CUSTOM FRAMING SERVICES
- Conservation custom framing for art, photographs, documents, memorabilia or collectables
- Shadow boxes & object framing
- Stretching for canvases, needlepoint, batik and tapestry
- Plaque mounting
- Canvas transfers
- Custom mirrors – with your mirror or ours
- Free quotes
The moulding or frame is generally the biggest expense in any custom framing job. At ARTWORLD work only with manufacturers that match our own high standards. Our selection is very large, but nothing to be intimidated by. We are experts and will help guide you to the right framing to show off your art and fit your style. Read more about our suppliers here.
Matting is the coloured paperboard material that is used to create a transition from the picture to the frame. It also prevents the glass from being in direct contact with the artwork. Different temperatures between the inside and outside of the frame can cause condensation to build up inside the frame, causing the artwork to stick to the glass and potentially growth of mould or bacterial parasites. The space provided by matting allows the moisture to settle safely on the glass. In the absence of matting, acrylic spacers are a fair alternative.
Ordinary matboard is pulp based and contains acids and lignins that over time will damage the artwork they come into contact with. ARTWORLD offers only conservation quality artboards from Artique and Bainbridge – which are free of all acids, lignins and other impurities. Our conservation matboards provide a range of over 300 colours of 100% virgin alpha-cellulose paper surface matboards, that are Alkaline pH buffered, give smooth, pristine bevels and consistent fade and bleed resistant colours.
We also have a selection of classically elegant fabric mats in textures such as suede, silk and linen along with updated metallic in rice paper finishes and very trend-forward distressed looks. We now offer 8-Ply matboards, that are increasing in popularity. Their double thickness gives a bold, contemporary presentation to your photographs and other paper art.
Hinging or Mounting
In conservation framing, the method of mounting or hinging is very important. The rule of thumb is that you always want to use a tape that is weaker than the paper, so that if a piece is jolted after it’s framed it is the tape that will tear not the art. It is also important to use only tapes or other adhesives that can be safely removed without causing any damage to the art. Hinging should be of acid-free materials and the method will vary depending on the item being framed. At ARTWORLD we use only tried and tested methods and acid-free materials to display and protect your artwork.
Mounting Board or Backing
The back of your framed project is completed with Archival Foamcore, created especially for framing with a 100% cotton rag surface. ARTWORLDalso offers drymounting, which although non-conservation, it is a way to keep less valuable posters or photographs looking beautiful and flat for as long as you have them. This is not a way to smooth out original art that is inherently very rippled, such as watercolours or children’s paintings as it is permanent. For this reason it is also not something recommended for any print that will be devalued by permanent alteration from its original state.