Q: Why is Custom Framing so Expensive?
A: Custom Framing is a unique product consisting of combining various components and creating a precise and exactly measured final presentation. This creates a "one-of-a-kind" presentation piece to be admired for years. Framers take art, mats, glass, along with the frame and put them all together making a complete piece of art. When you factor in that custom framing will last
15-20 years,the investment you make is not very costly per year as one might think.
Q: Why does it take so long for a frame order to be ready?
A: Generally a frame order is ready within 10 - 14 days depending on the availability of the various
components. Since each component is cut to fit the art, it takes a bit longer than something that
is already precut.
Q: Is there a formula for what colors go together?
A: Generally, colors are combined in the framing process to compliment the art. Neutral tones for matting is almost always a safe bet if you are not sure where something will hang. Adding multiple mats always makes the art more important. If there are multiple color options, you may combine colors to match or compliment the decor of your home.
Q: Do I need glass in order to frame something?
A: Glass is generally used in almost all framing orders unless you are framing an oil painting or something that has been protected against the elements. Glass provides protection against pollutants and in the case of conservation glass will protect against damaging UV rays.
Q: Why is there a paper cover on the back of the framed order when I pick it up?
A: The covering on the back is known as the "dust jacket". It is intended to protect the interior components against dusk and pollutants. This adds to the longevity of custom framing. Less costly options to frame your art will seldom have this value added feature.
Q: Why shouldn't I buy frames from discount outlets such as Marden's,Walmart's or Flea Markets?
A: Discount outlets and big name stores certainly do sell frames, many times with glass. They are usually, though, standard sizes that are easy and quick to manufacture, mostly in China. The quality of the materials is inferior to the quality of materials that you would purchase through a custom framer. Art is not always of standard sizes. Because art comes in all size variations, when you frame these in standard sizes, you encounter the "round hole in a square peg" syndrome. The integrity and symmetry of the art is thus compromised.
Q: Why shouldn't I use window glass to frame my art?
A: Generally window glass should only be used in very limited situations. Art is damaged by harmful UV rays found in light, even indirect light. Window Glass can only protect art
from harmful UV rays up to approximately 50%. This means that 50% comes in contact with the art, which will mean that the art will fade and become brittle much quicker than if you used a good conservation type glass. The standard today for art preservation is that if you can protect art up to 97% from harmful UV rays,your art is protected. Many types of glass today protect art up to 99% from harmful UV. If what you are framing is important, you should add the best glass you can afford.