boredom.  And since ennui and accidie are the enemies of our naturally wandering,  imaginative and creative minds, it is little wonder that so many of us have sought some relief from this depressing state of mental affairs by tiling, assembling and solving puzzles.  Interestingly, jigsaw puzzles have been around for about 250 years. The commercialization, if not the ...

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When to, or not to, repair broken picture frames

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Most of our blogs and posts here are a direct result our interaction with our Customers and the broken-custom-made-photo-picture-frame feedback we receive from them, for which we are grateful.  One sunny ( sometimes a rarity here in Melbourne )  Saturday morning a young mum visited us bringing an A3 frame with a broken glass. She asked if had  a frame to match, which we did, the frame being a pretty much standard 3x2 cms box moulding picture frame profile.   We showed her one of our frames and she was on the cusp on buying it when she asked, pretty much by way of a ...

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Do’s and Don’ts on collecting your new picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-icon On the subject of collecting your new picture frames we need to quote Confucius. Indeed it is he who is reputed to have been the sage who first immortalized  picture-framing-customer-overloaded-with-furniturethe famous dictum “ By three methods we may learn wisdom:  the first, by reflection, which is noblest;  the second, by imitation, which is easiest; and the third by experience, which is the bitterest." And this is pretty much how it is when we witness how some Customers are arranging the collection and transport of the picture frames we’ve framed for them. Ergo: a)  We reflect on how they do this, resolving never to do what they do, b)  we never imitate what they do, lest we wreck the frames and c)  we practice doing the opposite of what are doing, which may be harder and ...  

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Saving Customers with their picture frames and picture framing inquiries

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconSaving Customers with their picture frames and picture framing inquiries questions, picture-framing-customer-service-teamqueries, sales, complaints and problems is what our Customer Service is all about.  No two  Customer are like, and so are the challenges.  For instance, we have been packing parcels in the same manner and method for years.  And  while one Customer will post us a glowing review for how we do it, yet another will complain that there’s too much packing.  We do however have very good business reputation which, in great part, derives from our experience in the picture framing industry, around 50 years. ... 

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7 Reasons why custom picture frames are better than ready-made picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconFirst, a succinct explanation of what those two frames are.  A  custom picture frame is a relatively expensive, single,picture-framing-customer-having-great-realizations tailor-made frame, or a bespoke frame, or one made-to-order especially for the Customer by a trained craftsman, to his or her requirements and specifications.  A Ready-Made picture frame is much cheaper, one of many thousands, industrially mass-produced with unskilled labour for a common or standard size, regardless of a Customer’s requirements  or specifications.  That said, let’s discover the very real differences between the two and why in some circumstances the former is preferable to the latter.  Custom frames are generally ...

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On cleaning paper art prior to picture framing

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhy a post on cleaning paper art, you might well ask.  Well now, we can all relate to, and understand, the desirability, if not the necessity, of thorough personal ablution priorsigned-etching-with-window-mat-acid-burn to attending important, social events. Let us , for instance, for a moment imagine a garbologist ( in the context of the Australian idiom ) going to a wedding,  after a long, hard, hot days’ work. We would also further imagine that , he (or she),  would doubtlessly want to bathe, or shower away any, lingering, residual, occupational and personal odours before attending.  Much the same norm or social convention is followed  when undergoing a physical examination or going out to a date. The underlying motive for these ...

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A word about picture framing testamurs

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A testamur is often also called an award certificate, a university graduation certificate or diploma. University degree in a wood picture frame It is awarded to students, on their successful completion of a higher, or tertiary education course, in Australia this is often a, a four year, undergraduate degree course.  Testamurs are often signed by a University’s Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor. These valuable documents are often a prima facie evidence of tertiary qualifications and hence this post about a word about picture framing testamurs.  Nowadays undergraduates ...

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