FRAME DESIGN

Frame Styles

Framing styles vary greatly in material, shape, and complexity. Whilst framing options can feel endless, we try to offer a well thought out and focused selection. The majority of our frames are built from wood, but we also can work with acrylics and metals.

Standard Frames (Wooden)

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.

Selection of unfinished wooden mouldings.
Unfinished ash frame.

Tray Frames (Wooden)

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.

Hand painted tray frame in a light pink wash.
Unfinished beech tray frame.

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.

Acrylic box frame and tray frame samples.
Acrylic tray frame samples.

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.

Black and silver aluminium frame samples.

Pre-Finished Frames

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.

Black pre-finished frame samples.
Gold ornate pre-finished frame samples.

Frame Finishes

As with picking a frame style, finishes can seemingly be endless. We try to make the process as simple as possible but offering a carefully chosen selection of finishes.

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 stained frame samples.
Hand stained frame samples.

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 painted frame samples in Farrow & Ball colours.
Hand painted frame samples in different gold tones.

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.

Hand sprayed frame samples in black.
Hand sprayed frame samples in white.

Mounting Styles

Mounting describes how an artwork is secured and housed within the frame. This commonly fall into 3 different categories; close mounting, window mounting, and float mounting. Although there are many other techniques to mount and display works.

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.

Close mounted artwork with 6mm black fillets (spacers).
Close mounted artwork with 12mm black fillets (spacers).

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.

Standard single window mount in white.
Double window mount in white and gold.

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.

Float mounting with 0mm raise.
Float mounting with 0mm raise.

Japanese Mounting

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.

Float mounting using Japanese hinging.
Float mounting using Japanese hinging.

Glazing Options

The choosing of the correct glazing requires an understanding of the artwork itself, the environment in which it will be displayed, and the potential activity the frame will go through.

Standard Glazing

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

Standard glazing.
Standard glass used in a sandwich float mount.

UV Glazing

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

Conservation Glass filtering 99% of UV light.
Conservation Glass by Artglass (99% UV protective).

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.

Museum glass by Artglass (70%, 92%, and 99% UV protective).

Hanging Systems

There are many options to consider when deciding how to hang a work of art; size, weight, and strength of the frame, as well as security needs and wall type. The standard types of hanging systems we use fall into 3 catagories; wire hangs, strap hangers, and sub-frames/split-batons.

Wire Hangs

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.

Standard wire hang with single screwed D-rings.
Standard wire hang with double screwed D-rings.

Strap Hangers

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.

Standard strap hangers.
Standard strap hangers.

Sub-Frames/Split-Batons

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.

Standard sub-frame with strap hangers.
Standard sub-frame.