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.

Digital photo frames versus traditional photo frames, who’s winning?

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In the contest of digital photo frames versus traditional photo frames the winner seems to be traditional photo frame. It wasn't that long ago, around the year 2000, that digital photo frames first appeared in Australia. We remember still the collective shiver Australian unattractive-digital-photo-frame picture framers experienced when these first came onto the market. The world was, and still is changing fast. The computer, the internet, the world wide web have and are still continuing to, kill off entire industries. Older, established picture framers well remembered advertising behemoths like Yellow Pages to whom we slavishly bowed and paid tribute to every year. So if technological change has wiped out one of of the world's largest ...

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Can I have my new prints and photos framed into some old picture frames I have?

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We are occasionally asked if we can fit Customer's new photos framed into some old picture frames they may have.  The answer is yes,  but this is conditional to the quality, soundness recycled-photo-frame and suitability of the picture frame to be re-used. To begin with, the picture frame, or photo frames being considered for recycling should be sound, solid, free from borers or other insect infestation. Its corners should be unsprung, that is, closed tightly without gaps or rocking or rolling. If any of the picture frame corners do move whilst being handled than the frame is said to to be "sprung". If so, it will then have to be dismantled and ...

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Can I phone through a custom picture frame order and pick it from your store?

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"Can I phone through a custom picture frame order" was a request we received last week?  Sorry, no, we said,  we would rather not do it. And we know this sounds crazy, but let us explain why.  The main reason is that most people aren't picture framers, they don't know how to measure for picture framing, they get the measurements wrong and then we may make picture frame that won't fit the artwork. When this happens, the customer blames us and either refuse to pay for the frame we just made or wants a new or "better" frame made up for free. This is a lose-lose situation for both customers and ourselves and that's why ...

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Do you sell or make picture frames sourced from old, used or recycled timbers?

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Do we make picture frames sourced from old used or recycled timbers?  Sorry, no. Recycled timber picture frames are sold in niche or specialist markets. Frames from old timbers are generally morerecycled-timber-picture-frame expensive than normal, run-of-the-mill picture frames or photo frames. Typically, these specialised frames are only about 3~5 % of all sales and it's difficult to specialise in these and remain commercially profitable. If you look on the web you'll find some recycling  picture framers not that many. There are several good reasons why this is so. The main one has to do with commercial profitability...

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

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We have had more than one Customer asking us if he or she can  "do my own picture framing"  our premises and unfortunately the answer is, always no.  While wepicture-framer-making-a-picture-frame certainly would have the requisite knowledge and experience, supervising D.Y.O. students and conducting  classes is not what we do. One of  the  reasons for this is that we do not believe that picture framing classes, or teaching D.Y.O. picture framing, are viable commercial propositions, nowadays.  Certainly 30, 20, even 10 years ago this business model did work, but not today.  The average Customers today is very much time-poor and has better things to do than to spend time and money trying to make ...

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Does your picture framing customer service include ringing Customers when their work is ready?

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We are occasionally asked if part of our picture framing customer service is to ring Customers when we have completed their picture frames. We reply that we generally do so phone-call-from-a-picture-framer only when a Customers requests 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 a collection date. This applies to 98% of all framing jobs. We find that this system works better for both Customers and ourselves. The only exceptions are special jobs requiring special treatment, different handling or ...

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There don’t seem to be any more art galleries around, where have they all gone?

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They're not there any more because they've gone bust, broke, closed their doors and the owners have shut the business down! art-gallery-closing-downFrom the once rich, booming, westernmost capital city of Perth to the staid, conservative, southernmost capital city of Hobart, art galleries are going out of business as perhaps these never have. There are several reason for this but, in the main, there aren't enough customers, people aren't buying as often and the few who do spend a lot less than they used to. Perth gallery owners complain ...

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

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So, how to get home with picture frames, especially large ones?  The photograph shown here succinctly depicts how some Customers leave our store with their car-overloaded-with-picture-framing-supplies  newly-purchased picture frames and load them into their cars for their trip home. Not uncommonly what we see, horrifies us! With little or even medium sized picture frames we don't see all that much wrong but with larger size (90cm plus wide) picture frames we witness customers' loading misdeeds which inflict visual tortures to our picture framers' hearts and minds. We appreciate that mums with kids are busy but they really seem to be ...

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

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Signature picture frames are ordinary, matted picture frames with mats which will be signed by at an occasion or an event'swedding-signature-picture-frame 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   ...

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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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