Great Big Canvas

November 11, 2017


Caring for your framed art.

Choosing the right frame: what your money buys

You may think you want the cheapest frame but, remember, that low-cost framing can actually damage your picture.

Some art should be protected for future generations. As professional framers we our able to advise you on the appropriate level of framing for your artwork and know how to make even a modestly priced print look its best.

Ideally pictures should not be hung above radiators. Extreme or rapid changes in temperature cause paper and wood to warp and dry out and adhesives to fail.

Eye level displays

Remember most pictures are designed to be viewed at eye-level. When hanging a group of pictures of different sizes 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.

Hang securely

Check that the cord, wire or other hanger you use is designed to support the weight of your artwork. On large or long and narrow pictures use two hooks set in about a quarter of the way in from either side of the picture. Where safety is critical, in children’s bedrooms for example, ask us about security fittings and glazing.

A gentle clean

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. If cleaning fluids have to be used on the glass, apply them to a duster first ( rather than spraying the glass directly); take care not to let the fluids touch the frame.

Damp Conditions

Damp can cause pictures to ripple. If the ripples touch the glass, the picture might stick and be hard to remove. Damp also encourages fungal growth, which is likely to show as brown stains.  Conservation framing can slow these effects, but it is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid conditions. Allow six months before hanging pictures on newly plastered walls.

Out of the light

Try not to hang pictures directly opposite large windows as sunlight fades colours and discolours paper.  Special UV-coated glass can help to slow this down. The fine Art Trade Guild has set industry-wide standards for printing and framing materials. Please ask us about the ways in you can preserve your artwork for the long term.

Handle with care

When carrying and transporting a picture, grasp the frame on both sides. If you 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 frames.


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