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.

Saving Customers with their picture frames and picture framing inquiries

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconSaving Customers with their picture frames and picture framing inquiries questions, picture-framing-customer-service-teamqueries, sales, complaints and problems is what our Customer Service is all about.  No two  Customer are like, and so are the challenges.  For instance, we have been packing parcels in the same manner and method for years.  And  while one Customer will post us a glowing review for how we do it, yet another will complain that there’s too much packing.  We do however have very good business reputation which, in great part, derives from our experience in the picture framing industry, around 50 years. ... 

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Updating, uplifting and upgrading picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhy this post about upgrading picture frames? Because it's happened to you as it's happened to most, if not to all of us, at one time of our lives or another.  You’veframed-oil-painting-before-and-after-re-framing moved out of your old home into a new one.   Or you’ve moved from an older flat into a newer apartment.   Perhaps you relocated from older style business premises to more modern ones. The end result is the same, either you, your wife, or family have decided,  the old frames just won’t do in the new location, these will need updating.  We come across this situation a few times a month, in most cases, it’s a retiree couple moving to a brand-new apartment.  Regardless of the circumstances the ...

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Of window mat designs and proportions

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Most Customers with an interest or passion in home décor, and more particularly, the picture framing ansmall-oil-painting-framed-with-triple-window-mountd display of art on paper, such as photos, prints, posters and the like, will probably already know what is a window mat  (or window mount  or passé-partout as it is known in Europe)  when researching window mat designs . However for those who may not be fine art aficionados, a window mat is paper or cardboard edge one often sees around many of the nicer photos or images. It creates a separate field of colour, definition and light, between the picture frame and the art itself. More prosaically, it keeps the glass off and away from touching the art ...

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Our 10 best solutions to your 10 worst picture frames problems

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Everyday life is replete with problems and issues, small medium and big and so it is with solutions to picture frames problems , or with photo frames, or with clip framescustomer-relived-at-finding-solution-for-picture-frame-problems and just about every other type of frame there is. In this post below we have enumerated solutions to picture frames problems, or a compendium of the top ten annoyances involving and revolving around these useful, but often frustrating, decor essentials. We hope that at least some of the solutions here will be of use to you.

Problem 1: Should I get my print custom framed or do I just put it myself in a ready–made frame? Generally speaking, this will depend ...

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7 Reasons why custom picture frames are better than ready-made picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconFirst, a succinct explanation of what those two frames are.  A  custom picture frame is a relatively expensive, single,picture-framing-customer-having-great-realizations tailor-made frame, or a bespoke frame, or one made-to-order especially for the Customer by a trained craftsman, to his or her requirements and specifications.  A Ready-Made picture frame is much cheaper, one of many thousands, industrially mass-produced with unskilled labour for a common or standard size, regardless of a Customer’s requirements  or specifications.  That said, let’s discover the very real differences between the two and why in some circumstances the former is preferable to the latter.  Custom frames are generally ...

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On cleaning paper art prior to picture framing

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhy a post on cleaning paper art, you might well ask.  Well now, we can all relate to, and understand, the desirability, if not the necessity, of thorough personal ablution priorsigned-etching-with-window-mat-acid-burn to attending important, social events. Let us , for instance, for a moment imagine a garbologist ( in the context of the Australian idiom ) going to a wedding,  after a long, hard, hot days’ work. We would also further imagine that , he (or she),  would doubtlessly want to bathe, or shower away any, lingering, residual, occupational and personal odours before attending.  Much the same norm or social convention is followed  when undergoing a physical examination or going out to a date. The underlying motive for these ...

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Artists’ regrets, mistakes and failures of times past

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhen it comes  to artists' regrets, mistakes and failures of times pas, it should come as no surprise to our readers that many of our picture framers are, were or have been artists and fine arts female-artist-regretting-past-art-mistakespractitioners.  Artists create, and once art is created, it would be anathema to secret it out of sight.  Indeed, it must be shown, displayed and exhibited. Throughout history much art has been and still produced on canvas and paper.  And art on paper is largely pencil, crayon, watercolour, gouache, charcoal or  other mixed media on paper.  As such is expedient to put this art in picture frames, in fact, what could be, more natural?  But just “ to frame” art, is that enough?  Nay, we say, if art is to be framed it must be done well, or not at all. Alas we are fallible human beings and we do not always do ...

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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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The “Free Shipping” confidence trick

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconNot quite once upon a time, but some moons past, in a faraway land of opportunity, lived a crafty lady called the-free-shipping-confidence-trick-by-bi-commerce-tricksters Annie.  She cleverly crafted fairy and feathery, wondrous earrings which nobody else made.  Then one fine day she thought she should venture on the internet and thus duly signed up with Etsy.  Folks from near and yonder places found her online and happily purchased her hand-crafted wares.  She enjoyed what she was doing, and after some time, even started to earn a modest living.  Alas, one dark day, Etsy abruptly began promoting and prioritizing only the sellers who gave free shipping.  Annie wasn’t one of them, because she just couldn’t ...

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MDF wood frames instead of PVC plastic frames help reduce global warming

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To many of our Staff,  Customers and people we know,  grew  up in the 1970’s, 1980s’ or even earlier , the statement "MDF wood frames help  Attachment Details MDF-wood-picture-framereduce global warming" could seem nonsensical. Back then plastic was fantastic, it was so cheap and convenient, we couldn’t make, buy or use enough of  the staff.  It was literally and still largely is, ubiquitous, and the picture framing industry was no different from the others.  While the custom picture framers never bought much, if any, of the plastic stuff,  just about everyone else did.   PVC ( plastic ) mouldings were, and still are,  a major part  of the mass-produced photo frames and picture frames.  Just about every picture frames wholesaler, discount chain, department store, chemist chain and discount ...

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