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Picture Frames And Custom Framing

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Picture frames for art work may vary in different materials such as silver, wood, bronze, aluminum, sea shells, and plastics. Even with the variety of custom frames in Houston that are available, the most traditional and widely used are wooden picture frames. The style doesn’t only have limitations as to materials, but it also stretches out to various textures and color. A common decorative technique used to compliment a picture being held by an older wooden frame is known as gilding. Depending upon the subject illustrated at hand, some pieces are held by moldings.


Picture frames do not only include the boarders surrounding the work, but they also include the glass or plastic glass in some cases to cover the art. An acceptable plastic glass substitute commonly used for this is Plexiglas. For some portraits of less importance or those that are durable, no use of a cover is necessary. Any style of a print may use a glass covering, but it is most commonly used over paintings with water colors, and is scarcely used for oil paintings unless the piece is being shown within a museum exhibit. To make the glass seem almost invisible in specific light settings to an onlookers eyes, some picture frames are treated with anti-reflective coatings. When pieces are shown under these light conditions, UV filtering may be applied to slow possible photo catalytic degradation with any organic materials being held by the frame.

In the event of glass framing with pictures, the glass may be lifted off the paper by the process of matting. This process is done by applying plastic spacers and two stacks of molding with the glass over the illustration. The task of matting a piece is very vital in means of maintaining the natural look and exposure of the work and colors. If a painting were to be held against the glass directly it would leave no circulation for the heat in the portrait. This would cause a build of condensation, causing damage to any medium. The condensation would allow mildew and other bacteria to grow on the artwork. Spacing the art away from the picture frame would also keep charcoal and pastel pieces from smearing and smudging. Glass is not the only frame that needs care when it’s displaying work, the alternative Plexiglas frame also needs certain maintenance. When using Plexiglas you will note a hazard that can occur, and it is the flowing current of a static charge that will cause pigment particles of a picture to lift up off the paper. For this reason many pieces are commonly held in place with glass instead.

Even though it seems traditional to have a cover for a picture, not all styles of art need a frame. Styles such as acrylic, oil paint, stained glass, tiles, and laminated posters are a few examples. If in some cases work is framed, it’s done so by using mats.  The art must be placed in a well cared for, climate controlled environment in order for it to be preserved.

Finally, the backing of picture frames stretches from having nothing at all, to using a foam-core, baking paper with water media, or Kraft paper, depending on the materials used to create the picture.  

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