Framing & Mounting

Picture Framing

Picture Framing

Along with printing and mounting we can also frame your artwork. By having your work professionally framed not only will the standard be much higher than ready made off the shelf frames, but your artwork will also be much better protected. Good quality framing will enhance, compliment and protect the artwork for the future. For many art buyers the frame can be just as important as the image itself.

We seal all frames on the rear and also seal between the glass and undermount, this stops not only dust getting the wrong side of the frame, but also insects such as thundeflies. Our standard frames are always sealed on the back, however we can also supply ready made frames that you can easily remove the backs from should you wish. If you would prefer your frames as ready made frames with flexible tabs on the back we can offer this. These are ideal for exhibitions where artists & photographers can regularly change the images in a particular frame.

Picture Framing

With our Picture Framing we produce all frames from start to finish on high end professional framing equipment to ensure a high quality and consistent finish.

To keep things simple we only stock popular colours such as contemporary black & white mouldings and plain woods like Ash, Oak. However, we do have access to thousands of different mouldings & mountboards through our suppliers and the majority of these can normally be delivered the next working day. If you would like to see some alternative moulding options then please do not hesitate to contact us and we can email over a brochure and quote a price depending upon the moulding option.

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23mm Pewter with black edge

 

Mount Board Options


All prints are mounted using a front window mount cut from 1400 Micron Thick whitecore conservation board. The mount is then finished with a backing piece of mountboard (known as the undermount) that sits behind the window mount, and it is this that the print is mounted to. Our backing boards are always a conservation whitecore backing board. We never use cheaper cream core boards for any of our products.

We stock the below mountboards for the window mounts, although over 100 other colours are available upon request. Our default and most popular colour is conservation smooth snow white. Another option that is very popular is the slightly textured hayseed board.

We can mount your images with a slight border between the mount and image, for examples of this please see the mountboard detail images near the bottom of this page. We can also use double mounts for your images too.

All pictures are mounted using acid free tapes and correctly hinged to the backboard to allow the artwork to expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes. This is especially important if the picture is to be located above or close to a heat source such as a radiator or fireplace.

If you would like to sign your images before they are framed then this is not a problem. We can either post the image back to you or the mounted image if you would like to sign the mount, these would then be returned to us ready for us to frame. Please note there will be an extra postage charge for this.

Snow-White
Snow White Smooth Conservation Board
Textured-White
Slightly Textured White Board
pale-ivory
Pale Ivory Whitecore mountboard
Hayseed
Hayseed Whitecore Board
Grey
Conservation Grey Mountboard
Black
Black with Whitecore mountboard

 

Moulding Options


We stock a small range of popular colours and style moulding for picture framing. Below is a small selection of the popular mouldings we stock. The range is split into two sections, section A, Section B & Selection C. Section B includes some of the thicker styles or more expensive woods such as Oak, where as range C includes some of the luxury gold & bronze mouldings. The prices for the moulding ranges can be seen in the price table further down this page.

Moulding Range A

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Matt Black 20mm
007-2101
Matt Black 30mm
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Matt Black 35mm
007-0175
Light Oak 20mm
010-0286
20mm Grey Wood Grain
010-0309
35mm Flat White Wood Grain

Moulding Range B

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Pewter with black edge 23mm
007-0375
Light flat Oak 35mm
300-8280
Solid Darker Oak 33mm
007-0401
Matt Black 40mm
007-0175
Solid Darker Oak 21mm
ARQ442400000
Pewter With Black edge 36mm
007-0501
Matt Black 55mm
301-8225
Flat hardwood Ash 50mm
007-4355
Distressed Gold 38mm Bevel
300-1070
Walnut Colour Wood Grain 30mm
700-7524
Grey Brushed 30mm
011-8002
Silver Spoon 42mm

Moulding Range C

007-1319
Gold 60mm Distressed Spoon
007-1318
Silver 60mm or 38mm Distressed Spoon
007-5030
Bronze Spoon 55mm
007-1316
60mm Bronze Distressed Spoon
700-7522
Flat Brushed White 55mm
ARQ440400000
Pewter with black edge 53mm

 

 

We have access to thousands of different moulding options so if  you have a different moulding in mind then please do not hesitate to contact us. Aluminium mouldings are also available upon request.

Glass Options

We use standard 2mm picture frame float glass for glazing in our frames. Other options such as Acrylic, Anti Reflection, UV and Museum glass are also available upon request. Below are three popular options, other options are also available. Please note alternative glass options will increase the final price of framed images with some options costng from three times as much up to twenty four times as much when compared to standard 2mm picture frame glass. If you would like a quote on frames with specialist glazing then please do not hesitate to contact us for a quote.

Tru Vue Reflection Free Glass.
This glass is different to diffused Anti Reflection Glass. It reduces reflections to less 1% making it extremely difficult to spot that there is glass there at all. The results is enhanced colours, brightness, reflection free viewing and maximum clarity. This glass is stunning when used in framing, although it is expensive to buy in costing ten times as much as standard picture frame glass so it does increase the price of frames.

Tru Vue Conservation Clear.
This glass blocks 99% of UV rays to protect against art work fadding.

Diffused Picture Frame Glass
This is etched to give a non glare , diffused finish. It is ideal for images in harsh lighting conditions

 

Backing Detail

Framing & Mounting

Backing Detail, left = picture framing Cord, Right = Picture Wire

We stock both standard picture frame cord and picture frame wire for the hanging mechanism. Our default method is to use picture frame cord as it always has a quality bespoke look to it. Cord is also much stronger than wire, our normal picture frame cord we use has a breaking strain of 150kg. If you would prefer the brass wire option over cord we are happy to accommodate. We don’t charge extra for what ever option you decide.

All frames are fully sealed to eliminate dust and insects getting in through the back. For most frames we also seal between the glass and the mount backing, this leaves no room for tiny thunder flies / thrips to get into the picture by wriggling under the glass at the front. Each frame also comes complete with frame bumpers, these help the frame sit correctly on the wall and stop the frame marking and moving around on the walls. They also help air to circulate behind the frame which is especially important as it stops condensation building up behind the frame.

All A1 framed orders collected in person will receive a 10% discount off the listed prices. We can also deliver orders free of charge if you are local to us.

 

 Picture Framing Price List (includes mounting & printing)

Print Size Moulding A Moulding B Moulding C
8 x 10 inchs £29.00 £32.00 £40.00
12 x 8 inchs £31.84 £34.00 £43.85
A4 210 x 297 mm £31.84 £34.00 £43.85
300 x 400 mm £36.50 £39.45 £48.00
16 x 12 inchs £36.50 £39.45 £52.00
A3 420 x 297 mm £36.50 £39.45 £52.00
18 x 12 inchs £40.00 £44.00 £57.00
20 x 16 inchs £48.00 £53.00 £63.00
A2 594 x 420mm £53.00 £55.00 £67.00
24 x 16 inchs £55.00 £57.00 £69.00
700 x 500mm £80.00 £85.00 £100.00
A1 594 x 841mm £90.00 £95.00 £110.00

 

The above prices include printing onto fine art rag paper and mounting plus framing. We can just frame your existing work at a reduced cost if you do not require printing. We can also print and mount to other sizes too, up to 120 cms. There are too many different printing sizes to list so we have just listed a few of the popular sizes above, if you would like a price on any other size then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mounted Prints

Picture Mounting

Above Print Mounted With Snow White Mountboard and including additional art-bak backing

We offer a window mounting service to mount you artwork with a conservation whitecore mountboard. Prints can be mounted with a single or double mount combining different colours if you wish. Our standard mountboard is 1400 microns thick, although extra thick mountboard is available upon request.

A mounted print will comprise of a window mount and backing board, these are then joined together on one side. All prints are correctly mounted to the backing board using acid free mounting tape and T hinges, this allows the print to react to changes in temperature and humidity, this stops the print from cockling. Once your product is mounted it will then be placed in a high quality self adhesive print bag for most popular sizes. If a print bag is not available for your size then your image will be wrapped in clear cellophane.

A4 & A3 are by far the most popular prints sizes for mounted prints, most photographers then have these mounted to either 40 x 30cms / 16 x 12 inchs for A4 prints or 50 x 40 cms / 20 x 16 inchs for A3 prints. These options then fit standard frame sizes and are ideal to sell at craft fairs, exhibitions or in retail outlets.

We stock the below mountboards for the window mounts, although over 100 other colours are available upon request. Our default and most popular colour is conservation smooth snow white. Another option that is very popular is our slightly textured white mountboard.

Snow-White
Snow White Smooth Conservation Board
Textured-White
Slightly Textured White Board
pale-ivory
Pale Ivory Whitecore mountboard
Hayseed
Hayseed Whitecore Board
Grey
Conservation Grey Mountboard
Black
Black with Whitecore mountboard

 

 Additional Backing

We also offer two additional backing boards that can site inside the cellophane bags if you are selling your artwork in retail outlets.  These are fluted art-bak board and a standard MDF board. Although not essential these give the package an extra stiff quality feel. If you would like an additional backing board included along with the standard backing board then the extra cost is £1.00 for A4 mounted Prints, £1.60 for A3 mounted Prints and £3.00 for A2 mounted Prints. Other sizes are also available upon request.

Mountboard Detail

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Left image = Close Mounted right image = Mounted With Print Border

We can mount your images close mounted so there is no border between the mount and image, this is our most popular option. Additionally we can also mount your work with a small print border between the image and the mount. This then allows the photographer to sign and title the image on the artwork and you don’t lose any of the image behind the mount.

We don’t charge extra for what ever option you decide.

Window Mount Widths & Mounted To Standard Frame Sizes

The actual width of the mount margin varies depending on the size of your image, we can decide what works best ourselves or we are happy to let you decide. Smaller frames often work well with a margin of around 5 – 6 cm where as larger images will look better with a wider margin. You can choose to have equal margins, or some people prefer a heavier margin at the bottom.

If you want your images to fit standard frame sizes we can also mount your work this way. This will usually involve the side margins of the mount having a slightly different width to the top & bottom.  A lot of photographers & artists usually get their work mounted to standard frame sizes such 40 x 30cms / 16 x 12 inchs for A4 prints or 50 x 40 cms / 20 x 16 inchs for A3 prints.  If you are selling your work to the public these are often more attractive for potential buyers as they know they will be able to buy a readily available standard off the shelf frame from a retailer and will not require an expensive bespoke frame made by a picture framer.

Mounting Price List (price includes fine art  giclee printing)

Print Size With Standard Backing With Additional MDF or Art Bak backing
8 x 10 inchs £6.80 £7.80
12 x 8 inchs £8.00 £9.00
A4 210 x 297 mm £8.00 £9.00
300 x 400 mm £13.00 £14.00
16 x 12 inchs £13.00 £14.00
A3 420 x 297 mm £13.00 £14.00
18 x 12 inchs £16.00 £17.50
20 x 16 inchs £21.00 £23.00
A2 594 x 420mm £25.00 £27.50
24 x 16 inchs £27.00 £30.00
700 x 500mm £32.00 £35.00
A1 594 x 841mm £38.00 £42.00

Other sizes are also available. The above price includes fine art giclee printing, however we can also mount existing art work and can also provide just pre cut mounts on there own too. Please contact us for further info.

VAT

We are not VAT registered so there is not VAT due on top of our prices.