5 Ways to Take Care of Your Unframed Artwork


 Do you have artwork floating around your house, in piles or shoved in random corners? Does it look something like this?   As a framing gallery, we have seen artwork in all sizes, shapes, and conditions. Some customers bring in their artwork in tubes, some in sleeves, some in plastic bags even…but the way your store your artwork is of incomparable importance. If improperly stored, the condition of your artwork can quickly become compromised.   Here are five tips to help you keep your unframed artwork in mint condition, from your friends at Frame Designs Gallery:   Storing paper artwork …

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Featured Framing of the Week- Large Print


Every year around the holiday season, Frame Designs is presented with some rather interesting framing challenges. This year was no different. Around a week before Christmas, we were presented with a rather large challenge, both figuratively and factually speaking. A woman arrived in the shop with a print amounting to a whopping 58” x 88”, asking to receive it for a time- sensitive occasion around the new year. Such a large piece is not easily completed, and brings about many challenges of its own. For instance, because the painting was printed on paper, it would need the protection of glass …

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Something We Have Never Seen Before…


This is a carved leaf, an actual leaf. Our customer brought in a set of two beautifully carved leaves. I had to find out more about them. I looked on the internet and discovered Chinese leaf carving. It’s an amazing art form that involves heat, alchemy and extreme precision. The video I watched showed people creating these beautiful scenes with needles. They held the prepared leaves up to the light and pierced in between the tiniest veins to create the image. I love that even in my 30th year of framing I’m still awed by the things we get to see. …

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Featured Framing of the Week- Cutlery!


This week, we framed a set of utensils a customer had acquired in an antique store. We chose a deep silver shadowbox for the pieces due to their size as well as their weight. We needed a sturdy enough frame to support the heavy weight of the silver pieces. The customer brought in her own silk material that we attached to a piece of acid free foamcore in lieu of a mat. We also made mat spacers from the same silk material so that there was enough of a gap between the framed pieces and the glass. The pieces were …

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Framing Friday!


This was brought to us by a customer who had previously worked at the National Bank of Fredericksburg. After the bank closed, the building was eventually converted into a local Fredericksburg favorite, Foode Restaurant. One of the employees of Foode returned this cover of the safety deposit box to our customer. Shockingly, it was the same safety deposit box number the customer had had all those years ago. This was an interesting framing order. The cover was heavy as it was made from steel, so the frame had to be deep and able to withstand the weight. We chose a …

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