Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

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Double Your Picture Framing Dollars With Matted Picture Frames

We have noticed that many of our picture framing Customers are thrifty, frugal and quite astute. When coming to our factory to buy photo frames and picture frames, they often also ask us how can they same money.  In not so many words, they seem to want more bang for their bucks, or more picture frames for what they want to spend.  This is why we would like to divulge a relatively unknown, and somewhat underused, shopping strategy , and that is to buy matted frames; instead of normal frames. A matted frame is a photo frame, or a picture frame, that has a window mat inside its frame. Common matted photo fames comprise matted certificate frames, matted photo frames and matted poster frames.  Below is an example of an 11"X14” matted certificate  frame  with an 8"x10"... 

 
A Word About Picture Framing Testamurs

A testamur is often also called an award certificate, a university graduation certificate or diploma. 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 are valuable documents in so far that these prima facie evidence tertiary qualifications.  Nowadays undergraduates and graduates are given both a paper  copy and digital copy of their award.  The paper size of the testamurs can vary greatly between Australia’s  43-odd universities, not to mention other, higher education colleges and other professional institutions.  And herein lies the problem. Simply put, there 43 institutions with just about 43 different ...

 
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 ..