We can offer a wide selection of wooden framing options. Simple profiles in such woods as oak, ash, tulip, walnut, or beech can offer a beautiful accompaniment to most artworks. We can also design and build highly bespoke wooden frames to match specific requirements and to take a variety of finishes, from stains, waxes, paints, sprays, and lacquers.
Tray framing offers contemporary solutions to present works on canvas and board, as well as various other works and objects that do not require glass or acrylic protection.
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.
We offer a large range of standard aluminium mouldings in either polished, brushed, or powder coatings. Aluminium offers strength whilst also being light.
Felstead Studios offer a small and carefully selected group of pre-finished (also known as machine-finished) frame mouldings. This selection includes contemporary black and white mouldings through to traditional gold and silver ornate. Pre-finished frames offer an economical, yet still effective, option for framing.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Japanese mounting is a very specialist and advanced process. It covers the use of Japanese papers and traditional wheat starches to hinge and mount artworks. This process has long been agreed to be the most secure and safe way to mount works on paper.
Our standard glass and acrylic offers a more than sufficient physical protection for most pieces.
Our Conservation Glazing offers protection against 99% of UV damage. We recommend this as a default for the protection against light damage.
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.
Wire hangs are the most common of hanging styles 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 out wire hangs.
Strap hangers offer the best and most economical way to support heavier weighted frames. They are our preferred method of hanging as they both keep the frame extremely flush with the wall and offer minimum strain on the frame itself once hung.
Sub-frames allow extra strength to be added to frames. They’re screwed tightly into the back of the frame. They can either be used for split-baton hangings or in combination with other hanging methods to take the pressure of the actual frame.