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Framing F.A.Q.

  1. How much will it cost to frame my picture?
  2. How quickly can you frame a picture?
  3. What does it mean by "floating" or "tipping on" art?
  4. What is a spacer?
  5. What does a mat do?
  6. Why dry mount a poster?
  7. Do I need glass?
  8. Should I consider other types of glass?
  9. When should I use plexi glass, and how should I clean it?
  10. Will my art fade from the sun?
  11. Does the size of the frame matter?
  12. What if my art is not square?
  13. Why are there no nail holes in my frame?
  14. Do I have to show the signature on my print?
  15. How big can I make my piece?
  16. Should I try to match other frames that I have in the room?
  17. How should I hang my artwork?
  18. Can you bring my artwork to my home, office, or to a client?
  19. Do you ever have a sale?
  20. Will you frame my art with my materials?

 

1. How much will it cost to frame my picture?

It is important for us to know certain things about the artwork before we quote an estimate. The dimensions of your art, and the frame you select are the most indicative of price. Matting, glass preference, custom mirrors, object mounting, canvas stretching, dry mounting will all be additional costs to consider. We are happy to work with your budget to help you get the most for your artwork.

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2. How quickly can you frame a picture?

The same day using what we have in stock, otherwise our usual time is 7-10 days. We are happy to work with your time line.

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3. What does it mean by "floating" or "tipping on" art?

When you "float" or "tip on" your artwork, you are attaching it to either a mat board or a fabric board using a special conservation hinging method. All the edges are revealed and no art is covered up. You will then need a spacer.

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4. What is a spacer?

A spacer is usually a piece of wood, plexi glass, mat or fabric board that separates the artwork or object from the glass. This is important because providing ventilation will protect the art from condensation and moisture build up in the frame, which can cause the art to stick to the glass.

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5. What does a mat do?

A mat board allows space from the frame, so your eye can lead into the art. It also acts as a spacer, separating the art from the glass. A mat can accentuate, subdue, or focus on colors in your art so they can better suit your home. It can also help you adjust the size of your artwork, cover damage, crop out writing, or allow you to put more than one picture or object in a frame.

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6. Why dry mount a poster?

Dry mounting is highly recommended for posters. Dry mounting is a process that permanently adheres your artwork to a surface, so that it will always stay flat; otherwise in time it will ripple or crease.

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7. Do I need glass?

Glass acts as another form of protection and can help preserve your art for many years. We offer a variety of glass options to suit your art and its specific needs.

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8. Should I consider other types of glass?

We offer reflection control glass that can help prevent glaring from light reflection, conservation glass that can block uv rays, museum glass that is practically invisible and plexi glass-an acrylic alternative to glass, that does not break and is extremely lightweight. Let us know what your expectations are.

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9. When should I use plexi glass, and how should I clean it?

We recommend plexi glass if you are shipping your art, or your art is bigger than 40 x 60 inches. Plexi glass is virtually unbreakable but has a delicate surface and can easily be scratched. It is also half the weight of glass. To clean your plexi glass, use plexi glass cleaner and a soft rag. You can also use water with a drop or two of liquid soap.

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10. Will my art fade from the sun?

If your art is exposed to direct sunlight, no matter what products you use, your art will fade. We offer quality products that can slow down this process. Ask us what is right for your artwork and home.

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11. Does the size of the frame matter?

The width and depth of a frame are important in supporting the artwrok. If you have an oversized piece of art, or art that is heavy, you want to be sure the frame can support the art. If you need to choose a different width or depth, we will let you know.

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12. What if my art is not square?

If your art does not have an equal consistent measurement, you have options to make it fit in a frame. We can trim the art to make it even, but you may lose some of the image. It is usually best to tip or float the art on a mat board with a good size border.

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13. Why are there no nail holes in my frame?

Almost all of our frames are joined together in the corners from underneath the frame with a number of "v" wedges. This with a combination of glue and clamping produces a very strong joint, free from nail holes.

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14. Do I have to show the signature on my print?

If you are not happy with the placement of the artist's signature on your print, we have ways of matting your artwork that can hide the signature without permanently compromising the value of the artwork. If you are framing a poster that has a border around the art with a title or publisher's line we can trim the art to the image or mat it up to the image to remove any space around the poster you don't want to show.

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15. How big can I make my piece?

If you have space on your wall, but your art will not take up the desired area, we can give you some options to help fill the space. We could increase the mat size, layer mats, or use a wider moulding. We can add french lines, a v-groove, or custom border to the mat to tie in the additional width as well.

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16. Should I try to match other frames that I have in the room?

Selecting first what is best on the art will always help you decide how to balance this look in your home. You can choose from similar frame styles or finishes to tie in the look you have in your room, but they do not all have to be the same.

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17. How should I hang my artwork?

We have included with your picture a complimentary hanger(s) based on the weight and size of your piece. If you are trying to hang on a surface that would require another type of hanger, let us know and we can try to answer your question and provide you with another hanger. If you are hanging a mirror or a heavy, oversized piece of art we have installed strap hangers instead of a wire. Use these hangers instead of a wire because the weight and size will cause the wire to snap. We also offer installation services and would be happy to hang it for you.

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18. Can you bring my artwork to my home, office or to a client?

We are happy to provide a delivery and installation service to our clients. We can work at your office or home. We can pick up, drop off, hang, re-hang, or take down art. Call 612-874-7222 to make an appointment with Tim today.

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19. Do you ever have a sale?

Twice a year we have a "Sample Sale" on framed inventory. Our framed art gets marked up to 75% off! This sale is open to the public. If you would like to receive information about our next sale, just send us your email and we'll add you to our mailing list. We offer discounts on orders of 10 or more pieces, when the same materials are used on all of them. We have a large in store selection of odd and standard size ready-made frames that we make. You can get a custom look, at a fraction of the price.

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20. Will you frame my art with my materials?

We will work with your materials, whether it is a mat, glass, frame, etc. Depending on the condition of these materials, we may recommend alternatives.

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