New Windsor Custom Framing & Photo Restoration
2314 State Rt.32. New Windsor, NY 12553
The Impact of Custom Framing
Personalizing your home or work space with custom framing is a great way to express your personality and to enjoy your surroundings. While others can go to the store and buy the same sofa, tables and lamps that you have, it is highly unlikely anyone will ever have the exact same custom framing as you.
Regardless of what you choose to have framed for your home, whether it is a favorite piece of art, a mirror, an object inherited from an ancestor or anything else, it will add interest to your space. Take a look at these rooms, with and without framed art to see for yourself what a big impact custom framing makes.
Why Does Framing Cost So Much?
A friend of mine told me a framing she had done at the frame shop in Newburgh cost her $300. Why does framing cost so much? I have a lot of things I need framed - should I get a mat cutter and learn to do it myself?
Excellent Question, but the simple answer is that proper framing takes
a. time b. skill and c. conservation framing requires good supplies.
We used to be shocked too, but when we began to spend more on artwork and really wanted it to look good, we realized that framing was part of the investment. As for your friend, $300 is only a bit much if the picture is small. Most things that we have had framed cost between $150 and $450.
But we are talking about "proper" framing - the kind where your artwork is really protected from sunlight and elements and sits beautifully inside of a frame that just looks awesome on your wall. We have a good collection of quality frames made out of real solid wood, designed by frame artisans and we never use use the mouldings made out of plastic or MDF. Framing your art work might cost a bit more than you expect but actually a lot cheaper than many others. GUARANTEED!!
Often we find that our regular price is less than other's 50% or 60 % off. This happens because
1. We don't use expensive advertizing method.
2. Our price is honest- We don't jack up the price by 50% to give you 50% off later.
3. We don't use 3rd parties to complete your framing project- All works are done on premises.
If something is really valuable, however, it pays to get it professionally framed.
Custom Archival Framing
Framing is to preserve and protect your artwork.
In framing, the materials that directly contact your art are of the greatest importance. Using non-archival (acidic) or inappropriate materials to adhere or support artwork can result in unnecessary damage and possible decrease in the artwork's monetary value.
Reversibility is essential when adhesives are used to hinge artworks to their supports.
Following are a few basics about our archival process:
Materials used at Conservation Framing Services—such as museum quality rag mat boards in a variety of widths and natural tones—are designed to protect and preserve your artwork. They are not only acid free but are designed to absorb acid from the art as well as the environment. Photographic work, for example, requires a specially treated museum board, formulated specifically for its photochemical make-up.
A matted or floated artwork is backed for further protection with an acid free corrugated board or a corrugated plastic board when drastic humidity changes are a concern. It is then sealed with a paper tape, which protects the artwork while allowing an exchange of air.
Hinging is the process of attaching works on paper to a backing board, or support, often for the purpose of "floating" the artwork. This is done as an alternative to "over-matting" in which the mat is placed over the artwork. As with the selection of matting and frames, hinging must be tailored to the artwork in question. Depending on the weight of the paper on which the artwork is made, an appropriate hinge is chosen that will support the piece without restricting its natural movement over time. All hinges are made from acid free Japanese papers. Our adhesives are also acid free and reversible.
Glazing refers to the use of either glass or plexiglass as a practical barrier between your art and the atmosphere in which it is hung. This is necessary because of moisture, smoke, acidic fumes and a host of threatening conditions artwork often faces. Typically, we recommend the use of plexiglass over glass, as it is clear and visually indistinguishable from glass, yet will not break and pose a threat to your safety or that of your artwork. Museum quality UV-filtering plexiglass and glass are available and recommended for valuable artwork on paper and color photography to protect them over time from the color-fading UV-rays. These products also offer anti-reflective and anti-static properties.
Matting and mat design ideas
When mats were first invented, they had two core functions. One was to provide an area for visual relief so the art could be viewed without the distraction of the nearby surroundings. Secondly, the depth of the mat also serves as a spacer to keep the glass from touching the face of the art.
In the past few decades mats have taken on a more decorative role. Since mats are now available in many colors, patterns and textures, they are used to match colors in the art and to coordinate with the room decor.
Mat borders are also an important consideration. It is best to avoid having mat borders the same width as the frame surrounding them. Generally it will look best if the mat is somewhat wider than the frame. Too narrow a border can bring down the perceived value of the art and it tends to look crowded in the frame.
Most mats have square or rectangular window openings, but other cuts are possible. The opening can conform to irregular art shapes. An angled corner (octagon) can cover damaged corners on the art, etc.
When mats were first introduced to framing, they were all a single layer. Today it is much more common to use two or three layers. Single mats are probably used most on high end art where the frame designs are simple and classic, not decorative. Single mats also have application when matting vintage, classic or antique pieces as it helps them look authentic to their era.
Double mats allow you to add an accent color that can be used to help draw attention to the art by outlining it. However, a double mat can be made using two of the same color for a more subtle look.
When using three layers, you have even more opportunity to use color, but once again all the layers can be the same or you can sandwich an accent color between two of the same color.
Mat with Fillet
Fillets are narrow mouldings used as an accent, either inside the lip of a frame or more often in mat openings. Fillets have more depth than mats and finishes comparable to frames so they are useful to coordinate with the frame for a highly customized look.
Mat with Spacers
Spacers can be added between mat layers for extra depth. The spacers can bring out inherent depth in the art, such as a landscape with perspective. It can also add actual depth to accommodate an object or dimensional art.
Although most mat openings are square or rectangular, shapes can be cut to mimic irregular art shapes. Special cuts are not just used for appearance. For example, angled corners (octagonal cuts) can hide dented or broken corners on the art, etc.
Mats can be cut with more than one window opening. Doing so allows you to place more than one picture in a frame. This works especially well with things such as family or vacation photos, stamp collections or anything else you want to display together.
There are numerous mat colors to choose from yet neutrals account for most mat sales. People tend to tired of specific colors more quickly than neutrals. Yet there is a time and place for color. When using colorful mats, remember the art should be the focal point of the completed frame design.
Neutral mat colors tend not to compete with the art as much as colorful mats. They also offer more flexibility to hang the frame art in other situations, following a move or redecorating project.
This shows the same print matted with three different colors. None of the choices are wrong, they are just different. Dark mats tend to allow the light in the art to pop while a light mat usually intensifies the darker colors. A mid tone mat keeps both the light and dark details in the art more equal
Fabric covered mats can add a richness to your frame designs that paper surfaced mats may not provide. Fabrics can be used on art, photos, etc. They are nearly always used when framing objects. When choosing which fabric to use, consider the subject matter, era, and be sure it sets off the item being framed rather than blending so perfectly that it gets lost in the mat.
A bottom-weighted mat is one where the border below the image is wider than the borders above and beside it. This technique is used both for aesthetic and functional reasons. When an image has darker colors, larger shapes, or more texture or pattern in the lower half than it does in the upper half, it can look like it is sinking into the mat once it is framed. By increasing the width of the lower mat border, the completed piece looks more balanced. If the image itself has a larger margin below than on the other sides, it is necessary to bottom-weight the mat in order to avoid cutting the art.