Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

Welcome to our weblog about picture framers, picture frames and picture framing. It is published with the goal to share information, knowledge, tips, ideas and opinions about this industry. All posts are grouped in the sections listed below. For help with orders, visit our Help and FAQs or use the Contact page.

You sell a range of Art Deco Mirrors, can you tell me more about them?

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We need to first mention that the range of Art Deco mirrors sold in our Online Store are not original 1930's pieces but locally made, contemporary or modern reproductions. Original, period Art Deco mirrors, can sell for tens of thousands of dollars and will not be found on ordinary, commercial sites. Look for these instead but on dedicated, specialist online antiques resellers. The mirror, or looking-such glass, as it was anciently called, was a very early development of human engineering. From...

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Beware of shonky picture framers and dodgy picture framing practices!

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While it's true that "You can’t please all of the people all of the time" we believe that picture framers do have certain legal, shonky-picture-framerethical and professional obligations in their picture framing practices. Legally, they have to practise sound standards of honesty in all transactions and avoid using false, inaccurate or misleading terms, descriptions or claims. Ethically, they must properly care for all customers' artwork in their keeping and produce picture frames equal or superior to the quality of displayed samples. Professionally, they should maintain a ...

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

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Isn't framing with Perspex cheaper than glass? There's a common, public misconception that Perspex, or plastic glass, as most customers call it,picture-framing-plexiglass-plastic-glasWiki-Knowledge-article-icon 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 ...

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How can I restore a damaged, old photograph before re-framing it?

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconTo the question how to restore a damaged old photograph we believe that there are essentially three ways. The first is to give your photorestored-photograph to an art restorer and pay this skilled professional to physically touch up and re-paint with ink, gouache and watercolour your original photograph. Many people prefer this method. However it can be risky as the restorer must handle and work on the original, it is without guarantees, it is time-consuming and expensive. The second is to give your original photo to a digital restores and pay this skilled ...

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I want to be a picture framer, how do I become one?

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhat? You want to be  a picture framer? Do you know what you're letting yourself in for? If not, here are some facts aboupicture-framer-using-vee-nailert picture framers, picture framing and the picture framing industry in general. Currently there are almost no jobs, vacancies or employment opportunities in our industry. An Australian Job Search for picture framer vacancies on 20 February  2020 yielded zero vacancies, either part or full time. Searches with other job sites were just as disappointing. There were 2 or 3 more jobs here and there but all were ...

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How to break up with your busy, inconsiderate and expensive picture framer!

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconYou have that sinking feeling.  Your picture framer doesn't greet you like he used to. He's too busy to see you and you are now starting to see him as an  expensive picture framer. He sends customer-arguing-with-picture-framerhis junior staff to serve you instead. If you do manage to speak to him, he's curt, cold and distant. When he gets around to making your picture frames, he's not on time anymore, he's always late. And when he's late, he doesn't ring to apologize, like he used to. You feel like he's brushing you off. And his prices have trebled! You used to have such an easy, carefree and inexpensive relationship. You felt  safe and  secure . But somehow ...

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What’s the difference between a shadow box frame and a box frame?

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconSimply said, a shadow box picture frame has at least one raised window mat that will cast a shadow on the artwork whereas a shadow-box-picture-frame hasn't. In the example photo shown here the light blue mat is raised and casts a shadow over the child's artwork underneath. And while there are other matting and spacing variations, this is the main difference between the two picture framing styles. Again referring to the self-same illustration, many shadow box frames have one or more mats  recessed at the  bottom of the ...

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Why you should get photos picture framed with a window mat or window mount

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The main reason why are photos picture framed with a window mat In this moisture-damaged example photograph, moisture omoisture-damaged-photographr water has caused the water-soluble emulsion (the top part with the actual image) to partially liquefy and adhere or stick to the picture frame glass. This would probably not have happened had the photo been framed with a mat (or window-mat) to keep it away from the glass. Picture frames with photos should always .. be matted or have window mounts which, as well as visually enhancing the photo, help prevent photos from sticking to glass. Glass ...

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Does anyone know when was the first picture frame made?

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No, but we can at least refer to oldest, known, surviving picture frame now at the British Museum in London. It earliest-known-picture-frameis a Roman-era, wood-framed, mixed tempera portrait of a woman, with extant, hanging cord of palm fibre, made in Egypt at about AD 50-70. It would seem that as soon on as man (or a woman) learned to draw picture of his loved ones on some portable media, such as wood .. .panel, he would also have wanted it to put a frame around it and hang it. And while the British Museum picture frame is over  two ...

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Is it safe to use glass to frame big posters like 36″x48″ (122x92cms) or bigger?

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To the oft-asked question "Is it safe to use glass to frame big posters?"  we answer, yes, and we'll also blog about this because we've come across it a few times in the last few months or so. It generally goes likehuge-picture-frame-with-glass this: a Customer rings us wanting to frame a "big" picture or print with Perspex instead of glass. We query if the picture frame is for a hospital, a children's environment, an aged care home or a high-traffic area. No the customer says. It's just that they have a "really big" picture and he or she has been told to use plastic or perspex instead of glass. They've been told that either a glass sheets of that size isn't available, or, a glass that size would be "too heavy" and "too dangerous" .....

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