Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

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Why You Should Not Cheaply Frame Your Own Football Jumper

We thought we should  write this post because of the regular inquiries we receive from customers and sporting fans wanting to Do-Your-Own,  football jumpers, soccer tops, cricket shirts  framing, using  cheap, ready-made, poster frames. Typically they tell us that they have a family football jumper they want quickly framed for a fast approaching birthday or looming event. Often they just don’t only want the jumper framed, they also want photos, tickets, scarves or what have you, combined and all framed together.   They further explain that as their budget is a bit tight,  they are thinking of doing the framing themselves since custom picture framing it would cost an arm and a leg. These callers go on to say that they have seen online our  very cheap 70x100cms black Ready-Made Poster Frames and A0 Black Ready-Made Poster Frames. And the questions they ask us, are pretty much the same.  Do we ...

 
How to Cheaply Stretch and Frame Your Own Counted Cross Stitch

It has been our experience, and in particular during these last 20 years or so of custom picture framing, that Customers seem to be wanting to spend less and less for any kind of custom picture framing. We are finding that most people baulk at even moderate custom picture framing prices, wanting to spend as little as possible  on custom picture frames, even less than what they used to, years ago. Why this is so is beyond the scope of this blog. Suffice to say that the tsunami of cheap, Asian imported photo and picture frames, selling at a fraction of Australian made picture frames, seems to have habituated many Customers into thinking that all picture framing and picture frames should be as cheap as chips and that the average picture frame shouldn’t cost much more than a cappuccino.  Textiles, in particular, can be fairly expensive to frame, much more than ... 

 
The Chimera of the Loyalty of Customers

A chimera is myth,  delusion or illusion of something that is widely thought or believed to exist, but when rationally examined or investigated, is found not to be so.  When we began our picture framing business,  during the last millennium, or nigh on half a century ago, customer loyalty was the credo that small, local businesses would unquestioningly believe, seek and pursue.  Verily, we practised this belief ourselves and preached it to other business newcomers. We believed that if we picture framed customer’s works’ above and beyond the standards and norms in vogue at the time, that most customers would always return to us. Thus, when we custom framed a football jumper for Customer Smith,  and just before we’d finish the frame he’d ring us asking if   we could also include a ...

 
Why "composite wood" MDF picture frames are supplanting "real wood" picture frames

In a nutshell, this is happening because more customers want cheap picture frames than expensive picture frames, it’s that simple.  But the reasons for and background to this answer are  deeper and more, complicated. From the probable beginnings of approximately 2000 years ago men ( and women ) cut real wood from real tree forests to make the four sticks needed for a picture frame.  These ancient picture framers appreciated that wood has a texture and grain which can  be sealed, polished and varnished for that attractive and unique appearance, since each section of wood is always lightly different from the others. I addition, solid timber has always had many positive qualities. It’s abundant, durable, tough and can be finished beautifully .   Properly cured solid wood is strong ...

 
Framing graffiti art : Controversial Art or Visual Abomination?

Where did graffiti come from:   The word graffiti comes from the Italian nouns “graffito” and  “graffio” meaning “a little scratch”.  It has been assimilated into the English language to denote any casual writing or design marked on a wall or timber structure.  Oddly enough though, if it’s been done on a rock it’s rack it’ called a petroglyph.  There’s no great need to describe what a graffito or graffiti are.  The oldest ones seem to date back tp 2,500 years BC and,  unsurprisingly, are erotic and depict both genitalia and coitus, thus some things never change.  They are as varied as humanity is, all-encompassing, ubiquitous and immemorial.  Indeed, in a recent study, a sociologist from Michigan State University sociologist found that during one year of US news coverage, most blogs, interviews, reports and linked graffiti to antisocial activities and visual pollution. However in our ..

 
Our five most popular Shadow Box frames questions

What are Shadow Box frames?  These frames are essentially the same as normal picture frames but with 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 4cms the remaining 3.5cms can be used to place and hold objects. What these objects could be is only limited by one’s imagination, but basically you can put any small 3-D object with a height or thickness around 85% of the height of the moulding, as a very rough rule of thumb. Secondly there are usually removable spacers between the glass and the back ...

 
Planning your first art exhibition

So, you’ve been doodling, drawing, painting, sculpting, modelling, welding, photographing or otherwise crafting your art for years. Now you are confident and ready and want the world to see your artistic works which deserves to be seen, viewed, admired and hopefully, sold. Having curated the picture framing and picture frames aspect of exhibitions  for many years, we can suggest a few helpful ways towards your inaugural show.  1.  Plan your exhibition: It always pays to mindmap one’s art exhibitions, especially inaugural ones. You will find it useful to both explore or ponder pertinent and strategic questions, some of which may be: What goals are you seeking to achieve? What atmosphere are you seeking to create,  Will there be a social or community visual message or declaration? Will it be a small intimate event or a large public one? Will it be a solo or a group ...

 
How to sell your home faster, quicker and easier

We have noticed an increasing number of customers coming to us with dated and aged, framed art which requires re-framing. During the framing consultations it often transpires that the customer is “doing the place up” as they are putting the property on the market. And just as often, advise and tips are exchanged on some of the helpful strategies to make a property more appealing, more inviting , and hence, quicker to attract bids. and sell. Below we list some of these useful approaches to make your home more appealing and  inviting:  1.Re-frame your dated and so-yesterday picture frames, photo frames and wall frames! Unfortunately, while you most probably sigh and flutter at the sight of your children’s kindergarten or early school photos framed in the old 1” Bird’s Eye Maple and your husband most likely still salivates over his old 1980’s Richmond  premiership ...

 
Six ways of reusing and recycling old photo frames and picture frames

Who hasn’t some old, spare picture frame, poster frame or photo frame tucked away in the garage or spare bedroom?  The answer is, not many of us. According to US statistics,  about 82% of us do just that, keep old house hold accessories and furniture for more than 2 years.  Well then, let’s explore the many, different ways we can recycle or reuse all those picture frames for or towards more good use, with minimal work.  1. Make a Chalkboard.  Take the existing frame and make sure it’s not sprung, rickety or falling apart, then give it a clean with a damp sponge.  Now measure the inside ( not the outside ) at the back of the frame and note down the measurements. Go to your local hardware store, or Bunnings, if you like, to buy the board and hardware.  Get a piece of 8 or ..

 
Of Styles and Trends: The Empty White Walls Minimalist Polemic

This happens even before walking into a new spec, or recently renovated home. You know the feel, you recognize the look and you know what to expect, right? Basically it’s about all, bare, white or pale empty walls, bare floors and sparse furnishings. It’s minimalism at its worst, and ugliest, maybe. Well, it’s definitely the ugliest for picture framers because the average home seems to now feature one quarter of the wall décor it had  twenty years ago. And by definition, this means that they're only doing one quarter of the work they did a generation earlier. Good folks once decorated their  homes to remind them of seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each season always had, and still has, its moods and colours, but why is the all-white so popular? Surely it isn’t polar winter all year round? And while this has been .. 

 
Help! My picture's gone all weird, wonky, bubbly and funny! What's happened?

Every now and then we get Customers either bringing framed art similar to the one shown here or ringing in about this predicament. The problem is, in most cases this: the document, photo, print or art has been simply shoved or crammed, unmounted, in a tight picture frame. With the passing of the time and seasons, heat, humidity and other factors, the framed art has ... expanded, or grown larger, in both height and width. In doing so, the art has hit the hard sides of the frame and, not having room to move or anywhere else to go, it has begun to crumple and buckle. Imagine, if you will, a moving car hitting a brick wall. The most immediate and obvious effect is that the car's bumper, hood and bodywork will begin to crumple and crush after impact. And so it is with expanding art inside a ...

 
Let a Thousand Failures Wilt, or how modern society has failed our children

Some time ago we had a teenager come by looking for work. His personality wasn’t that flash but we progressed with the interview on to some basic skills test.  We asked him to count some picture framing moulding sticks, wrapped in 7 packs,  6 sticks per 1 pack. Most people can do this easily in their head, i.e.: 6x7 = 42.  But the lad asked us for a calculator . We asked why he couldn’t work it out by himself and he said that he hadn’t been taught how.  Where had he been taught we inquired, Emmaus Catholic College, he replied. He added that his College didn’t teach arithmetic or maths manually or longhand because everyone had calculators. A while later we had another young man come in to work with us casually, part time,  in the warehouse. He’d been out of work for a while and we kind of felt for him. We realized that he wasn’t the fastest or the brightest employee we ...

 
Ready-Made frames for all the pictures your children create at kindy and school

As picture framers we’ve come across this problem more than once and with lots of customers, mostly mums. It can be a bit of problem because children can be so prolific and custom picture framing is relatively expensive. It’s quite common for the little darlings to come home waving their latest painting and asking you can you please, please, “put it up for them” for them?  So how do you “put up” their art? Most school art is done on white newsprint or white butcher’s paper and nearly always in odd sizes. Further problems sometime arise when children start wanting different frames with little Johnny wanting blue frames and little Jane wanting pink ones. Of course, if you’ve just won the lottery, then you can afford to custom frame everything Johnny and Jane bring home, but this isn’t a realistic option available to most people. So what will you do? What we suggest our ... 

 
Help! I’ve never had anything custom framed before! How does it work?

We agree, if you have not done this before, it can be a little scary.  Maybe you’ve heard stories,  possibly bad ones, on how difficult and expensive it was, and you’re a little wary. But relax, we’re here to help, so let us give you some helpful advice. The first thing to remember is that, almost invariably, you will be working with professional picture framers. Those professionals will have made their mission in life to do the right thing by you, their craft, and your artwork.  A professional picture framer will welcome you into his or her store and ask you how they can best help you. This is where you come in, and all you need to is ask the framer all the picture framing question you can think of or want to know.  Most customers have an idea, at least, of the colour and size of the picture frame they want. If you tell the framer what you would like, he or she will probably discuss, comment ...

 
The new "Transterior" decor trend in picture frames and picture framing

Transterior is quite a recent interior design term.  In a nutshell, it’s that place in the house choose to build and have where the inside and the outside are made to come together. It is meant to connect, and evoke a feeling of transition, between the external nature outdoors and the internal, man-made indoors.  Years ago people called this the “outside room” the ‘sunroom’ even, where that alfresco ambience could be, if not met, at least hinted at.  This space can further define as the border where bricks meet the grass, as a verandah or sliding external door does.  Often it’s just the ‘family room’ because that room tends to lead directly onto to the outside garden or back yard.   In that place, space or room, the décor and picture frames may be designed and styled with earthy, unfinished, natural, organic or handmade furniture, décor and materials.   Many architectural ...

 
How do I frame and hang my stretcher-framed oil painting art?

As the first question, does your painting need a picture frame at all? And no, this isn’t too strange a question to ask  –nowadays. This is because many modern oil paintings, or art on canvas, are painted or printed directly on cheap strainer frames. The strainer frames, a cheaper version of stretcher frames, already have an inner frame made up of strainer bars. The four strainer bars already form the perimeter of the frame which can be used as a support to hang the strainer frame form. A separate picture frame is not always needed and the modern trend is to display the art in the strainer or stretcher frame. Many artists prefer this without-outer-frame technique not only because it’s cheaper but also because it allows the beholders of the art to focus entirely in the art, without... .

 
Someone mentioned picture frames with “stacked mouldings”, what are those?

As the word implies, it means a picture frame made up of  two or more frames ( mouldings) stacked, or put on top of each  As the word implies, it means a picture frame made up of  two or more frames ( mouldings ) stacked, or put on top of each other. Referring to the image of the framed art in this post, you will note that there are two, disparate frames. The external, or outside one is of a light brown, or tan colour, the internal, or inner one, is of a warm cream colour.  The outside frame was built first, the inner one later. The picture framer then fitted the internal frame inside the external one.  Because mouldings ( picture frames ) can fir and sit on top of each other, these are in effect,  stacked.  The stacking of mouldings in picture framing, is usually done to enhance the aesthetic design of  the art being framed. Again with reference to the image herein, it can be seen that ... 

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

At first glance this seems a trivial and unimportant question.  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 damage occur while it was being unpacked or removed?  This is a situation that occurred to us a few times over the years and once more, just recently. As  a result our Staff no longer affords Customers the courtesy of opening tubes, parcels but instead request that they do so themselves ...

 
Who or what, killed all the picture framing shops?

Beginning only 20-odd years ago or so, the advent of the internet, while creating new industries and new jobs, also destroyed comparatively more industries and jobs than it created.  Back then online sales for picture frames or photo frame didn’t exist, now these are a majority, and are increasing all the time.  Again, during this time,  picture frames stores and picture framing shop have decreased dramatically, both here in Australia and in the United States. Taking a look across the Pacific, at the U.S. with about 15 times our population, latest statistics tell us that there are only about 7,000 shops left, or around 75%  less than at the 1980’s peak.  Australia paints a similar, if not worse, picture.  With devastating figures as these, picture framing shop proprietors, when asked, will nearly always blame the internet as the leading cause of their failing and failing industry ...  

 
How, when and where to save money on custom picture frames in 4 easy steps

We believe that one of the main reasons that photos, prints, posters and pictures are not framed is because of the cost. And while many picture framers will furiously shake their heads at this statement,  picture framing is, comparatively speaking, quite expensive. Customers can get an inexpensive  A4 black picture frame for as little as $2.84, but to custom frame it, anywhere from $50 to $10 and in anybody’s language, that’s expensive!  However, if you stop and think how the artwork will be framed, what it is,  and where you going to hang it, you can save, and considerably!  Let’s start with the backing board, you know,  the bit that you see at the rear and goes at the back of the picture. Now think about the value, financial, emotional or otherwise the art ( the picture) that you want framed may have.  Does it have any?  Did you pay hundreds ( pounds, dollars, shekels, whatever ) for it? ..

 
Black isn’t the new black any more!

We think it’s high time that customers, interior decorators and picture framer lightened up!  By that we don’t mean to lighten up as in stop worrying about things, but aesthetically, to stop flooding homes, house, apartments, offices and buildings with black or dark picture frames!  It seems, and it has been, years and  years since square-profile black, mocha, or dark grey frames became popular both as custom pictures and ready-made poster frames.  Older picture framers will fondly remember the not-so-long-ago days when pastels, sands, pinks,  oaks and azure colours dominated the picture framing counters, both as picture frames and window mounts. Back then black frames were largely reserved to for the framing of legal, or other allied, professional qualifications and requests for black mouldings were relatively uncommon. Nowadays these black and kindred ...

 
Is it worth it being a nice person anymore and should we always be kind others?

Wait, what's this about being nice to others? How did we get from picture framing to philosophy? What's the connection? Well, we posted this blog as a result of a number of incident and customer observations we made over the years and some of which we will recount. First incident: Giving away free picture frame hooks. When we first started picture framing someone read someplace .. (probably in a U.S. picture framers' magazine) that a good customer goodwill exercise was to give away a free packet of picture frames wall hooks with every custom picture frame sold. The reasoning behind this being that most customers want to hang their pictures as soon as they get home but often, when at home, they find that they don't have that one picture hook they need to hang the picture up. So to avoid a possible disappointment, the free picture frames hooks packet would be included ...

 
Shoot, print and frame your Polaroid photos

Before digital cameras were invented, there were the analogue cameras. These had rolls of film which captured images and you later took to a photo store or lab to get developed and printed.  A very few of these had the capability of developing and printing photos after waiting a few seconds. Polaroid was the most famous.  If you’re a bit of retro freak or are simply curious about these contraptions, you can buy one cheaply enough on eBay or Amazon for under $50. With one of these you can instantly print a small size photo,  3”x3”, 3”x4”, 4”x6” and frame it in a small picture frame  as a birthday gift maybe. This small photo frame may need to be custom made photo frame or a custom window mat because of the relatively uncommon small image size. And by the by, with these analogue ... 

 
The Seven Virtues of Picture Framing Décor

You can either succeed or fail in tastefully decorating your home for which you will need both a lot of patience and a lot of time. Many are the homeowners who seek to uniquely fashion their world  with the colours of their walls and ceilings, floor and light fittings. However a substantial contributor to the overall look and feel will be the art they choose to display and hang on their walls. And since art can enhance or detract the décor of a home we have drawn on our years of experience to list some important points worth considering in picture framing décor. 1st: Identify the style of your home. While this is task is easily accomplished with rustic, period or modern homes, it may be more difficult with, for instance, the spec home of the 1960’s in Melbourne. In this instance, while most ...

 
In praise of the humble picture frame Cardboard Corner Protector (CPP)

Cardboard corner protectors (CPP) as the picture here shows are placed over each corner of photo frames or picture frames to protect them. Artists packing framer works for exhibitions, people moving houses and customers collecting picture frames from their picture framers are prime examples of framed art being moved or transported.  Protection is recommended and necessary when you are carrying or transporting framed art, for instance when moving house or shipping it.  A careless drop, or knock , bump, fall or a slip may damage, spring the corner open, crack the glass  and damage the picture frame, the art, or both.  Framed art can be anything, from an inexpensive holiday poster, to a cherished family heirloom, or a valuable work on paper or painting. In our experience, cardboard wrapping. Bubble wrapping and marking items with ... 

 
The Ten Steps to Doing Your Own family portraits

1st Step: Plan the photography location with your family.  Typically, the most common settings for family portraitures are photographers’ studios,  public parks,  gardens or outdoors. However you might like to consider a theme park, a playground or a children’s fun  factory as viable and un alternatives. Some parents prefer these. Both because it tends to put younger children at ease and also because they are generally in a happier mood. 2nd Step:  Check and recheck your camera, mobile phone or camera equipment. There’s little point in researching, choosing and travelling to the chosen location only to find that your camera or mobile phone batteries are flat. Also consider, can you use manual flash to ill in shadows?  Some mobile cameras suck as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A6  do not have this option by default and you need to download 3rd party apps for this...  

 
The Poor Man’s Guide to Editing Photos

In the last millennium, when stills and photos were taken with hand SLRs on film rolls, the art of photographic editing was largely the domain of professional photo editors. These people would devote their skills, time and patience to the pursuance of visual betterment and technical improvements in this field. Alas, in this millennium, with the birth and development of the internet age, computers, digitals cameras and free editing software, pretty much anybody can manipulate digital photographs to an exact, or more or less, desired standard or result.  And while commercial, wedding, filmographic and other specialized areas ought to be left to full time professionals, if you just want to improve on your photos, just keep on reading.  1. The photo editing programme.  For very basic photo editing you could conceivably use Windows’ native photo editing ...

 
A Picture Framer’s Seven Deadly Sins

Alas, this post is distillation of many conversations, hundreds of observations and a multitude of  picture framers’ trade talk over many years. While it is partly a reflection on the occasional failings of our industry’s practitioners it is also meant to be a septet of helpful pointers on how to avoid unintentionally alienate  customers. Customer alienation can be triggered quite easily, and even if unintended and not meant.  Picture framers do have bad their days,  which can put them in a bad mood.  And it is this very mood which they sometimes subconsciously mirror and inadvertently transfer to their exterior and interactive behaviour, with and towards others, customers included.  And below is our list of mortal transgressions:  1st Arrogance. Regrettably, picture framers often fail by this and in this.   Customers dislike being talked down by us, the ‘experts’.  Framers need to be ...

 
Picture Framing Consumers: Baby-Boomers vs Millennials

It was around the time of the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) , or a few years after this millennium began, that picture framers throughout the world began noticing that the spending patterns and behaviour of their customer had changed. For those frames who entered the framing industry in the golden years of breaching whales and leaping dolphins posters this was a cultural and financial shock. Kodak, Borders, One.Tel, and other corporate, lost customers by their tens of thousands and soon fell by the wayside. And yet, at much the same time, those same customers began queuing for hours, foolishly grateful for the opportunity to buy iPads and iPhones at full prices. And, before queuing for the privilege, many of those customers would have consumed expensive organic mashed avocado breakfasts washed down by hand-made macchiatos and served by hipster baristas.  So what ...

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

Usually, not by lifting one by the frame as the man is doing in the photo. Unless the string, cord, wire or chain at the back 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, upset the picture frame assembly and pop out the backing board, or, heaven forbid, move the glass out of the frame. This isn't an exaggeration. We've actually seen this happen a few times over the years, causing varying degrees of customer ...

 
What must not be done in conservation picture framing?

Conservation picture framing is a specialized, yet semi-industrial art. It is practised by a bewildering array of qualified and unqualified experts, all possessing and proffering a multitude or views, standards, opinions and qualifications. Nevertheless, in spite if of the diversity of views, skills and practices, there are several obvious, unambiguous and distinct framing methods and materials which are .. anathema to any half-decent, self-respecting, practising conservation picture framer. First of these is using any kind of household or industrial tapes to tape, or hold into place, customers' artwork anywhere inside or outside the picture frame. These tapes have adhesives which not only tend to fail with time, but also tend to stain, mark and burn artwork. A conservation hinging tape must be used and the artwork is hinged, rather than taped. Second is using M.D.F. ..

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

Many of our Ready-Made frames are glazed not with clear glass but with what's known as 'plastic glass' or acrylic (clear plastic) sheeting. This is common in the picture framing industry when shipping to customers larger frames so as to minimize transit damage or breakages. The notes below should help customers wishing to know more on how to store, treat and clean this .. practical, lightweight glazing material. HEAT: Acrylic sheets tend to deform if heated up to 100C. and should be stored in ambient temperature not greater than 80C. SCRATCHING: Acrylic sheets have a relatively high surface hardness, however care should be taken to avoid surface scratches during handling. The sheets are factory-protected with masking film or paper and should not be removed until necessary. CLEANING: Acrylic sheets can be cleaned with a solution of mild soap or household...

 
I bought one of your matted photo frames, how do I attach my photo to the mat?

Attaching artwork (a photo, print, document or paper) to the back of a mat is called "hinging" by picture framers. This is very different to "taping". A picture showing a hinged photo is shown at your left. Another image in another page document taped to a mat. The blog also explains why taping artwork to a mat is a bad idea. We recommend hinging instead. Hinging means .. attaching the art to either the backing board of the picture frame (as shown in the picture) or the back of the mat (not shown in the picture) using 2 hinges (short tape sections) of "hinging tape". This is a special, acid-free pressure-sensitive tape carried by most picture framers. Hinging, instead of taping, allows for expansion and contraction of the artwork during the seasons. If the artwork is taped, the artwork is too rigidly held and not allowed to expand. If this happens the photo, print ... 

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

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 build up. If it really needs solid dirt removed, you can use a microfibre cloth with tepid water. The clear glass pane can be cleaned with a cloth moistened with glass cleaner or water. Do not spray directly on to the glass surface lest some liquid seep under the glass and stains or damages the artwork. Antique, gilded, gold-leaf picture frames however are in a ...

 
Help! My new photo under the photo frame glass has weird "wet" marks or spots!

You will most likely to see this unusual phenomenon when you put a glossy, brand-new photo inside a picture frame, or a photo frame, so that it touches the glass of the frame. In fact, if you squeeze the glass and the back of the frame together, or run a fingertip hard across the back of the frame, you should see the mark, 'spot' or 'stain' increase or travel in the same spot or direction as your .. squeezing or your fingertip travel. And the more the photo touches the glass, the bigger the mark or 'stain' will appear too be. Release the pressure or lift you fingertip and the mark will lessen or disappear altogether. This will confirm to you that this occurrence is caused by the photo coming in contact with the glass. Those odd, seemingly "wet" or dark marks, or spots, you may see when a photo touches the ...

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

First make sure you have your artwork (photo, print, canvas, document, etc) with you so that you can measure it. While this 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. Unfortunately and, in about half the cases, the picture size the customer gets won't be the same size as ordered. Chances are then that when that 50x70cms poster that you've just ordered online comes, it mightn't be that size ...

 
I want a picture frame made up for my picture, do I have leave my print with you?

Generally, yes. We prefer you leave your picture, print, poster or photo (we call it artwork) with us. We need it to make a custom picture frame, put your artwork inside it, seal it, put the wire or cord and hand it do you. Some customers may be worried that their work is contracted out or framed elsewhere, but, with us at least, that's never been the case. All picture frames, photo frames or poster frames and all .. all picture framing is done by skilled, experienced custom picture framers in house. Other customers may be concerned about artwork loss or damage by flood, fire or accident, though in nearly 40 years of making picture frames, we've never had a claim. Still there have been a occasions where customers, for one reasons or another, have elected not to leave their artwork with us but have still wanted us to make picture frames. In these cases we simply measure ...

 
How, why, when and where light can damage your precious, framed art.

We had already written a few posts on the subject of light fading art but recently we came across an old and rather interesting article. After reading it, we deemed it as being far more detailed and better researched than we had already written, even though our posts are based on our experiences and empirical observations over the years. This article, reproduced below, had all the headers cut and was pasted in an old school project book. Although we'd like to attribute it to its original writer, we can't, as all the authoring information was removed. Nevertheless, if someone does know, please email us. In the meanwhile, here's the article: Darkness is the enemy of visual pleasures while its nemesis, light, is its friend and ally. Without light we could not behold all which satisfies our eyes and ...

 
How do I get a pastel ready for picture framing and how will it be framed?

Pastels and charcoals are drawn or painted with short sticks or chalks which are friable media. Friable means a powdery or crumbly and otherwise loose and unstable medium. In fact, if you happen to accidentally touch a pastel or charcoal, chances are that you will smudge it and that some of the medium will come off and stick to your hand. Therefore it is important to safeguard the artwork .. from accidental touching, smudging, other contact or pressure damage. If needing to temporarily store or transport a pastel or charcoal, gently place it between 2 sheets of waxed paper and always carry the artwork face up. Do not move, squeeze or slide the wax paper across the art or it might smudge. For practical protection, apply or spray the artwork with a workable or non-workable fixative. ...