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Is there an anti-yellowing, “safe” picture frame ?

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Just before Christmas, a lady Customer brought a medium-sized, black-and-white print which had beenpicture-framing-customer-shocked-at-artwork-acid-burn wrapped and stored away from sunlight since 1967.  She was excited at having discovered the print which was the last of a set of three her artist father had created, and now wanted it framed in a "safe" picture frame.  Alas, the set of 3 prints was somehow mislaid and became separated over the years, and only the first 2 prints had been framed. The third and last print was the one brought in to us for farming and the Customer wanted us match the framing of the other two.  As  she ...   

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The great, enduring picture framing controversy: Portrait vs Landscape orientation

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Ever since the first picture frame was , probably around 2.500 years ago the image's artist and owner must have wrestled with the portrait vs landscape orPortrait-and-landscape-picture-framing-orientations.jpgientation compositional conundrum, should it be framed portrait or landscape? Which would look better? And of course, we are not referring to art photography where ‘portrait’ main mean portraiture by photography and ‘landscape” may mean nature or outdoor photography. In picture framing, portrait means when someone frames and hangs the picture vertically, or longways, whereas landscape means when someone one frames and hangs a picture horizontally, or sideways. To put it in another way, the portrait format means that an image is taller than it is wide and landscape means that it is wider than...

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Stretcher frames versus strainer frames what’s the difference?

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Stretcher frames and strainer frames are often used by artists, painters and embroiders.  These frames are the wooden framework which hold and support the canvases artists paint or create.  Embroiders sometimes blank-canvas-on-a-strainer-frame also use these frames for their embroideries since these  can provide the durable tensions needed for sewing and pinning.  That said,  the greatest difference in Strainer Frames Versus Stretcher Frames is the cost.   You can buy online a 50x75 cms (20”x30”)  stretched, primed ready-to-paint, canvas stapled to a strainer ..

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How should I pack and send photo frames or picture frames?

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This may seem a fairly simple task, but it’s actually a little complicated to pack and send picture frames and photo frames the right way. A first consideration is the size of the picture, photo frame or picture frame to be shipped. It Parcel containing fragile photo frames and picture frames will be fairly obvious that a small, 4”x6” photo frame will be a lot easier to pack and ship than, for instance, A1 framed poster. Another way of putting it is that, the bigger the picture frame, the more work you’ll have to do. A second one may well be, who will ship or courier the parcel for you. You will need to keep in mind that many Couriers will not accept parcels containing picture frames, photo frames ...

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Our five most popular shadow box frames questions

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What are Shadow Box frames?  This post "Our five most popular shadow box frames questions"  will address this and other questions.  These specialized frames are essentially the same as normal picture frames but with White wood square shadow box frame with clear glass several different features.  Firstly the moulding, or frame, is much deeper at its side. For instance a normal moulding could be 4cms wide x 2cms high. With shadow box mouldings the proportions are reversed so that it would be 2cms wide x 4cms high, thus giving frames that ‘boxy’ look. As the frame is deeper, and since a window mat, glass and backing are quite thin, perhaps making up .5 cm of the ...

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When at the framer’s, who should open up and remove prints and poster from mailing tubes?

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At first glance this seems a trivial and unimportant question, hence this post "When at the framer’s, who should open up and remove prints and poster from mailing Picture framing customer removing a poster from a mailing-tubetubes?.  You go to your picture framer’s shop, or store, with your freshly-arrived, eBay or Amazon poster rolled up in a tube, you get it opened or unpacked, show it to the framer, and get it framed, what’s the problem?  The problem is, what happens when the framer opens up the tube, removes your print or poster, and then presents you with damaged art?  This necessarily begs the question, was the print or poster already packed in that state, or did the ...

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What’s the best way of lifting, carrying and handling picture frames?

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Certainly, not by lifting one by the top of the frame as the man is doing in the photo. Unless the string, cord, wire or chain at the wrong-way-to-carry-a-picture-frameback is loose, frayed or damaged and unless the retaining hangers or fixings are missing or loose, picture frames and photo frames ought always be carried by whatever hanging devices they were fitted with. That's why they're there for. The danger with carrying picture frames by their frames,  especially larger frames, is that doing this might break the framing tape, seal, "spring" open the backing ...

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How do I clean the plastic glass or plexiglass of my Ready-Made picture frames?

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Many of our Ready-Made frames are glazed not with clear glass but with what's known as 'plastic glass' or acrylic (clear plastic) cleaning-picture-frames-plastic-glass sheeting. This is common in the picture framing industry when shipping to customers larger frames so as to minimize transit damage or breakages.  A question we are asked from time to time is how to clean the plastic glass or plexiglass of ready-made picture frames. The notes below should help customers wishing to know more on how to store, treat and clean this  ...

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Some of my picture frames look dirty, how should I clean a picture frame?

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Most photo frames, poster frames, certificate frames and picture frames consist of a wooden frame and a pane of glass. The picture frame moulding (frame) is often finely finished with gold or silver foils or leaves being a few micron ( very thin) thick. Many household cleaners contain ammonia, solvents and abrasives and shouldn't be used to clean frames lest the finish .. or colour of the frame come off accidentally. Perhaps the best way to keep a picture frame clean is to gently dust it regularly to prevent the dust and dirt ...

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Help! How will I know what size photo frame or picture frame I should order?

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To know what size photo frame or picture frame you should order, first make sure you have your artwork (photo, print, canvas, document, etc) with you so that you can measure it. While measuring-artwork-to-suit-picture-framesthis seems a little silly to suggest, it isn't. Many customers ring us up wanting picture framing quotes for prices. When we ask them what size their picture are many say that the don't know for sure. They say that they don't have the picture because they're just about to order it online or that they've just done so. It seem that customers either take it for granted or assume that the picture size they're getting online will be exactly as described or ordered....

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