How do you know which framers are professionally qualified? Look for the Guild Commended Framer (GCF) logo! The Fine Art Trade Guild offers this vocational qualification to framers and specialist qualifications in Advanced Textile Framing, Conservation and Mount Design and Function. We are proud members of the Fine Art Trade Guild and are happy to use our knowledge and expertise
help to you choose the right frame.
Guild members agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and keep up to date with the latest standards
and trends through their regular reading of Art Business Today, which the Guild publishes for the trade.
All members of the Fine Art Trade Guild agree to abide by the code of ethics set below:
Buying the cheapest frame you can find from other websites may seem the way forward but remember that low-cost framing can actually damage your picture. Anything worth framing should be protected.
Our professional framers can advise you on the appropriate level and style of framing for your artwork - and will know how to make even a modestly priced print look stunning when hung on your wall.
You have a choice about how much or how little you want to safeguard your picture. The five levels of framing are summarised:
Ask your framer which level you should choose for YOUR artwork
Ideally pictures should not be hung above radiators, so avoid heat. Extreme or rapid changes in temperature cause paper, wood and card to dry out and adhesives to fail/melt.
Damp areas and moisture can cause pictures to ripple. If the ripples end up touch the glass, the image may stick and be difficult to remove. Damp also encourages fungal growth - showing as brown stains. Conservation framing can slow these effects, but it is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid/moist conditions. If your picture is exceptionally important or expensive we would recommend allowing six months before hanging pictures on newly plastered walls.
Most pictures are designed to be viewed at eye-level. When hanging a group of pictures of different sizes make sure to align the top edges. Groups of pictures need not be hung in symmetrical patterns, but they should follow some sort of overall design. Try arranging them on the floor first and then moving them onto the wall. You can even try sketching a design onto a piece of paper as a start.
We supply two hooks with your order per frame so you should use them to hang your frames on the wall, each set about a quarter of the way in from either side of the picture. We supply you with an appropriate strength cord depending on how heavy your frame is to ensure your picture doesn’t fall from the wall. Where safety is critical, in children's bedrooms, for example, you can order from us security fittings and glazing.
Dust frames or treat with a soft brush, rather than risk applying water or cleaning fluids. Don't use cleaning fluids or water on the varnished surface of oil paintings; again dust carefully making sure not to smear the paint. If cleaning fluids have to be used on the glass (sold through the website), apply them to a duster first (rather than spraying the glass directly); take care not to let the liquids touch the frame or mount board.
The varnish on oil paintings will gradually discolour, especially if the picture hangs in smoky or polluted conditions. It should be replaced as it dirties. Oil paintings stretched over wooden bars may sag over time and the bars can make a slight imprint on the front of the canvas.
When carrying and transporting a picture, grasp the frame firmly on both sides. If you have to store pictures, make sure they are stacked vertically and the right way up. When stacking pictures, stand them 'glass to glass' so that the hangers do not damage the moulding.
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