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The Wedding Dress

3/6/2018 5:42 PM

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A Wedding Dress: Old, Tattered, Generational, and a Birthday Surprise

This was a long and fevered process but with a dynamic and meaningful ending. It involved a lot a pre-planning, over- the- phone designing for a garment that was old, tattered, and fragile. This was also meant to be a surprise for their wife/mom for her upcoming birthday and her daughter’s subsequent wedding. The original plan was for the daughter to wear the wedding dress during the ceremony but considering the age, color, and fragile state of the garment it was best to preserve the dress inside a frame. The dress was about 75 years old being handed down from generation to generation. The father and daughter really wanted to do something special to prevent further deterioration and to present the dress in a way that future generations could proudly view and appreciate a family heirloom. I noticed right away that there would be some issues in mounting and handling but nothing that proper planning and the right materials couldn’t fix.

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A South African tapestry with painted birds: Beautiful, comfy, and educational

When I first saw the tapestry it looked like a nice comfortable blanket you’d want to wrap yourself in on a cold winter evening. It was obvious that this particular blanket was not intended for cuddling or keeping warm but rather for displaying and viewing. The blanket was nicely painted with indigenous South African birds, a simple and engaging design, and subdued but vibrant colors. The initial thought was to treat this blanket like most tapestries and rugs which is to float them on a mat board in a shadowbox frame. Considering how squared up the blanket was it seemed unnecessary to make a shadowbox, other than personal desires and aesthetics. The customer was adamant about protecting and preserving the blanket as best as we could without compromising the overall look and feel of the blanket. Most conventional fabrics need to be sewn down in a methodical manner to ensure it will not fall and bunch up over time, resulting in unflattering wrinkles and shadows. Because this blanket measured well on all sides it was decided that we should “sandwich” the blanket between a UV protected acrylic and an acid-free backing which would enclose the blanket in an optimum environment. This would also help the blanket stay flat and clearly visible with the acrylic firmly pressed against it on all sides. There was no worry of sticking or possible damage because we were using a framer’s grade acrylic which is fairly unbreakable and flexible. If we decided to go with a UV protected glass, the glass could potentially damage the fabric because of possible condensation and breakage. 

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A Delicate Flower Papercut

3/2/2018 6:22 PM

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Encapsulation: Protecting what’s really important

Encapsulation is an excellent method one can use when framing a piece of artwork that is fragile, valuable, or unsuitable for traditional top mounting. It usually involves many layers, mat windows, and rigid backings as well as some type of transparent film to cover the artwork being protected. There is a lot of designing and preparation involved in an encapsulation, if the artwork is to be properly protected and viewed. Objects and artworks that tend to be encapsulated are: magazines, baseball cards, paper cuts, very old paper, dried flowers, coins, and of course valuable fine art. The film which holds the artwork is usually a strong, durable, acid-free clear film known as Mylar. Other films, acrylics, and sheer fabrics also can be used, but Mylar is the best film for most encapsulations because of it durability and transparence. Some encapsulations can be two-sided; to get a better view of the artwork both front and back and to make sure it’s properly sealed. This is sometimes done out of necessity but usually is a desired aesthetic effect. The whole process of encapsulation can take some time and involves quite a bit of labor and high-quality materials. If done properly, the artwork being sealed will stay protected for decades to come and the integrity of the artwork will remain true with little to no deterioration.   

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Framing a Peruvian Hat

3/2/2018 6:05 PM

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The Peruvian Hat: a fragile, colorful, sequenced accessory coming out of hiding

The hat was from Peru and it was quite becoming. The customer owned the hat for some time and finally decided to properly display it for herself and for her new apartment. It was a very interesting hat, which had a black cap for the top of the head, covered in a myriad of colorful sequence and patterns surrounded by a faded reddish brim which was made of a feathery cotton material. The underside of the hat was a very soft material perfect for wearing hours on end or possibly for a traditional ceremony. The customer was keeping the hat in storage for some time and wanted to finally display it in a more fashionable/presentable way to show off its craftsmanship and to help preserve it from further deterioration. When it came to the design, the customer didn’t have any preconceived notions about color and feel, she just wanted it to look nice, simple, and complimentary to the colors and style of the patterns and design. 

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In Memoriam: A Horse Biddle, a shadowbox, and a bittersweet story

When the customer came in with what look like a small horse saddle, I started to get a little anxious and a bit worried about finding a substantial frame and the adequate materials for such an ambitious frame design. I was mostly concerned about the possibility of design complications, proper securement, debris collection, and feasible execution in a timely manner. I’ve framed many intricate, heavy, unconventional, and bulky objects in the past but nothing quite like this. When the customer set the small saddle down and asked if it was possible to frame it within a few weeks, I was immediately reticent and unsure if it could be done in a timely manner with quality materials and execution. But after some examination and asking a myriad of questions, it was becoming more and more clear that this saddle would be a good candidate for a shadowbox. 

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Framing a Peruvian Rug

2/23/2018 5:18 PM

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Peruvian Rug Shadowbox: mounting something old and something beautiful

When I saw the rug the first thing I noticed was the size; it was pretty big with a lot of crazy fringe and illustrious colors surrounding the entire perimeter. It was fairly big for a personal custom frame job, like something you would see in a nice gallery or art museum. Other than its size, the rug was pretty meaningful and sentimental to the customer, so I had to design and handle the rug with great and intimate care. The customer bought the rug years ago in Peru when traveling around South America and for some time was hanging it on his wall unprotected and not properly mounted. The customer knew if he wanted to preserve the rug for decades to come he would need to properly mount the rug in an enclosed acid-free, UV protected environment. So after a few discussions it was decided that a simple shadowbox was the best route to properly preserve and present the rug in an appealing fashion.

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Framing a Flag

The flag at first glance was very interesting and appeared to be very old and a bit fragile. The colors and the look of the flag were very specific to a Maryland state flag or possibly a Baltimore city flag. The design of the shadow box was very clean and bright, which was ideal for displaying the flag with good complimentary colors and adequate space. Before I even started mounting the flag onto the textured mat, I wanted to be sure all my materials were ready to go and the initial design requirements were being met. If I were to rush into the mounting or rush into gluing materials in place, a simple design oversight could ruin the whole process or compromise the integrity of my work. When sewing a flag or any garment for that matter, you want to be sure that you have the right threads, needles, and tape to properly execute the job. You’ll also need some type of awl or thumbtack to puncture the mat board so the sewing needle can easily pass through the flag and the mat without bending or breaking. Once your materials are set and you’re completely clear about the design and layout, you’re ready to sew.

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Choosing the correct picture framing matting can be a daunting task. Not only do you want to pick out the right color, what are the different kinds, and what is acid free any? Read this to find out!
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Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Kory

A first, but often confusing step in custom framing is mounting, commonly called dry-mounting, your poster, print, or other artwork. Learn about dry-mounting materials and process here.


How to Choose Custom Framing Mounting

 

At The Frame Room, our core philosophy is to educate and inform our customers during the picture framing decision process and empower them to make the best decision for their personal needs. For many of our customers, they are picking out framing and/or matting for a highly personal, sentimental, and valuable object. To some, they are simply framing a poster, print, sports jersey, or diploma to protect it from the elements and ravages of time. This article will help to outline the differences of the kinds of mounting we carry and shed light on their recommended uses to ensure the best job for your framing dollar.

 

I’d like to begin by providing a little background on mounting or dry-mounting as it is commonly called? We utilize a vacuum press to dry-mount your poster, art print or other artwork to a rigid board ready for framing. This is one of the biggest differences between do-it-yourself (DIY) framing and professional framing. You've seen it, a picture in a frame that seems to be buckling, bubbling, or falling down in the frame. That won't happen to your frame piece with our technique. Furthermore, no matter how hard you you press and how evenly you think you apply pressure with spray mounting adhesives, it will bubble and it will look bad over time. Moisture and humidity are almost as relentless as gravity; the other thing dry-mounting your artwork or poster fights and wins!

 

We offer the following mounting substrates with their description and uses:

 

  • Our standard dry-mounting. This pH neutral, but not acid free board, is great for everyday framing applications. It is available in 1/8" and 3/16" thickness.
  • Artcare Restore© reversible mounting board. This is an acid free and reversible mounting board great for valuable posters, art work, and photography. If you think you may ever sell a valuable piece or wish to reverse the mounting process, this is your board.
  • Acid free foam core with reversible, acid free, archival mounting tissue. Similar to Artcare Restore© but the board isn't coated with the adhesive, instead we use an acid free mounting tissue. A more old school solution to this problem, but still use full.
  • Black foam core mounting board. This is important...use on newspapers or two-sided documents you do not want the reverse side showing through. White foam core will allow this to happen. This black foam core is acid free and will reduce the degradation of your artwork.
  • Linen backing of posters with the acid free mounting tissue. This is a conservation technique to basically reinforce an old, brittle, or valuable document. It is widely accepted among collector of valuable vintage posters and movie posters. The more modern day acid free mounting tissue replaces the more traditional rice paper. This process was messy and frankly, i do not miss it.
  • Hanging on acid free foam core using acid free linen tape. This technique is for posters, art prints, or artwork you just don't want to mount or for diplomas with embossed seals or again, you just don't want to mount.
  • We also use hot glue and stitching methods for mounting of objects (i.e. masks) and fabric or cross stitching/needlework. Typically it is mounted on acid free board or acid free matboard.

 

We hope you have found this article informative. This article is part of a 6 part series intended to introduce you to all the components and levels of framing. The series includes:

 

  1. Picture Frame Matting. How do I Choose?
  2. Wood or Metal Frames. How to Choose a Frame.
  3. How to Choose the Correct Picture Frame Glazing.
  4. How to Choose Custom Frame Mounting.
  5. What Exactly Does Conservation Framing Mean?
  6. What the Heck is a Shadowbox Frame Anyway?

 

We look forward to being there to serve all of your custom picture framing needs.

 

Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Kory
Different artwork, posters, diplomas, or other framed items require different glazing, aka glass. This article will help answer the questions about clarity, UV ratings, and best glazing uses for you.Read More
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