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Did you know that the global metal print packaging market is estimated to reach $66.39 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 4.84% from 2023-2028? This demonstrates an increased preference for using metal prints to display photos or artwork with a modern and sleek look.

But what are metal prints exactly, and how are they different from other types of photo prints? In this guide, we will explain what metal prints are, how they are made, what are the benefits and drawbacks of metal prints, and how to choose the best metal print option for your needs.

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Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Tony Frasca

frames on a wall with measuring tape

It's safe to say that most of us are picky about what we hang on our walls. Our decor isn't just a reflection of ourselves; it also reflects our tastes and standards. With 42% of Americans claiming we own at least one "museum-worthy" piece of art, it's no wonder we like to show off what we have!

Of course, finding the right decor is only half the battle. Displaying it wrong can leave guests hunching or standing on tiptoe to see the photos and artwork you love.

When hanging pictures on walls, there are a few things to keep in mind to achieve the right height. Let's take a look at some key tips based on the art size and room arrangement.

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assortment of different types of framed art on a wall

From special family photos to your favorite work of art, hanging things on your walls adds a personal touch to any room. According to recent statistics, the global wall art market may reach an incredible $97.79 billion by the end of 2030.

But before you look for the perfect wall decor, it's important to know the best ways to hang it in your home.

Read on to learn more about the different types of picture hangers available, so you can decide which ones are best for your wall decor.

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wall with different frames and cabinet storage compartments in white

Do you ever ponder over the meticulous yet seemingly invisible factor that enhances or detracts from the allure of a precious piece of art? We're talking about framing, a crucial, often overlooked aspect in art display and preservation.

The two most common materials used for framing are acrylic and glass, each with its unique traits. As we delve into the world of "acrylic versus glass framing", we will explore their distinct characteristics, along with the advantages and disadvantages of one over the other.

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Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Tony Frasca

accent wall art above headboard in bedroom

Are you looking to redecorate your home, but don't want to pay the high costs of an interior designer?

Try going the DIY route. It can be more affordable, especially if you start small with an accent wall.

An accent wall (or feature wall) is an interior wall whose design is different from the room's other walls. An accent wall can be a different color altogether, have a different texture, or have a combination of different aesthetics. 

With so many possibilities, how do you choose what to do with your accent wall? 

Here are some accent wall ideas that can make any home look great.

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float mounting framed art in bedroom

Did you know that 55 percent of homeowners last year started to renovate their homes? People care about having a comfortable and good-looking space that they and their guests can enjoy. Are you looking for a simple way to upgrade the décor in your home?

You should consider float mounting! Not only does this look intriguing and modern, but it can also add depth and dimension to your space. We'll take a closer look at what float mounting is and why you should consider it for your artwork in your home. 

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How to Frame a Puzzle

1/25/2023 10:40 AM

puzzle with missing pieces

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, two Spanish puzzle fiends were able to complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle in 34 minutes and 34 seconds! Even the most talented jigsaw fans are unlikely to approach those speeds while puzzling in their living room. For most of us, it takes hours—or weeks!

After putting in the time to complete a masterpiece, breaking your puzzle apart and putting it back in the box is a heartbreaking prospect. You can avoid the melancholy process by learning how to frame a puzzle. This crafty DIY alternative to cleaning up allows you to honor your hard work and enjoy the stunning art you've successfully assembled. 

We want to help you preserve and display your favorite images. That's why we've created this step-by-step guide to puzzle framing. We'll give you the scoop on all the puzzle framing supplies you need to turn a rainy-day activity into a piece of forever wall art. 

Read on to get the process started!

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How to Frame Canvas Paintings

1/18/2023 1:47 PM

woman outside holding up blank canvas

Across America, more than 80% of American people showcase art in their homes. It's a great way to liven up any room and adds a pleasant burst of color or a talking point to your home.

Many people choose canvas paintings for decoration. But these paintings may not be suitable for the average frame. That's why lots of people want to know how to frame their canvas paintings, giving these pieces of artwork an extra layer of gravitas. 

If you're looking to learn more about how to frame canvas paintings, we can help. We've put together this guide to help you bring your framing to a whole new level. Read on for everything you need to know. 

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Large custom DIY picture frame on the floor with matting

Picture frames are essential to protecting and preserving artwork. There are many different sizes available, so choosing a frame should be easy. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.

Large works of art often don't fit into a standard-size frame, so custom framing might be your only option. The downside is that custom frames are often quite expensive.

This is where DIY framing comes in. You can create the perfect-sized frame for your artwork at a fraction of the cost. And if you didn't know, The Frame Room offers DIY custom framing services if you would prefer a little help with making this the perfect gift!

Keep reading to learn how to make your own large DIY picture frames.

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woman choosing a gift box under a christmas tree

You've been agonizing over what to get everyone in your life this holiday season. Of course, you want to surprise and delight them, but you also want to get them something they love. And it's often difficult to find a gift that people love that they don't already have or wouldn't buy themselves.

Finding the right gift doesn't have to be stressful. You can find the best holiday gifts for everyone on your list from this holiday gift guide. When they unwrap the paper, they'll be thrilled to see what you bought them.

No matter what their interests are, you can find an unforgettable gift for everyone you love. Get a jump on your holiday shopping right now by reading our helpful guide!

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When it comes to choosing artwork for the home, 62% of homeowners prefer photography pieces. To make those photography pieces stand out, they need proper setting. This means selecting the right matboard color and frame to showcase the artwork. 

Follow this guide and make your home's artwork stand out. 

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framed art on a living room wall

Do you have a piece of art that your guests always compliment? You may want to look into custom picture frames so that you can protect the art that you and others love.

Whether you love taking pictures or buying art, you want it to look good in your home. Fortunately, custom framing services are here to help.

Keep reading to learn what to keep in mind before you shop for and buy a custom frame online.

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animal-antique-art for grid gallery walls

Originally known as salon walls, gallery walls are defined as a collection of curated items (photographs, art and personal objects) hanging in a grouping. 

Creating a gallery wall layout can also be a source of anxiety. There is a lot to consider when you are designing a gallery and one poor design choice can ruin everything.

Thankfully, grid gallery walls make the process easier. Grid gallery walls work off of a grid with an equal distance between each frame. 

By following these tips, you can create a grid gallery wall that you will be happy with for a long time. 

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Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Anthony Frasca

poster-mockup of framed white posters

Did you know that interior design can have a beneficial effect on your mood? After all, most of us love to decorate our own space.

One of the most common ways to do so is by setting up posters. However, it can be difficult to choose the right size poster frame. There are many different poster sizes to choose from, and using the wrong poster frames is something you will want to avoid.

We've put together a brief guide that details everything you need to know. Let's get started.

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Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Anthony Frasca

blank picture frame next to flowers

Have you ever been in the following scenario?

You have the perfect photo of you and your dormmates or your favorite piece of art. And then you stick whichever frame you can find on it. 

And it completely ruins the photo.

Thankfully, you can avoid this situation if you follow a few simple tips for choosing the right frame material. And with all the different styles available, you'll be sure to find one that fits the unique personality and feel of each.

Ready to pick the perfect picture frame material to complement all your photos? Keep reading for everything you need to know!

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Wooden frames in different sizes

Did you know that photography was invented as early as 1826? Since then, people have loved taking pictures and keeping pictures in their homes to remind themselves of certain memories and people. However, if you want your photos to look truly stylish when sitting around your house, you'll have to choose some wood picture frames. 

Many people don't think that picking out a picture frame is all that important, but it can actually change the look and feel of your home's interior design. So, what kind of wood frames should you be looking for and how should you choose? Keep reading and learn more about choosing the best picture frames. 

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family having fun at beach making sand castle

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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kids giving a gift to dad on fathers day

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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woman hanging picture on brick wall

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

person holding a picture frame family

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

taking wedding photos

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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woman giving husband gift for valentines day

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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girl with frames on bedroom wall behind bed

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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man tape a box for storage

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

where to hang pictures on wall

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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Guitar getting custom framed

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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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

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


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


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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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


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


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


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


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


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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