sporadicvoltage asked: Hello, I work at Michaels in the custom frame shop, and far more the often do I get people that want a frame that is what too thin for the size of the art work going in it. I give them the 2 reason as to why we wouldn't be able to use that particular frame they want. 1. "the frame will be structurally unsound" and they respond "well I've had it in a frame that thin for years and it never broke. 2. "it will look disproportional to the piece its self."
Oh, I’ve heard this so many times from customers. It seems that everybody wants a frame that is barely there. Without understanding the structural element of the frame, customers tend to get frustrated by being told what they cannot have.
There are ways to give a wooden frame more structural support from the back (stapling mat board strips across the length of the back from frame edge to edge) but I think it’s important to warn the customer and be up front about the instability of that type of solution.
For anyone who is super set on a really thin profile I will usuallly direct them toward metal frames. I personally don’t like metal (aluminum) frames as much as wooden ones, but they come super thin and the thin ones can be made larger than their wooden counterparts without loosing their structural integrity. The only problem is they do not come in as many finishes as wood frames.
These metal frames above show you just how thin they can be made and why. There is a structure that wraps around, basically adding a frame to the back of the work allowing the front to be barely visible.
Usually people come in to get something framed and I help them pick out 3-5 really great options for their photo/artwork/certificate etc. With a few good choices laid out, it’s not long before that person is clearly leaning towards one or two of the options. That’s when, BAM, I come in with my final opinion to kill the indecisiveness and help them make their final decision. I’m good at being decisive when there is someone for me to work off of. On my own I am horribly, unflinchingly indecisive. I’m the queen of “sleeping on it” - which makes for awkward long pauses in restaurants while I choose between a pesto pasta or bolognese. So, I’m curious. What would you choose when faced with three options to frame a piece of art. Help me out on this one and take the poll…
I recently went home for the wedding of one of my best friends. The wedding and the whole week leading up to it were great and filled with lots of occasions for gift giving. It was, of course, my pleasure to shower my friend with gifts (since she is one of those people who is too humble to think she deserves anything) but as per usual, my wallet never seems to fit my intentions with gift giving. This means I had to get thrifty and crafty.
As a special gift, I decided to make her and her husband a personalized piece of art - a 4 color paper cut-out to commemorate the day they officially became a Mr. and Mrs. Instead of giving them a piece of paper though, I wanted to get it properly framed.
Though I’m a framer where I live and therefore have access to heavily discounted framing supplies and every tool I could possibly desire, when I go back home to my parents’ house I’m relegated to the same supplies most people have sitting around their home.
In order to frame the gift for them to my standards (no cutting corners for me - I’m a pro) I got smart about what things I decided to have custom done…here’s how I managed a professionally framed semi-DIY frame job on a budget:
pookascrayon asked: Adrienne, do you know anything about canvas repair? We have a painting my mother did, and it received a nasty gash through a long story I won't bother to relate.
I have not personally repaired a torn canvas before. That’s usually a job a framer will pass on to a conservator. Many framers have a trusted conservator that they use regularly.
If you are set on DIY, depending on how crafty you are and how bad the gash is, this may be a job you could tackle yourself. It’s a pretty involved job though which involves sewing the tear and repainting the damaged areas on the front of the canvas. All in all it seems to require the expertise of a professional. The images below are from the Gainsborough Products website which sells a kit for canvas repair.
Since a painting from your mother, if nothing else, holds sentimental value, I’d highly recommend investing in a professional fix and finding a local conservator. A good one can practically work miracles. Just make sure to find someone based on recommendations and ask to see images of their work. You wouldn’t want your painting to turn into this botched restoration effort…
Hope this helps!