The Artistic Edge offers a wide variety of framing services to our clients, such as Shadow Box Framing, Display Cases, Needlework and Tapestry Framing, Custom Matting, Mirror Framing, Glazing, Mounting, Canvas Stretching, as well as frame repair
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The frame provides structural strength to enable you to cover your art with glass or acrylic and to hang it. But the color, style and texture of the moulding add its own ingredient to the recipe of your custom-framed art. We have a huge variety of mouldings available. The frame must be cut and assembled carefully to ensure tight corners and structural strength. Frames with bold, deeply embossed designs cannot always be cut so that the patterns match together at the corners. This is so because there is no industry-wide mathematical correlation between design spacing and even standard frame dimensions, much less the infinite sizes available in custom framing. In these cases, it is sometimes necessary to fill the patterns at the corner seams and blend the colors so the mismatch is not noticeable.
Shadow Box Framing/Display Cases
Three dimensional objects present no problem to our experienced framers. There is a way to encase everything from WWII military medals for your grandfather, sport jerseys, baby shoes, vacation souvenirs, or a china doll for your daughter. A shadow box can be very simple or it can incorporate rich fabrics and woods for a superbly elegant effect. Heirloom plates, spoon collections, coin collections, medals, and antique pistols are some examples of items that can be displayed in shadow boxes. Larger items, such as dolls, or an autographed football require display cases.
Before you bring this type of work in for framing you should take them to a professional cleaner and have them cleaned and blocked. Needlework includes all needlework, embroidery, cross-stitch, and crewel, whether they are from kits or original designs. Tapestries include hand woven rugs, handmade quilts, and batiks. Since these articles represent a considerable investment of skill and time, it is very important that they be displayed and protected from damage. There are many ways to display these items, and each may require special treatment to bring out the best in the work and to ensure its preservation. Before we frame these types of materials, you should have them professionally cleaned and blocked when necessary.
Aesthetic decision and functional purpose! It provides a spacer to protect paper art or photographs from direct contact with the glass. This is necessary, particularly in humid climates, to prevent the art from coming in contact with condensation or sticking to the glass and permanently damaging it. For example, if a photograph is framed in direct contact with the glass, in a few years, the silver oxide emulsion will adhere to the glass, causing unrecoverable damage to the photo. The spacing provided by the mat will prevent this while it also provides structural support for the artwork. Mat boards now come in hundreds of colors, textures and appearances.
The choice of mat colors can be used to achieve several benefits. We use all acid-free matting.
Matting - Multiple Openings
There are many occasions where it is appropriate to mount more than one picture in a frame. Some examples are: collage of family photographs, graduation articles (diploma, tassel, pin, etc.), Wedding items (photos, announcement, etc.), or photos from a recent vacation. Collages of photographs can tell a story or cite a family history. Do you know someone building a new home or business? Collect or take photos in various stages of completion, then have them framed in sequence in a multiple opening frame, add appropriate remarks in calligraphy or on engraved plates, then present it as a house warming gift. It's guaranteed to be the most personalized gift they will receive. Multiple openings allow you to display many small pictures in one frame instead of many small frames, thus saving you space and money
Matting - Special Design Treatments
There are many special design treatments that can be applied to your custom framing job. Some of these are: French mats, carved mats, embossed mats, inlayed mats, V-grooved mats, and etched glass. All of these techniques can result in a unique custom framing job, but their use must be selected carefully to ensure that they enhance, rather than detract from your artwork. Usually, one or two of these embellishments applied in concert, will really create a novel work of art.
We can build a mirror frame to fit in perfectly with your decor. A mirror can be cut and framed to fit any place, to within a quarter inch. Department stores or furniture stores may be limited to only certain sizes or styles of mirrors, whereas, we have a whole arsenal of sizes from which you can select. We carry hundreds of mouldings so you'll be sure to find the perfect combination.
First, letís discuss the need. All sunlight and some artificial light contain an invisible electromagnetic component called ultraviolet (UV) light. These light waves are much shorter than visible light and contain more energy (the same energy that causes you to sunburn). This higher energy creates a greater degree of heat and causes more rapid deterioration of the molecular structure of the pigments used in printing. Conservation glass should be used whenever you are framing sentimental, valuable, limited edition and one-of-a-kind artwork. Conservation glass is clear glass to which an ultraviolet (UV) inhibiting film has been applied. Conservation glass blocks about 97 percent of the UV rays, compared to 46 to 50 percent blocked by regular clear and non-glare glass.
Dry mounting is for permanently mounting art of little value for flat presentation.
Most of the time, art with any value should not be dry mounted.
Canvas StretchingThis is achieved by stretching the canvas or fabric around a stretcher bar. This can be stretched to show the entire image in the front or on the face. Or to Gallery wrap, where the image is wrapped around the stretcher bar and you see the art on all sides.