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Shadow Boxes:

Your Endless joy of memories stays fresh with a shadowbox frame that includes a jersey with pictures and awards. Football, baseball, hockey, soccer, marathons, Lacrosse and other activities, bring in your memorabilia for framing. Medals, ribbons, even your running shoes can get new life as part of your heirloom collectables.

Custom Mirrors:

Custom made mirrors are a must for any home decor. Our handmade frames are the highest quality and can be made in any size, color, and finish. Whether your taste is simple or ornate, we can create the perfect framed mirror you desire.
Let us create one of a kind Mirror for you. Art and Framing Club can make Mirrors of any shapes and styles, adding visual interest to the walls of any home. Mirrors are additions to any home – entryways, halls, bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, or baths – any room is perfect for a mirror display. Coordinating Frames with your furniture and walls is our specialty.
Beveled mirrors add an extra sparkle. We use the best quality glass with polished edges. Antiqued and smoked mirrors are easily obtainable.

Signature Mats & Frames

They are not just for weddings anymore!

Signature mats are a wonderful way to remember any special occasion. They are a wonderful way to capture the memory of your birthday, baby showers, housewarmings, retirements, anniversaries, or any where good friends gather to celebrate!

Our elegant signature mats are beautifully framed with unique photo opening designs for a photograph surrounded by guests’ expressions of well wishes or signatures. The smaller window where a date and events name or the couple’s names are elegantly printed in calligraphy writing is available.

Not only will you have a framed photograph of the happy occasion, you’ll also enjoy reading the signatures and sentiments for years to come!

We offer acid-free archival mats for our Signature Mats and are available with or without frame and in a variety of sizes and opening designs.

Certificate diploma frame

One thing we pride ourselves is our ability to combine the finest quality craftsmanship with the flexibility of a wide-ranging custom-framing designs. We can demonstrate this with our showcase frame, which we recommend, for we believe your most important achievements, be it an appointment to a special board or induction to your school’s Sports Hall of Fame, deserve this distinction.

Canvas Stretching Services

We use the finest pine, finger joined, stretcher bars. We do not use low quality wood that can warp in a few months or years. We will not sell any stretching material than can not stand the test of time. We carefully stretch canvas art and giclees to be straight on the bars.

We provide two types of canvas stretching:

  1. Studio Wrap – This is the most common way of stretching canvas. The staples are on the side of the stretcher bar.
  2. Gallery Wrap – is a technique of stretching and mounting a canvas over thick wooden bars creating a sense of depth in the painting. The Gallery Wrap doesn’t have any visible staples or nails holding the canvas to the wooden stretcher.There are two options with Gallery Wrap:
    1. Continuous Wrap – The painting is literally wrapped over the edges of the thick wooden bars creating a sense of depth to the painting
    2. Border Color – The edges can be painted with another color, either a color that continues the edges of the painting itself, or a standard color to give the painting a sense of border.We use 1″ thick and 1 1/2″ wide stretcher bars in order to make them strong enough to hang unframed without warping. No staples are visible.

Dry Mounting Services

Dry Mounting is the process of affixing artwork to foamboard or some other flat, firm substrate by applying of a uniform coat of adhesive between the art and the substrate, and then applying firm, uniform pressure to create adhesion.

The benefit of dry mounting is that it provides a uniform coat of adhesive to cover the back of artwork for a flat, firm mount with no danger of the artwork buckling or slumping in the frame package.

If a piece of art is to be conservation framed then dry mounting cannot be used, since it would adversely affect the value of the art. Dry mounting is used when the aesthetic appearance of the art warrants it to be flat.

An inexpensive replaceable movie poster, art poster or music poster would be good examples of items that would be dry mounted.

The following substrates are available:

  • Regular Foam Core
  • Acid-Free Foam Core (White or Black)
  • Acid-free Mounting Board (4ply or 8ply)
  • Gator Foam Board ( 3/16″ or 1/2″ / White or Black)

Picture Framing Terms, Techniques & More…

This glossary contains many common terms relating to framing techniques, tools, equipment and supplies.
Many of these techniques, tools, and supplies will be used in the production of your framing order.
These definitions of picture framing terms are to help you understand some basic concepts with regard to framing.
If you should have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Many of these techniques, tools, and supplies will be used in the production of your framing order.
These definitions of picture framing terms are to help you understand some basic concepts with regard to framing.
If you should have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Barrier Material

This material is used in framing packages to prevent acid movement from the wood molding to the art.

Buffering Agent

The process of protecting an object or piece of art from the environment.A chemical, usually calcium carbonate, that is added to paper pulp to regulate pH levels, keeping the acidity well above ph neutral, as a matter of fact the actual ph can be as high as ph 8.5. This is called an alkaline reserve, which helps protect paper products from self-destructing over time. These agents can neutralize, but not eliminate the naturally occurring acids in paper products.

Conservator

In the art world, a conservator is a trained professional who restores artwork to as close to its original condition as possible. Most conservators are specialists, some only working on paintings, others only on paper art.

Cotton Linters

The fibers found in cottonseeds. These fibers are removed during the ginning process and become the basis of cotton (rag) based matting products.

Deckle Edge

When art paper is made, it is formed on a screen by drawing the screen through a vat of liquid paper pulp. This naturally leaves  frayed edges on the paper. Sometimes these edges are cut off to form a perfectly squared up piece of paper. Other times, the edges are left in place. The artist can place his image covering the whole piece of paper or he can only use part of it. In framing, sometimes the deckled edge is left showing and other times it is covered by a mat board.

Dustcover

The backing to a frame is usually a paper backing to the frame that serves the function of keeping dust, insects and other debris out of the framing package. The most commonly used dust cover is brown kraft paper.

Face Paper

The outermost paper on any type of mat or mounting board. Mat board is made of layers of paper, usually consisting of the face paper, a middle board and a backing paper. The face paper is the color that we see on mat boards, which enables us to have a variety of different colors which complement the art.

Fillet

A decorative wooden strip that goes inside of a mat opening, usually complementing the moulding and helping to provide a cohesive and attractive design. Since fillets are made of wood, there should always be an acid free barrier between it and the artwork.

Glue

Any liquid or dry adhesive that is used to bond things together.

Hinge Mount

A mount that uses Japanese handmade paper and cooked starch paste as the adhesive . By using the starch to moisten a strip of fiber, the paper sticks to the strip of fiber. Another support strip can then mount the first strip and the art onto the board.

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Acid Free

Any material with a pH level higher than seven

Archival Paper

Paper that contains no acidity and has a neutral pH level of 7 or greater. Often provided with an alkaline reserve, to protect it from the acids in the environment.

Adhesive

A sticky material used to bond two or more surfaces together.

Alpha Cellulose

Pure cellulose that is present in every plant genus, but which is the structural part of wood. They are stripped of the naturally occurring acidic lignin which can be thought of as the “glue” that holds wood products together. Alpha cellulose wood fibers are used to create stable pulp based acid free paper. This is used in high quality paper mat boards, such as Bainbridge AlphaMat.

Anti-Reflective Glass

A specialty clear glass that has a coating which reduces or eliminates reflection. Anti-reflective glass is not to be confused with non-glare glass which has an etch. The object of this glass is to eliminate distractive reflections while giving the viewer the best perspective without the annoyance and distraction of glare.

Float Glass

A special type of glass made by floating liquid glass over molten tin. This manufacturing process produces thin, clear and stable glass. All of the glass products that we use are manufactured this way.

Float Mount

A method of attaching the art in the framing package in such a way that the paper edges are visible.

Fugitive Colors

Certain colors are fugitive, which means that they are affected by heat and light in the environment. Dye based color are more fugitive than pigment based colors. The result is what we call fading. One way to lessen fading is by the use of ultraviolet filtering glass.

Glazing

Technically a term for any glasslike substance that is used in a frame to protect the artwork from the environment. Glazing can be glass or acrylic (plexiglas), mirrors or any other material that provides protection to the surface of the artwork.

Japanese Paper

A type of paper made in Japan from plants native to the country. (Mulberry paper, Kozo and many more.) This paper is used for hinge mounting.

Mylar®

A ph-neutral polyester film made by DuPont. Its primary use is for encapsulation of documents. This process was developed by the Library of Congress to protect delicate papers.

Non-Glare Glass

A type of glass that minimizes reflection due to a very fine etch in its surface. This glass deadens artwork details, especially when used with some spacing between the art and glass. While still widely available, its use has diminished greatly due to the advent of anti-reflective glass products which show all the detail while minimizing reflective glare.

Lignin

A natural component of wood fiber that is acidic, but which that acts as the binder holding the wood together. Think of it as glue.

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Polyvinyl Adhesive

An adhesive made from polyvinyl acetate, used to stick several types of porous materials together. This can be used on any type of board from wood to cardboard is most commonly used when joining picture frame corners.

Premium Clear Glass

Clear float glass. This is the entry level of glazing choices. It provides virtually no protection from harmful UV rays.

Preservation

The process of protecting art from damage that can be caused by the environment that the art is displayed in or from the framing components.

Reversible

Everything that a framer does should be non-damaging and reversible. This means that the piece could be removed from its protective frame with no changes to the art or its value. Some examples of this include hinge mounting and textile stitching.

Starch Paste

Adhesive paste made from purified rice or wheat starch. This is used to attach artwork to its backing in a non-invasive reversible way. It is acid free, non-staining and easily removable without leaving stains.

Ultraviolet Filtering Glass

Coated glass that keeps out 97 to 99% of damaging ultraviolet radiation. This has become the minimum standard of quality frame dealers.

Ultraviolet Radiation

An invisible spectrum of radiation below 400nm that can damage and deteriorate artwork. It is the primary cause of fading in paper art. It is also not good for people, which is why we wear sunscreen when we go outdoors.

Window Mat

A protective and decorative layer that keeps artwork from coming into contact with the glazing. It provides an air space between the art and the glazing. The window mat is available in many colors and can even be covered in fabric.