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Style

The shape of the frame, from simple square profiles through to more complicated ornate styles.

Finish

The application of textures, colours, and seals to a frame once the bare wood frame has been built.

Each frame we build is broken down into 5 design elements; style, finish, mounting, glazing, and hanging. The choices for each element relate to aesthetic, practical, and conservation requirements.

STYLE

The shape of the frame, from simple square profiles through to more complicated ornate styles.

Wooden Frames

The majority of the frames we offer are solid woods such as oak, ash, tulip, walnut, or beech. We can also design and build bespoke wooden frames to match specific requirements and to take a variety of finishes, from stains, waxes, paints, sprays, and lacquers. Tray frames are available with offer a contemporary solution when presenting works that do not require glass or acrylic protection, such as works on canvas and board. We also offer a carefully curated selection of pre-finished mouldings in a variety of styles.

Acrylic Frames

Acrylic can offer a striking and contemporary solution for framing. We can offer acrylic box frames, sandwich frames, and tray frames in a variety of finishes and colours.

Aluminium Frames

We offer a large range of standard aluminium mouldings in either polished, brushed, or powder coatings. Aluminium offers strength whilst also being light.

FINISH

The application of textures, colours, and seals to a frame once the bare wood frame has been built.

Hand Staining & Waxing

Waxes can offer very subtle ways of changing the tone of a frame, bringing out the grains of our woods. Stains offer more bold effects with several strong and natural colours to choose from.

Hand Painting

We have 25 of our own standard colours, along with the entire collection of 132 Farrow & Ball colours. Hand painting also offers endless creativity with colour combinations, colour matching, styles, textures, and layers.

Hand Spraying

Frames can be hand sprayed to any colour required in several finishes from matte through to a full gloss. This is an extremely high quality finish that offers an aesthetic hard to capture any other way.

MOUNTING

How an artwork, print, or object is secured and presented within a frame.

Close Mounting

Close mounting describes an artwork mounted ‘to edge’ with no border surrounding it. This is quite a contemporary option but can work with many styles. Artwork is still attached to mountboard behind using conservation techniques, to keep it secure within the frame.

Window Mounting

Window mounting is the most common and traditional option for securing artworks. The artwork is secured between two mats, the front with a beveled edged window aperture cut in the middle so the artwork can be viewed.

Float Mounting

Float mounting shows the entire work secured in the middle of the frame with a border surrounding it and no mat over. This allows the work to seemingly ‘float’ in the middle of the frame.

GLAZING

The glass or acrylic fitted to the front of the frame, to both protect and enhance an artwork.

Standard Glazing

Our standard glass and acrylic offers a more than sufficient physical protection for most pieces.

Conservation Glazing

Our Conservation Glazing offers protection against 99% of UV damage. We recommend this as a default for the protection against light damage.

Museum Glazing

Our Museum Glazing is the best options for both protection and aesthetics. It offers UV protection, anti-reflection, and high clarity, allowing for the best possible viewing experience.

With out Museum Glass, there are several different options and UV grades, protecting against 70%, 92%, or 99% of UV damage.

HANGING

How a finished frame is hung and secured to the wall or within a particular space.

Wire Hanging

Wire hanging are the most common options used for framing. Whilst there are many types of wires and cords on the market (at various qualities), we exclusively use high quality nylon coated reenforced steel wire for all our wire hangings.

Strap Hangers

Strap hangers offer the best and simplest way to support heavier weighted frames. They are our preferred method of hanging as they offer minimum strain on the frame itself once hung.

Sub-Frames/Split-Batons

Sub-frames allow extra strength to be added to frames. They can either be used to accompany split-baton hangings or in combination with other hanging methods to take the pressure of the frame.