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Why has my picture gone all weird, wonky, bubbly and funny?

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Every now and then we get Customers either bringing framed art similar to the one shown here or ringing in about  this predicament, hence this post "Why has my pictcockling-buckling-rippling-artworkure gone all weird, wonky, bubbly and funny?". 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 ...

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

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Some time ago we had a teenager come by looking for work, hence the inspiration for this post" Let a Thousand Failures Wilt, or how modern society has failed our children". 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, ...

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

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As picture framers we’ve come across this problem more than once and with lots of customers, mostly mums, hence this post "Ready-Made frames for all the pictures your children create at kindy and school . It can be A chid's drawing in a black pre-made, ready-made picture frame 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 ...

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I’ve never had anything custom framed before, how does it work?

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We agree, if you have not done this before, it can be a little scary, hence our post "I’ve never had anything custom framed before, how does it work? 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 ...

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The new “Transterior” decor trend in picture frames and picture framing

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Transterior is quite a recent interior design term, hence our post "The new "Transterior" decor trend in picture frames and picture framing" .  In a nutshell, it’s that pTransteriand outdoor picture frame and picture framinglace 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 ...

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

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As the first question, does your painting need a picture frame at all? And no, this isn’t too strange a question to ask  Oil painting stretched on a stretcher frame and ready for hanging–nowadays. This is because many modern oil paintings, or art on canvas, are painted or printed directly on cheap strainer frames, and hence, our post "How do I frame and hang my stretcher-framed oil painting art?"  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 ...

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

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 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, but, please read thisOil painting with stacked picture frame mouldingsd-with-two-stacked-mouldings.jpg post  "Someone mentioned picture frames with “stacked mouldings”, what are those? " . 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  ...

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

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At first glance this seems a trivial and unimportant question, hence this post "When at the framer’s, who should open up and remove prints and poster from mailing Picture framing customer removing a poster from a mailing-tubetubes?.  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 ...

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Who or what, killed all the picture framing shops?

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Beginning only 20-odd years ago or so, the advent of the internet, while creating new industries and new jobs, also Picture framing shop closing downdestroyed comparatively more industries and jobs than it created.  This post "Who or what, killed all the picture framing shops? attempts to shed some light on this modern phenomenon.  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 ...  

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

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We believe that one of the main reasons that photos, prints, posters and pictures are not framed is because of the cost, hence this post "How, when and where to save money on custom picture frames in 4 easy steps". Multiple ways of saving money when buying poster framesAnd 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 ..

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