An Overview of Picture and Photo Frames

Picture and art framing services are increasingly coming into vogue in Sydney and other cities. This is not unnatural given that these cities are cosmopolitan in nature. Thus, people living in these cities will usually have a better awareness of the latest trends in interior décor. Many people might feel that framing pictures and artwork is a recent development. But, this is not really the case. In the second century AD, historians discovered the portrait of a mummy encased in its wooden frame. This is probably the earliest known instance of the existence of frames. However, the prototype of the carved wooden frames that we commonly encounter these days only came into being in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in Europe.

Picture frames typically refer to decorative edgings used for pictures and photos. These frames make it easier for displaying the picture. At the same time, these frames help in protecting the picture as well. Oftentimes, the frame tends to complement the picture it contains. Traditionally, framing companies have often used wood for making their frames. As the search for new kinds of frames gained prevalence, frames made of silver, bronze and aluminium came into being. Frames made of plastics such as polystyrene are also common nowadays. Older picture frames often feature gilding. Some picture frames could feature elaborate mouldings too. The length of the moulding will usually feature a ‘lip’ and rabbet. The lip will extend to about a quarter of an inch past the edge of the rabbet. They serve to provide a space for holding the materials in the frame.

Any offline or online framing shop you visit will offer you frames featuring picture framing glass. Sometimes, they might offer frames with an acrylic glass substitute such as acrylate or Plexiglas. These panes help in preserving the picture. This is especially so if the art in the frame is rare or expensive. In case the picture is durable or dispensable, the frames might not provide any protection at all. Artwork on paper that involves the use of watercolours will require glass frames. Some glass frames come with anti-reflective coatings. These help to make the glass virtually invisible under certain lighting conditions. In some cases, the frames might remain exposed to direct sunlight or harsh light (such as fluorescent lights). To slow down the photocatalytic degradation of organic materials behind the picture framing glass, manufacturers often add a layer of ultraviolet filtering.

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