Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

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A word ( or two ) 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 ...

 
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 ... 

 
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 ...

 
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 ...

 
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. ...

 
Help! My brand new window mat is all scuffed and dirty, how do I fix it?

This is a question we often get asked from Customers who do their own picture framing or assemble their picture frames and photo frames. New window mats (also called window mounts) shouldn't get to Customers dirty or scuffed but occasionally this does happen. If you do get this problem, you have the choice of going back to the mat supplier and asking for a mat replacement or try to fix .. the problem yourself. This post will not address the former solution but the latter. When a window mat or matboard bears scuff marks (the sort or marks that show up and you can see when you run your fingernail over a black mat) an easy and inexpensive solution is to wipe the affected area with a damp kitchen  ...

 
Can I custom frame my own picture frames or do my own picture framing at your store?

Unfortunately, no. We do get asked this every now and then and the answer is, that while we'd like you to, sorry, but you can't. We certainly have the knowledge and picture framing experience and some of our staff have even taught students how to make picture frames and conducted picture framing classes. However, we don't think that picture framing classes, or teaching DYO picture framing, are .. viable commercial propositions any longer. We have witnessed a marked and dramatic decline in people making or crafting their own art. Witness the nearly lost crafts of embroidery, paper-tole making and scrap-booking. Sure, there are still people who do do these crafts, but far less than 30, 20 or even 10 years ago. We think that the internet and online activities are largely responsible for the slow demise of these once-popular ... 

 
Do you ring customers when their picture frames are ready to pick up?

Only if our Customers request it because for the majority of picture framing jobs, there's no need to. When you bring your print, photo poster or artwork to be picture framed we will always give you a pick-up or collection date. This applies to 95% of all jobs. We find that this system works better for both Customers and us. The only exceptions are special jobs requiring special picture frames, special photo frames or special picture framing.  Examples are damp or mouldy artwork which may need lengthy airing and cleaning prior to framing, "wet" or freshly painted oil paintings which can take weeks to dry or "cure" prior to framing, elaborate or fragile memorabilia or especially-made picture frame mouldings. Much more rarely, a key machine breaks down, perhaps our computerized mat cutter ...

 
Help! I just picked up my picture frames, but how do I get them home in my car?

You can look at the picture and laugh but don't laugh too hard, we see this sort of thing week in, week out! We at times observe, from inside our premises, customers leaving our store with their newly-purchased picture frames, walking down the road and loading these into their cars. Not uncommonly what we see, horrifies us! With little or even medium sizes picture frames we don't see all that much wrong but with medium-size (90cm plus wide) and larger picture frames we witness customers' loading misdeeds which inflict visual tortures to our picture framers' hearts and minds. We understand that mums with kids are busy but they are the absolute worst offenders. They come in with the boot of the cars absolutely chokers with shopping, groceries, party dresses, carnival masks ...

 
What are signature picture frames and how much do these cost to make?

Signature frames are ordinary, matted picture frames with mats which will be signed by at an occasion or an event's guests, invitees, attendees or participants, as shown by the wedding signature picture frame example at the left here. Although having the wedding guests sign the signature at a wedding is the most popular signature frame we do, we have also made signature frames .. for other occasions or events. Bar mitzvahs, baby showers, bridal showers, first communions, confirmations, corporate events, retirements, presentations, commemorations, graduations and valedictions are additional, signature picture frames for events and memorable milestones we have framed for. A signature frame will help foster remembrance and pay homage to past memories of  ...

 
Why picture framing with Perspex or plastic glass costs more than using clear glass

There's a common, public misconception that Perspex, or plastic glass, as most customers call it, is or should be considerably cheaper and more readily available than clear glass. But in fact, the opposite is true. Plastic-based materials such as perspex or acrylite and polyethylene sheets actually cost 3 to 6 times more to buy than than clear picture framing glass sheets, depending on quality .. Importantly, these materials aren't as readily available because picture framers cannot score and snap plastic sheets themselves with a relatively inexpensive, pencil-type, hand-held, glass cutter as they do when cutting glass sheets. They nearly always have to buy these cut-to-size sheets from an outside plastics fabricator. To cut plastic panels to size from larger sheets, the plastics fabricator ..