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Picture Framing - the finishing touch - part 8 of 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

by Phil Jones Published 01/10/2010

Picture Framing Mouldings and mount boards

Mouldings and mount boards.

So apart from your own photographic work what else can you frame: Artwork, customer's photographs, certificates medals, paintings, sketches, sports shirts, needlework, tapestries, Cross stitch and memorabilia and much, much, more the list is almost endless

The choice of mouldings appears endless from classical to modern designs. The advantage of offering a bespoke framing service is that you can match the framing materials not only to the style of the image but also to the décor of your customer's homes. This is a massive unique selling point.

Woods mouldings are available in just about any sort though popular finishes are Ash, Pine, Oak, Beech… Modern and traditional gold mouldings are available along with colours of every description in both modern and traditional profiles the choice being endless.

Mount boards

These include standard or acid-free, white core and conservation quality boards

Museum Board - The highest quality material available. It is constructed of 100% cotton fibre, is Archival and will protect and preserve the contents of a frame. While it is the most expensive material available, the difference in actual material costs relative to the cost of framing is minimal.


Museum Mat or Rag Mat - Still a good quality choice for conservation, it is constructed of cotton liners and cellulose (wood pulp) middles. The cellulose is a less expensive raw material but offers sufficient conservation properties for most works.

Conservation or Archival Mat Board - Constructed of 100% pure high alpha cellulose (wood pulp) and treated to be inert for up to 300 years. This is the highest quality paper mount board available.

Acid-Free or Acid Free Lined - This material is usually lined with a wood based liner on one or both sides that has been treated to prevent short term acid burn and the core is either recycled fibre. Eventually the acid in the core will leach out to the surface, which can harm the artwork.

Glass is available in clear form or non-reflective surfaces.

Other consumables that you will require

Braided brass wire
Picture cord
Wood glue
Framing Tape
Glass cleaner
Wood polish
Screw Eyes
Clean clothes and dusters

Remember to keep your working area extremely clean and dust free at all times, otherwise you will have to re-open your frames to take specs of dust and material out which will creep when you think that you have finished the job.

Always remember to have a fully stocked first aid kit to hand as you will be using sharp blades and glass. With picture framing take time and care and not only will you have an addition benefit to your customers but also a valuable asset to your business.

So if you enjoy working with wood, or have an artistic eye, why not consider Picture Framing


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