Determining the Size of Frame You Need
The majority of the time if you are looking for a frame size,
the size of the frame will be determined by the size of the artwork you will be framing.
Example, an 8 X 10 photo would be put into an 8 X 10 frame. This would be considered
the inside measurements of the back of the frame opening, not the front opening.
This information would be the same for custom order frames as well. You need to measure the length
and width of the item being framed before purchasing a frame, so you do not have a frame
that does not fit your artwork. This happens more often with custom frames.
If you have a small item or photo and want a larger frame presence on your wall,
you can mat the item and place it in a larger frame or purchase a frame that has a wider moulding size.
When matting a picture or artwork you will want to use
the overall size of the mat to determine the size of the frame you will need.
When framing needlework you will want to have your needlework piece mounted before you purchase a frame.
The size before mounting is not the same as the stretched size. Some pieces of needlework needs
to be stretched over stretcher bars or stretching strips. Some needlework needs to be laced
while others are mounted to a sticky board. Any of these mounting techniques will depend
on what kind of needlework you have and will determine what kind of frame you will need.
Measure the size of the mounted needlework in order to determine the correct frame size.
I realize how costly framing can be, but keep in mind that the
item you are working on is in progress of becoming a family heirloom.
Great Care should be given to any piece of needlework. In the
event custom framing is impossible, here are a few tips to keep
Never use any spray adhesives regardless of what others may have
done. The damage is not always noticeable right away but in short
time it will be.
Stretching is always the best method and on acid free foam core
or rag mat. If you are a do it yourselfer, there are places like
Michaels Arts and Crafts where you may purchase these items. For
those of you who feel this is still too expensive, then I recommend
using Presson Board. Although, I would advise not using glass
to cover your work.
This next tip may add a little extra life to your needlework
if; every year you take apart your needlework, remove it from
the Presson Board, and wash it in Woolite. It would not hurt to
take the sweeper attachment and run it lightly over your needlework
when you sweep.
Never hang any artwork over heat sources, such as fireplaces,
heat and air vents.
Avoid hanging valuable pieces of art on outside walls. These
walls are where the temperature and humidity fluctuates causing
Keeping that in mind, Kitchens and Bathrooms are rooms where
the temperature and humidity fluctuates greatly. This in turn
can cause paper art to wrinkle and needlework to get moldy.
This next tip is a killer to many decorators. Once you paint
or wall paper, do not hang any art work for at least two weeks.
Although, your walls may be dry to touch, drywall and plaster
holds in moisture that is not noticeable.
Avoid hanging art in direct sunlight or direct ultra violet sources,
such as, fluorescent lighting.
Never spray cleaner directly on glass, spray the towel then
clean the glass. The cleaner can run down under the glass into
the rabbet where your artwork lives and destroy it.
Check your book collection once a year for insects, they do not
know the difference between a book and valuable work of art. To
them, paper is paper.
Smoking does not do anyone any good and it reeks havoc on art
work. If you cannot kick the habit, then kick the smoker outside.
Your art work will love you for it.
According to Larson Juhl Framing School, the average height
to hang most art is 5’ 7".
When having important art pieces framed, ask about conservation
framing. It insures the item framed will be protected from acid
which will yellow and eventually destroy the art work.
Something to keep in mind if you do have something conservation framed.
If you do not follow the above tips, you are also wasting your
money, and the piece of art you just had framed.
Some of you are thinking, where can I hang anything? On the walls
that have vents, outside walls, kitchen or bath, this is where you hang
the pictures you purchased from your favorite Mart store.
Lean your shoulder to the wall, or the fireplace.
Now with a sideways glance, look at the picture you had hanging
there for years. Can you see the wrinkles?
Something to remember, if you took the time and care to create
a work of art, then you will want to treat it like, a work of