Custom Framing Framed By Framie

Top Tips

Keep Out of the Direct light
Try not to hang pictures directly opposite large windows as sunlight fades colours and discolours paper. Special UV-coated glass can help to slow this down.

Avoid Heat

Ideally pictures should not be hung above radiators. Extreme or rapid changes in temperature cause paper and wood to warp and dry out and adhesives to fail.

Beware of Damp
Damp can cause pictures to ripple. If the ripples touch the glass, the picture might stick and be hard to remove. Damp also encourages fungal growth - likely to show as brown stains. Conservation framing can slow these effects, but it is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid conditions. Allow six months before hanging pictures on newly plastered walls.

Eye-level Display
Remember most pictures are designed to be viewed at eye-level. When hanging a group of pictures of different sizes align the top edges. Groups of pictures need not be hung in symmetrical patterns, but they should follow some sort of overall design. Try arranging them on the floor first.

Hang Securely
Use two hooks on the wall, each set about a quarter of the way in from either side of the picture. Check that the cord, wire or other hanger you use is designed to support the weight of your artwork. Where safety is critical, in children's bedrooms, for example, ask your framer about security fittings and glazing.

A Gentle Clean
Dust frames or treat with a soft brush, rather than risk applying water or cleaning fluids. Don't use cleaning fluids or water on the varnished surface of oil paintings; again dust carefully. If cleaning fluids have to be used on the glass, apply them to a duster first (rather than spraying the glass directly); take care not to let the fluids touch the frame.

Handle with Care
When carrying and transporting a picture, grasp the frame firmly on both sides. If you have to store pictures, make sure they are stacked vertically and the right way up. When stacking pictures, stand them 'glass to glass' so that the hangers do not damage the frames.

Regular Checks
If you find any evidence of discolouration, unsightly brown dots, small insects under the glass or that the brown paper tape sealing the back of the frame has come unstuck, return the frame to the framer. Check for corroding picture wire or weak or loosening cord. The varnish on oil paintings will gradually discolour, especially if the picture hangs in smoky or polluted conditions. It should be replaced as it dirties. Oil paintings stretched over wooden bars may sag over time and the bars can make a slight imprint on the front of the canvas. Take the picture back to your framer for tightening or re-stretching.


Testimonials

Greenpeace FSC and PEFC

Hi Steve Thanks very much for sending the frames so quickly, they looked great. Viola Framing used FSC Frames and PEFC Mounts
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Headteacher and Office staff, felt that we had to send you a mes

Hi Steve Our frames have just arrived and we, Headteacher and Office staff, felt that we had to send you a message to say how pleased we are with...
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Frame arrived today

Hello Steve Our frame arrived today and is lovely.
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It looks fantastic, thank you very much for doing a great job.

Hi Stephen I just to let you know that I have received my cross stitch today. It looks fantastic, thank you very much for doing a great job. Kind...
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huge 'thank you'

Hello Steve I just wanted to drop a quick line to say a huge 'thank you' for getting the frames to me on time. I gave them to my husband this...
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