A family photo, a vintage movie poster, your child’s first painting or a valuable piece of fine art – whatever the item, choosing to preserve it with a custom frame will not only add value, but keep your art and photos looking beautiful for years to come.
Though it’s not necessary to go the custom route when framing your art work aA family photo, a vintage movie poster, your child’s first painting or a valuable piece of fine art – whatever the item, choosing to preserve it with a custom frame will not only add value, but keep your art and photos looking beautiful for years to come.
Though it’s not necessary to go the custom route when framing your art work and cherished photos, it’s highly recommended, as the processes involved are uniquely suited to preserve your piece. While a professional framer will help you choose the right size and style to suit your piece, there are a few other things you should think about when ordering a custom frame:
Matting Can Enhance Your Work
Matting is the term used to describe the “window-cut” material placed around an image in a frame. Though it’s not a prerequisite, matting serves a practical purpose, as it provides space between the glass and the glazing and possible condensation, as well as allowing the artwork to expand and contract with changes in humidity. It’s also important to note that matting will up the overall size of the finished piece, though it provides visual “breathing room” between the image and the frame.
Use Archival Materials
There’s more to maintaining the lifespan of a photo or piece of artwork than simply encasing it in a frame, especially considering that, in addition to environmental factors, some common framing materials, like paper mats and cardboard, contain acid that can actually destroy your work over time. When considering a professional framer, make sure they use archival mats and backing that will protect art from the effects of ageing and common pollutants that cause yellowing and deterioration.
The Right Mount
There are several ways to mount your piece, and you will need to know which process is best suited to your particular work. Drymount and wetmount processes bond artwork to a board to prevent it from bubbling or cockling, and are best suited to posters and photographs. The processes are irreversible, and not recommended for pieces with any resale value. Museum mounting, or more commonly known as hinging, attaches the art with Japanese paper hinges to the board, allowing the art to hang freely and expand or contract with atmospheric changes. For original artwork, delicate photos or other irreplaceable items, hinging or archival photo corners are the way to go.
Consider Conservation Glass
Photos and artwork are subject to deterioration and discolouring from the harmful effects of UV rays from sunlight (even indirect) and artificial light. Conservation glass is coated with an ultraviolet inhibiting film and will block up to 99 % of UV rays, compared with 46 – 50% blocked by regular glass. For those images that are sentimental, valuable, limited edition or even one-of-a-kind, conservation glass will be your best bet to ensuring the longevity of the piece.
The Right Custom Framer
Whatever the piece, a professional framer will be able to help you make the right choices to preserve it for years to come. With over 20 years’ experience with custom framing in the Oshawa area, Kay’s Place, we take pride in framing your priceless possessions for you to enjoy time and time again.
We use only acid free materials and over 500 frame samples to choose from, it should make for a delightful experience. No art piece or print is insignificant, we frame posters with the same care as framing a $3000.00 original.