The Custom Picture Framer Blog

Framing The Unusual

Framing The Unusual

One of the most exciting parts of being a framer is meeting new people who trust us enough to leave their precious memories in our hands. They come in to preserve and display the artwork, objects, and photographs that are important to them. There are many things that...

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Original Paintings – To Glaze or Not to Glaze

Original Paintings – To Glaze or Not to Glaze

With the vast array of creative media available to artists, it’s important for a custom framer to be familiar with as many as possible. In this post we’ll be reviewing how framing original paintings differs from framing other types of artwork, and how to ensure you’re caring for your cherished items properly.

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Archival Methods – Lining an Antique Map

Archival Methods – Lining an Antique Map

We recently had a customer bring in a large 1904 Scarborough “Classroom Map” of Pennsylvania that was in desperate need of restoration. It had long ago been nailed to a framed corkboard panel, and was in poor condition from mishandling and inadequate storage. There...

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Benton Spruance and Public Art in Philadelphia

Benton Spruance and Public Art in Philadelphia

T.W.I.G. (The Window in Glenside) features select works by Benton Spruance during the month of August, 2019. As a member of the Philadelphia Art Commission, Spruance was instrumental in securing City Council's approval for an ordinance requiring one percent of the...

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Archival Methods – The Economical Direct Contact Overlay

Archival Methods – The Economical Direct Contact Overlay

 So you have a treasured heirloom or costly investment you'd like to preserve and display? But you’ve already spent enough money on the item that the additional cost of custom framing just isn’t in the budget? Since art isn’t meant to be just stored in a box under the...

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How’s It Hanging?

How’s It Hanging?

Walls. Sure, they keep your roof up. But most importantly, it’s where you hang your framed artwork! Get ready, because it’s time to review some common hanging methods you’re likely to encounter. You may already be familiar with the sawtooth hanger, sometimes...

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Focus On – MATBOARDS

Focus On – MATBOARDS

Terms like “acid-free” and “archival” are tossed around fairly often in the art world, but what do they really mean? And how can you be sure that the materials in closest contact with your precious artwork won’t do harm over time? Well, you can start by consulting...

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Focus on – MOUNTING

Focus on – MOUNTING

In the world of custom framing, mounting is the method used to secure your artwork onto a backing board within the frame. There are a number of ways we achieve this, but for now we’ll be focusing on a technique called “dry mounting.” Dry mounting is different from...

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What Your Framer Wants From You…

What Your Framer Wants From You…

So you’ve got great artwork or a memory that you want to keep forever and hang on your wall for everyone to see. Now what? We understand that custom picture framing can at times be an intimidating process. With thousands of samples to choose from, and many factors to...

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Frame Moulding – How Do They Make That?

Frame Moulding – How Do They Make That?

When you walk into Custom Picture Framer, it's likely you'll be awestruck by the beauty and variety of the moulding samples surrounding you. We have over 2,000 samples in our showroom, and that's only a small fraction of what's available. We take pride in only...

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