Custom Picture Framing will help you find framers and frame shops that can produce custom frames for you rapidly, using wood and metal molding. We provide resources for the best selection of original graphics, oil paintings, custom mirrors and friendly personalized service that will take a personal interest in your complete satisfaction.
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Picture frames are usually made of soft or hard wood, although other materials are also used, including aluminum or polystyrene. The picture frame may contain a pane of glass or a plastic glass substitute such as Plexiglas, in order to protect the picture. In some instances where the art in the frame is dispensable or durable, no protection may be necessary.
Glass may be treated with various coatings, the most common being UV filters. Some glazings such as Denglas, Optium, and Museum glass have a coating which makes the glass partially non reflective and practically invisible under ideal lighting conditions.
For pieces to be framed under glass, the glass must be raised off the surface of the paper. This is done by means of matting, a lining of plastic "spacers", shadowboxing, stacking two moldings with the glass in between, and various other methods.
If the paper (or other media) were to touch the glass directly, any condensation inside the glass would absorb directly into the art, having no room to evaporate. This is harmful to almost any medium. It causes art sticking to the glass, mildew, and other ill effects. Raising the glass is also necessary when a piece is done in a loose media such as charcoal or pastel, to prevent smudging.
It should be noted, however, that certain kinds of pieces do not usually need glass when framed. Such pieces include paintings done in acrylic or oil paint (the former is usually waterproof; the latter actually needs to "breathe" due to the decades-long drying process), stained glass or tiles, and laminated posters.
These kinds of pieces are still sometimes put under glass though if for example, they are framed using mats, or (in the case of oil paintings) they are kept in a carefully climate-controlled environment.