How to Enjoy Art Shows

Have you thought about a custom picture frame?

Are you an artist? Maybe you are looking for a way to display your hard work. If you walk around your local homewares store, you will find plenty of picture frames, but they may not be ideal for your artwork. Perhaps they are the wrong size, or maybe, the colour or the materials aren't right for your style? If you can't find a suitable frame in the shop, the best option is to look for a company that creates custom picture frames. They can design a frame to perfectly match your artwork. Here are three things you should discuss with the framing company before they start work on your custom picture frames.

What material should be used for the frame?

In most cases, you will want a wooden frame, although both metal and plastic can also be used. If you do opt for a wooden picture frame, you must decide what type of wood to use as well as the style of the frame. You might opt for a dark wood frame to contrast with lighter colours in the picture, or you might think a thin, light wood frame is most appropriate. A company that specializes in custom picture frames can offer you some advice and suggestions, but it will be your decision so that the final picture frame displays your picture precisely in the way you envisaged that it would.

How will the art be mounted?

Choosing the right frame is only part of custom picture framing. You must consider how the picture or other work of art will be held within the frame. Your decision could depend on what form the artwork takes and what materials were used in its construction. If you have a painting on a canvas, the decision is made for you. If you have a piece of memorabilia, you might use archival hinges or even dry mounting if the value of the piece is unimportant.

What type of glass will be used?

You may not have given much thought to the glass used with custom picture frames, but it can be important. The glass is designed to protect the art, but to protect the picture effectively, it must be the right glass. Think about where the piece of art will be hanging. If you plan to display it in an area exposed to sunlight, it can be a good idea to use glass that protects against UV light. If you choose normal glass, you could find that the colours soon start to fade as the art deteriorates. If there is any likelihood of the art being especially heavy, you might want to choose plexiglass rather than regular glass. Plexiglass is much lighter than glass and will lower the overall weight of the artwork, which may allow it to be displayed in more locations.