Picture Framing

You’ve paid good money for a picture now protect and enhance your investment.

Pictures are framed for two reasons. Firstly to protect your picture from the atmosphere and secondly to enhance its appearance.

Framing artwork is important both in ensuring the art is presented in the best possible way and also to help protect the work for long term enjoyment.

We offer a high quality local service and can normally provide frames within 7 – 10 days.

The Fine Art Trade Guild has a series of standards from level 1 (minimum) through to level 5 (museum).

The standards we normally work to are the level 3 (Commended) and 4 (Conservation). These provide a good level of protection at a reasonable cost.

Artwork can be in the form of originals on paper, canvas, board, cloth (cross stitch and tapestry) or prints normally on paper.

We provide free advice and help you choose from a range of mount colours and mouldings providing a quotation in advance of any work being carried out.

To help choose what type of framing is best for your picture the Fine Art Trade Guild has designed a set of five framing levels. Please ask for a copy of the leaflet produced by the Fine Art Trade Guild “Framed For Good”.

The Five Levels of Framing

You have a choice about how much or how little you want to safeguard your picture. There are Five Levels of Framing for you to choose from as the following summary explains:

  • Museum – The ultimate protection for your artwork
  • Conservation – Helping preserve your artwork for future generations
  • Commended – Guarantees a degree of protection, with design playing an important part
  • Budget – Visually pleasing, but offering no long-term protection
  • Minimum – Putting economy first

All framing supplied by The Stani Gallery is at least to Commended Level and the work is guaranteed for 3 years.

Caring For Your Pictures

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

Beware 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.

Display at Eye Level 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 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.

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. The Fine Art Trade Guild recommends inspection every five years.

Out of The 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. The Fine Art Trade Guild has set industry-wide standards for printing and framing materials. Ask your framer about the ways in which you can preserve your artwork for the long-term.

Handle With Care When carrying and transporting your 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

Above All Enjoy Your Pictures

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