The custom picture framing process can sound daunting to one unfamiliar with it. Even an experienced art-lover may be confused by the innumerable options involved, not to mention framers’ lingo. Not to worry.
The friendly frugal framer staff is trained to assist you, step-by-step, through the entire process. Providing as much, or as little guidance as you require.
Let’s look at some terms for options that may come up during the frame-choosing procedure:
- moulding: picture frame moulding; the material, usually wood or metal, that frames are made of
- mat: also known as window mat, mat border; a rigid surround (usually 4-ply matboard) placed over artwork with an opening that reveals the artwork/image
- glazing: glass or acrylic protective barrier placed over artwork; available in several options for enhanced viewing or protection of work
- conservation framing: A term which covers a wide scope of framing matting/mounting considerations which, essentially, guarantees that no permanent alteration is effected upon the artwork; nothing is done which cannot be undone
- foamboard: a rigid substrate consisting of styrene foam sandwiched between 2 layers of paper; used as stiff backing for framed artwork, and for the majority of dry mounted items
- dry mounting: a permanent/semi-permanent procedure of affixing paper or fabric to a rigid backing in a way that eliminates wrinkling, rippling or buckling of artwork