Questions for Picture Framers

March 31, 2020

40 years of picture framing experience

Putting a mount on a pictureGadsby’s have been framing and restoring pictures since 1898, and I have been working there for forty years in a framing capacity working in the workshops and advising customers of their framing requirements.

I thought that I would share with you the most popular questions and queries which we are asked most weeks. If you have any questions of your own you can always email them to me and I will respond accordingly.

Materials & processes

The materials which we have used over my forty years have changed dramatically. In the early days there was not much consideration about the longevity of the image being framed where as today many customers are concerned about the long term effect of the framing process. The image does not have to have a significant monetary value, it could have great sentimentality.

  • In the early days wallpaper paste would be used to stick pictures to a backing board, today acid free materials are used.
  • Picture frame mouldings would always be made of wood but today a variety of materials are used to produce mouldings which can keep the cost down but look amazing.
  • Frames were hand joined using fine panel pins, which were strong but can look unsightly if used on some of our popular styles of framing.
  • Today a frame made in our workshops will be joined using hydraulic machines which push wedges into the bottom of the frame making them impossible to see.

Advising on framing

It is always difficult to advise about framing over the phone or by email if we have not seen the picture. Photographs can be emailed but that is never as good as seeing the image for real!

Mounts / borders

The first query is often will the image need a mount or a coloured border. I would estimate that 75% of the images which we frame do have mounts applied as they will enhance a photograph, cross stitch, tapestry, watercolour painting etc.

Mouldings

Do we hold a good range of mouldings in stock? Yes we hold an excellent range of mouldings in stock with over 300 available in gold, silver, black, greys, bright colours and natural wood to name a few.

Glass

What type of glass should I have fitted? There are several types of glass available to the picture framing industry but by far the most popular is 2mm clear glass. This is a good quality clear glass which will not alter the colours of the image or the surrounding mount. Standard clear glass will not protect against the detrimental effects of sunlight. For 99% sunlight protection you will have to use U V protective glass which is more expensive but will be worth it in the long term.

Non reflective glass is also available which is popular if your picture is hanging opposite a window as it will diffuse the bright daylight shining through the window.

Cost / options

One final and most popular question is about cost. This is not always a simple answer as we can usually frame to fit in with your budget. We offer a totally bespoke service which we would recommend to present your image at its best. Alternatively we stock a range of ready made frames which can be adapted with a mount to fit the image and frame together.

You have the option of an empty frame which you can pop the picture in yourself, or a clip frame may suffice.

Finally, we frame many different types of sports memorabilia including football, rugby and cricket shirts. We have framed cricket bats and balls, boxing gloves and shorts, medals and darts. All of these present an individual challenge but after discussions with the customers we will find a way forward.

 

Written by: Peter Gadsby, Director of W. Frank Gadsby Limited

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