The first step in the framing process is choosing a suitable “moulding” to create the frame with.
From an Artist point of view for example if you wanted to frame a seascape artwork, it would make sense to compliment it with choosing a moulding that would suit that style of a beach look. Often we use 2 or even 3 mouldings joined together to create a style that will enhance the artwork to “pop out” at the viewer as the secret of a great frame choice is exactly that – the artwork should be the hero and not the frame.
Once the frame has been cut to size on our double mitre saw, it is then joined on our special frame joining machine called a “V Nailer”.
After the frame is joined, it is then placed around the artwork and secured into place and a wire hanger is made to size and attached and the artwork is now ready to be hung.
If you have a seascape image you were looking to frame, then we would work together to choose a complimenting colour for the Matboards. You may choose the blue of the water as a narrow “accent” ie. 4mm show of that blue coloured Matboard and then a neutral colour perhaps one the best matches the colour of the sand for the main one on the top.
Once the selection of Matboards have been chosen, we then move on to an important aspect of framing under glass. There is basic glass with no UV protection and a high reflection. There is a number of Glass options which are far superior to basic glass and offer UV protection to prevent the image or artwork from fading over time. Also the amazing difference in clarity of the image with very little refection. The superior glass is more expensive but well worth the extra investment to showcase your image or artwork.
Once all the options available have been discussed and decisions made the next step is to prepare and cut an acid free backing board.
The Matboards are then cut to size perfectly using our new Computerized Mat Cutter, and then attached with archival linen tape to the backing board which may be made either with conservation Matboard if the artwork is valuable or an acid free Foamcore board.
The image or artwork is then carefully placed and attached to the backing board with conservation in mind. It is paramount that the correct tapes for attaching the artwork are used to prevent any damage that may occur over the course of time using incorrect adhesives.
Once all is secured together, the next step is to cut the glass to the size required.
The glass measurement is then taken and the moulding is then cut using our precision double mitre saw.
The 4 cuts are then joined together on our specialized “V Nailer” machine and all edges and corners are checked and tidied if needed.
The frame is then placed over the secured glass and artwork and the back is secured and taped over to keep out any dust or insects etc.
Finally the wire hanger is attached ready for your personalized artwork to be hung.