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Did you know that 40% of families plan at least one vacation per year? Vacations give us a much-needed break from our daily routines and allow us to share new experiences with our loved ones.  

Unfortunately, family vacations don't last forever, but our photographs and memories can! 

Do you have old photos from your family's adventures that need to be printed and framed? Free your photos from the camera roll. Don't get frustrated messing with photo frames. 

Check out these five creative ways to frame photos and see more of the memories you love! 

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Did you know that people spent over $20 Billion on Father's day in recent years?

Your father's day gift ideas need to be unique, just like your dad. So keep reading to explore ideas that appeal to his creative senses and heart!

Are you looking for a vibrant and unique Father's Day gift this year? Whether your dad loves painting, sculpting, or just enjoys spending time in his workshop, we've got something perfect for him. So take a look and put a smile on your dad's face with these father's day gift ideas!

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Hanging artwork or framed photographs at eye level sounds simple enough, right? Well, it's not as simple as you think when you consider the fact that not everyone has the same eye level as you. 

So what exactly does eye level picture hanging entail then? In short, it doesn't look the same for everyone. And when you want to hang pictures above furniture or create a gallery wall, plenty of spacing considerations hang in the balance. 

Check out this guide on picture hanging and create an aesthetically pleasing space that everyone can enjoy. 

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People celebrate Easter with several kinds of festivities. Many go to church to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. People also enjoy Easter egg hunts, giving their children Easter baskets, and gathering with family for a big meal. 

Eventually, though, these festivities come to an end. So, what are some other ways you can spend time with your family on Easter?

One suggestion is to take a photoshoot and have those memorable Easter moments custom framed! With its bright colors and family fun, Easter provides families with several moments to capture and develop

If that appeals to you, keep reading! The Frame Room will explore several Easter photo ideas in the guide below. Let's jump right in, shall we?

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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Anthony Frasca

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Did you know in Renaissance Italy, the frame around the paintings was a work of art? They featured elaborate carvings and were commissioned for specific reasons.

These days, framing is more about protecting valuable art, keepsakes, or memorabilia. Sure, there's plenty of room to express yourself creatively, but a frame should enhance the art, not overpower it.

Things hung on the wall without good (or any) frames can make the space look unpolished and untidy. A well-made frame elevates your space, but it can be expensive, especially if you need a custom-sized one.

Enter DIY picture framing. You can save money without sacrificing style by learning how to make your own frames. Keep reading to learn how.

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Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Tony Frasca

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Every year in America more than two million couples get married. Your wedding day is a unique celebration full of love, friends, and family. It is a day that you will cherish forever.

This is why most couples spend between $1,150 and $3,000 on a wedding photographer to capture magical moments throughout the day. However, once you have a copy of your stunning wedding photos you also need to know how to show them off. 

Framing your wedding photos and displaying them around your home means that you can enjoy them every day. So what’s the best way to do this?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about framing and how to display wedding photos in your home. 

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Over four million college students are to graduate during the 2020-2021 school year. This holiday season is a perfect time to consider the best way to frame a college diploma

A professionally framed diploma makes a valuable gift for yourself. as a college student. You may also want to gift one to the graduate in your life. You will value your framed diploma for many years to come. 

Continue reading to learn how to frame a college diploma!

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When your clients have sealed the deal on their dream home, how do you commemorate the moment? Rather than handing them another tote bag or koozie with your company's logo on it, choose a classier gift.

Celebrating your clients will make them happy, and it might just earn you some referrals or repeat business down the road, too.

Read on to learn about 8 closing gift ideas for realtors to give to clients!

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Moving is one of the most stressful life events that people will endure. Between scheduling, packing, and heavy lifting, many dread moving day.

However, moving is exciting as it offers a fresh start. One of the best ways to celebrate a new home is with a housewarming party! Gathering friends and family to make a new house feel like a home can make instant memories.

Though these parties are fun, if you've been invited to one, you'll need to come up with unique house warming presents. This can be a challenge, as you'll want to choose something thoughtful and personal. 

If you're struggling to come up with gift ideas, be sure to keep reading for gifts you'll have a hard time giving away!

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Picture frames are a great way to show off your favorite memories and photos, but hanging them on the wall can be a hassle if you'll need to hammer in some nails on the wall. Hanging picture frames and other framed artwork with nails will leave permanent holes on your wall unless you have them patched and filled.

Luckily, there are some alternative ways to hang picture frames on your wall without the need for you to create unsightly holes on your wall. In this blog post, we are going to discuss some easy picture hanging techniques you can use if you want to skip out on using nails.

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People in America spend almost $24 billion on Valentine's Day gifts each year! Most of this cash goes towards flowers, cards, and chocolate.

Break out of the Valentine's Day gift rut and buy something your Valentine will actually want to have. What better way to display your love than with a framed piece of artwork called a Heartstagram!

We walk you through how to create your own Heartstagram so you can wow your Valentine this year!

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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Anthony Frasca

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Metal prints and canvas prints are both print options that many people consider when they want to decorate their homes or offices. They both have their own pros and cons that one should consider before deciding which print to invest in.

Metal prints or metal photos, as they are also known, have gained a lot of traction in recent years among people who want high-quality artwork but still do not wish to spend too much money on it.

Canvas is also a classic choice when it comes to printing and creating artwork. In this article, we are going to compare the two printing mediums and help you decide which one is best for your needs.

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Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Tony Frasca

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Framing is a great way to show off your favorite photos or artwork. They last for a very long time and look very nice hanging up. However, picture frames are fragile items that need to be stored properly in order to avoid damaging your precious photos or artworks.

Because of the fragile nature of picture frames, you need to know how to store them properly to make them last a lifetime. In this article, we'll be discussing how you can properly clean, cover, and store your picture frames to maintain their condition.

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Are you looking to surprise your loved one on Valentine's day by giving them a special gift that they will never forget?

Since you've probably given your loved one gifts like chocolates and flowers in the past, it's easy to feel like you've run out of memorable Valentine's Day gift ideas. But have you considered custom framing photos of you and your loved one?

Framed pictures are a great gift idea if you want to create a personalized expression of love. If you want to find out more about how to do it, read on and we'll tell you what you need to know!

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In 2021, 51% of art dealers surveyed reported an increase in sales. With all this art being sold, isn't it crucial that it's framed and displayed beautifully?

One mistake people make when hanging photos and fine art is choosing the wrong frame. You don't want your family photos or new artwork to be done an injustice by a frame that's the wrong size. Art is an essential part of our culture and homes, and we should treat it with respect.

Continue reading The Frame Room's blog post on the most common, popular, and standard picture and framing sizes!

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Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Anthony Frasca

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Do you love art and want to feature it in your home with pride? Are you uncertain where to hang pictures on your wall to show them off in the best way?

Art is such an important part of our culture, it's no wonder we want to treat it with respect. That's why we've put together this complete guide that'll help you choose the best way to hang art prints in your home. With this guide, you'll turn a boring wall into a sanctuary of color and beauty. 

Check it out down below!

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How to Hang a Gallery Wall

11/11/2021 4:58 PM

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Did you know that almost 80 percent of Americans have artwork in their homes? So - what is the most popular form of art that Americans are putting up?

Photographs take the number one spot with paintings coming in at a close second. However, almost 20 percent of Americans don't have any artwork in their homes.

Some people don't know what kind of artwork they want or how to hang it. If you have an interest in how to hang a gallery wall, then keep reading on for more information. 

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The first thing to consider when hanging artwork in your house is identifying where the optimal viewing height will be. The second more important consideration is: does that space receive good light?

Any artwork needs a good line of sight to be enjoyed and to make sure people of many heights and sizes can comfortable view the artwork.

You’ll also want to consider the lighting, whether it be natural or artificial light, and how much is needed to properly illuminate the artwork.  If the lighting is coming from natural sunlight, keep in mind that the artwork will only be lit for half of the day and will susceptible to UV damage during that time.

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Have you recently come across some old family photos that have made you feel connected to your past? Your great grandfather was a snazzy dresser, and grandma had beautiful curls and a smile good enough for the silver screen. Or perhaps you're an archivist who wants to conserve photos for future generations.

Digitizing and making copies of old photos can be challenging, but you can be prepared with these tips in your back pocket!

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American flag shadow box

Making a shadow box display frame is a multi-step process involving structural engineering, thematic design, object mounting, and sustainability. When you have a precious object or a series of trinkets and medals, a shadow box art is a great idea to bring all those elements together to convey a common theme with some added dimension.

The shadowbox also serves as protective encasement for these precious objects to preserve the integrity of the objects/artworks for many years to come. If one does not take proper care in designing the shadowbox, the artworks behind the glazing are susceptible to deterioration and damage.

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Recently we received a call from a potential customer inquiring about how to order a shadowbox mount of a Squire Stratocaster for a corporate gift. We are a small, locally owned business which allows us to provide outstanding customer service to all our clients and jumped on the opportunity to work on such a cool project.

But there was one catch: they needed it done in less than a week.

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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Tony Frasca

At first glance, the Maryland State Flag was very interesting. It appeared to be very old and a bit fragile, so this would be a challange for our custom framing experts here at The Frame Room. 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.

In this case study, we'll break down each of the steps we made to get this awesomely tattered Maryland State Flag into a customized shadowbox frame.

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Can you imagine how it felt to sit for one of those first-ever photographs? Before 1826, the only way to preserve a memory would be to sketch it painstakingly. Nowadays, we carry every memory on our phones. That time your husband balanced a nickel on his nose or your child's first steps. Vintage photos haven't lost their appeal, though.

In this article, The Frame Room explores how vintage photo restoration services work and how you can enlarge vintage images.

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After graduating from college, you said goodbye to sticking things to the wall using command strips. At least we hope you did. Decorating your home with a custom picture framed at work is a way to show off your personality without needing to paint every wall. Now it's time to think outside the box, outside the custom shadowbox, that is. Let's explore some of the unique things you could frame instead of that same ol' IKEA print.

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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Tony Frasca
An Unforgettable Gift for Mom on Mother's Day 2020

The person behind Mom can take on so many forms. She could be the mother who carried us for 9 long months, or the person who adopted us and welcomed us into her home. Mom could also be our life partner, the family glue that keeps us strong. We lean on Mom when times are rough, but she is also the first person we look to share our bliss with. What do you do for the person that has been the cheerleader, confidant, and best friend year after year? Hold onto the smiles and memories by creating a work of art. A trip to the lake, someone’s birthday, a family vacation, or an old memory that always makes your heart smile.

We love ❤️ Mom and we've put together this blog to help share our framing and photo gift ideas for you to show her just how much you love an care for her. Enjoy!

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Valentine's Day Gifts

1/29/2019 1:32 PM

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The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts: How to Show Some Love to Everyone on Your List

Hello lovers! It’s the time of year to wear our heart on our sleeve and perform romantic gestures to show our love to those special people in our life. Maybe it’s your significant other, a dear friend, or recognizing the marriage two special people who’ve loved and supported you through thick and thin; we have all your Valentine’s Day gift ideas covered.

Valentine’s Day gifts beacon thoughtful and meaningful gifts. Consider a keepsake that will stand the test of time.

Here is The Frame Room’s Valentine’s Day line-up, ready to pump your brain full of wonderful and thoughtful gift ideas. Don’t want your gift to be tossed into a cardboard box and forget about it? Listen up! We have some amazing ideas.

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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Melisa Lewis

How to Find Free Art

11/21/2018 8:34 PM

How to Find Free Art
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The best things in life are free! Today we are going to share some secrets just in time for the holidaysDid you know there are thousands of free high-resolution images available for download? With thousands of stock photos and images online there is sure to be something to pique your interest. The Frame Room can print any digital image in-house and frame them for one-stop gift-giving. Consider printing on a host of interesting papers such as metallic or pearl. Better yet, add more pop with a printed canvas! 

Some think adding art to our home or office is expensive or simply daunting and are clueless where to start. Gifting art to someone else can feel even more terrifying, but it doesn’t have to. I’m here to ease those worries! Here are some great ideas to get those creative juices flowing and stay on a budget. 

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Sprucing Up the Office and Retail Space
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It’s all back to business now that summer is drawing to a close and schools are back in session. Are your office walls looking a bit bland or sparse? Maybe the same picture has been hanging on the wall for 13 years and you’re a little tired of looking at it. This indeed calls for an office makeover. Here are a few ideas to get that dreary office from funky to fabulous. 

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Fells Point Fun Festival

10/8/2018 7:35 PM

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Come Visit Us at The Fells Point Fun Festival

It’s Fall ya’ll! This means a few things to us, the first is that the holidays are already knocking on our door. The second, which is a bit less terrifying, is that it’s FESTIVAL TIME! Maybe just go ahead and tuck that holiday idea into our back pocket while trotting along the vendors and artists at all the splendid festivals this season. One of our favorite events is the Fells Point Fun Festival, held on Saturday, October 13th. Come and check us out!

The Frame Room, located at 1706 Aliceanna Street in Fells Point, will be open for business during the Fells Point Fun Festival. We will also have a large booth, which will have a variety of frames, prints, posters, and canvases on hand and ready to go home with you. I know, I mentioned the holidays, but don’t fret my friend. We got you covered!

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Preserving Summer Memories

8/12/2018 11:31 AM

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Summer May Be Over. Memories Live On!

The long days of summer are coming to an end in just a few weeks. Many of us love the long warm days and extra sunshine that comes with the season. I’m going to bet that you took hundreds of photographs with your phone or camera over the last few months and you haven’t done anything else with them. Maybe you posted the best shots on social media so everyone knows just how gorgeous you are. There’s nothing wrong with that! Summer is meant for capturing memories with family and friends and the different places we visit. Even though summer is wrapping up there is no reason you can’t preserve these treasures indefinitely. There are so many framing options and other amazing ways to store and display your summertime keepsakes. If you are creating a gift for someone else or a little special memento for yourself, here are a few ideas to get you started.

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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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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Jolan Emamali
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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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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Jolan Emamali

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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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Jolan Emamali

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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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Jolan Emamali
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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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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Jolan Emamali

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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Comments | Posted in Creative Framing Projects By Jolan Emamali
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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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It's time to frame your piece, and someone say are you going to do it up to conservation standards? Conservation framing? This article will take the mystery out to help you make your choices.


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 sum up and answer the question; what exactly does conservation framing mean?

 

Throughout this series of articles you've been introduced to the numerous matting, frame, glazing, and mounting options available for your custom picture frame project. In very simple terms, conservation framing is:

 

Conservation framing is the use of techniques and materials in the framing process to protect, minimize, or stop the degrading effects of the environmental influences, i.e. sunlight, heat, humidity, and gravity, that constantly attack your framed piece. There are different levels of conservation framing, ranging from a minimum of using uv glazings and acid free mounting boards to a more through use of higher end uv or museum grade glazing, pure cotton rag mats, acid free mounting boards and the use of encapsulation. Encapsulation is a technique whereby using tape we literally seal the inside of the frame from any air actually touching your piece. Air is the enemy, as is light. We need light, but we can stop the uv. We don't need air inside your frame.

 

That is pretty much, without the use of extreme technical jargon, what it means when during the picture framing process we refer to Conservation Framing.

 

We hope you have found this article informative. This article is part of a 6 part series 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 is Conservation Framing?
6. What the Heck is a Shadowbox Frame Anyway?

 

 

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

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It's time to get your poster, art print, sport memorabilia or other piece framed and you are wondering, wood or metal frame? This article will help guide you to the best frame for you.


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 frames we carry and shed light on their recommended uses to ensure the best job for your framing dollar.

 

We carry hundreds of wood and metal frames. So how do you choose?

 

First of all, there are few rules, but the most important consideration is size and weight. You really shouldn’t choose a thin wood or metal frame for pieces over approximately 11" x 14" inches. Our professional designers will help you pick out a frame that can support the weight of your finished piece while proportionally matching the framed work.

 

With that stated, we normally ask, do you prefer wood or metal? Queue, "I don't know." Let's cover some basic differences.

 

  • Weight - Metal is typically lighter, but this is marginal.
  • Strength - While metal is stronger, the difference isn't really a factor in the decision.
  • Finishes - Wood offers a much greater variety of finishes from gold leaf, antique, weathered, ornamental, and many more. Metals are typically anodized colors or brushed Florentine matte finishes but have added some more ornate styles as the production methods have improved. Wood frames have a great advantage in this field and is a primary reason they are by far the more popular framing material.
  • Price - Until about 3 years ago metal was typically 20-30% cheaper. Metal frames were a great cheap frame option. Then the price of the commodity aluminum, the material used to product metal frames, went up and seemingly overnight the price playing field was leveled. Now, through the proliferated use of sustainable forestry and production practices wood frames are the best option based on price. All our wood frames are from sustainable forests in line with our corporate belief in conservation and stewardship of our environment.

 

This can serve the criteria to begin your decision, but at the end of the day you'll choose the best frame to your picture based on finish, color match, artwork composition match, and size proportionality. Our frame design professionals will be there every step of the way to help in your decision.

 

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 your custom picture framing needs for years to come

Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Kory

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 even framing a diploma to protect it from the elements and ravages of time. This article will help to outline the basics of shadowboxing in order to beautifully display and preserve your dimensional objects.

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