A fair proportion of my framing work is for people who are wanting something re-framed.
Whether that be because the original has been damaged, or they've changed the style of their home and want something more fitting. But a lot of the re-frames I do are because the person has settled on something cheap, simply as a means to display whatever it is they have.
Now, I can totally understand that when you've treated yourself to some nice artwork, you may or may not have already spent a fair bit of money on it; and quite often, the displaying of that artwork is an afterthought, which is why, 9 times out of 10, the frames chosen are from high street shops.
These frames serve a purpose. They do the job. However, as I've mentioned in previous blog posts,
they're never really suitable for the protection and preservation of the artwork you put in them, not to mention the hugely limited styles available mean it's a case of just settling on what’s available rather than getting the perfect frame, made specifically for your artwork, and finished off with the correct materials so that your artwork is properly protected for years to come.
It doesn’t have to be this way, and I'm going to show you.
I had these cool little cat prints that were originally framed in these plastic, ornate style frames.
As you can see, that glass had slipped in both, there were no mounts to keep the artwork from the glass, and the parts of the image were obscured because the aperture of the frame was too small.
As you can see from the back, the mould of these frames was really poor, and the only thing 'trying' to keep the glass in place were four very small and completely inadequate corner pieces.
The backing board had no proper rebate to sit in, which is another reason the glass slipped. And the fixings that were supposed to keep everything in place were four small plastic corner tabs.
So, the plan was to re-frame these in an ornate style moulding, using the proper framing techniques to showcase these great little prints off, but to also ensure they stayed in place, and that they would remain intact and protected.
The first thing was to cut a suitable mount for the images, with an aperture that wouldn't obscure any of the artwork. I added a V grove just as an extra design element. This mount allows the artwork to be hung with acid free tape so it won't shift position. The tape also means that it won’t discolour or damage the paper the artwork is printed on.
Again, as I've mentioned in previous blog posts, you should always aim to mount your artwork. This keeps it away from direct contact with the glass.
The mouldings chosen were ornate in style as per the customer’s request. One of the chosen styles was not available in white, but this wasn't an issue as I was able to hand paint the moulding with a Casein based covering that produces a beautifully smooth finish.
After all of this, the mounted images were sealed into the frames with the fixings to ensure everything stays secure.
As you can see, the difference is obvious.
The original frames were, in all fairness, at the very lowest level of quality for shop bought frames.
There are some places out there that are offering wood frames with proper rebates, but even then, that’s as far as it goes. The material and build quality of these shop frames is still questionable. Not only that, but they're not as cost effective as you may think.
But that's going to be the subject of my next blog post.