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Custom framing to preservation standards:

A carefully chosen frame moulding is the backbone of any custom framing package. Our experienced framing staff will help you select the design that will enhance your artwork and complement your décor. We will help you find the right profile, colour, style and texture to add the finishing touch to your framed object. Our design area features hundreds of moulding samples that are being constantly updated. The selection ranges from sleek contemporary metals to hand-finished natural woods, and classic gold-leaf.

Matting plays an important role in both preservation and design. It serves as a visual transition between the frame and the artwork. A neutral mat colour will make the artwork the main focus, and will allow you to move the piece from room to room without conflicting with the décor. Since the matting is in constant contact with the artwork, it should not contain any substances that could harm the object. For this reason, we use preservation matboard that is made from 100% cotton, or lignin free alpha cellulose fiber. Well-chosen matting and backing boards can help to protect your framed object against degradation and contaminants in the environment.

Glazing protects the framed object from physical damage and insulates against changes in temperature and humidity. Modern technology has produced a number of exciting advances in glazing choices to help protect the artwork while enhancing your enjoyment of it. Ultraviolet radiation is one of the chief dangers to framed art. It can cause fading of colours and can accelerate oxidation and promote chemical degradation of paper. For this reason we recommend conservation glass to protect works of art on paper. Conservation glass is like sun-block for your artwork. It will cut the radiation reaching the artwork by 97%. Museum glass combines the UV filtering property of conservation glass with an anti-reflective coating that eliminates annoying glare from windows and other light sources, making the glass virtually invisible and adding to your enjoyment of the artwork.





Custom Stretchers – Stretching Artwork:

Our custom built stretchers can be used to mount existing paintings on canvas, or they can be stretched with canvas to produce premium quality working surfaces for artists. We can provide a range of options to suit the artist’s method and budget including raw canvas in various weights, primed canvas or custom primed.

*Custom Cedar Stretchers (strainers) are constructed of grade A, kiln-dried Western Red Cedar using a sturdy two-piece laminated design for extra strength and warp resistance. The fixed corners are reinforced with plywood corner gussets and center-braced as required. This results in a robust structure that makes an ideal working stretcher that will stand up to repeated use. This design will easily accommodate paintings up to 6’ x 10’ and beyond.

**Low Profile Basswood Stretchers are a lower cost, light-weight alternative to custom cedar stretchers. They are ideal for stretching smaller-scale artwork. The shallower profile means they will fit a greater variety of custom frame mouldings. Low-profile stretchers used in our custom framing department have a fixed corner and are available in any size up to 48 inches.





Metal Frame Chop Kits:

Chop kits are a great solution for artists, photographers or anyone who wants to be involved in the assembly process in order to reduce their costs. Every chop kit includes four lengths of professional quality Nielsen aluminum moulding in your choice of colour and all the necessary hardware. Final assembly can be completed by the customer in a few minutes without any special tools. We will custom cut to any size.




Helpful hints for handling artwork:

When handling works of art on paper, always remember to use both hands and lift carefully to avoid bending or tearing the edges. Wash your hands before handling as oils from your hands can stain or transfer dirt to the artwork. Bent corners, creases, abrasions and tears can result from frequent or careless handling. It is best to transport paper works in a flat folder that is slightly larger than the art. Avoid rolling, as paper develops a memory and once rolled may be difficult to flatten. Non-precious items such as posters may be rolled for convenience and are easily flattened by dry-mounting, but always unroll carefully to avoid tearing the item.

Un-stretched canvases can be rolled around a cardboard tube that is at least four inches in diameter. Avoid rolling too tightly, as cracking may occur. As a general rule, acrylic paintings should be rolled with the painted surface facing out using an interleafing to protect the painting from abrasions and dust. Oil paintings should be rolled facing in. Make sure the painting is completely dry. Avoid rolling old, brittle or fragile paintings. Wrap the work in plastic to help protect it from sudden changes in temperature and humidity, and never unroll a cold painting.


The GALLERY / art placement inc.
228 - 3rd avenue south, saskatoon, SK, canada, S7K 1L9

p: 306.664.3385 f: 306.933.2521
e: framing@artplacement.com


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