Art & Soul's introduction to picture framing is suitable for both complete beginners and those wishing to improve their framing skills. Bring a piece of artwork and by the end of the day you will have framed it to a professional standard.
The workflow is outlined below. Scroll down to see other topics you may like to cover.
We will discuss the choice frame for different types of artwork. The frame should be aesthetically pleasing, structurally suitable and offer protection.
After taking accurate measurements, you will learn how to cut window-mounts using a Fletcher 4100 mountcutter. There will be plenty of time to practise. All materials included.
The Fletcher vertical glass/board cutter, is a great piece of space-saving kit in any framing workshop. It is safe and easy to use, and you will be cutting glass in no time.
Precise 45º angles are the key to professional frames. We will be use a Morsø - the framing industry standard mitre cutter.
The Cassesse 486 pnumatic underpinner is powerful machine that clamps the corners of the frame tightly before pinning. We will also discuss use of a vice and nail gun, and a simple, but useful, frame strap.
Before starting the day, we will chat about what you would like to achieve. Below are ideas for other aspects of the picture framing business that you may like to cover.
Picture framing is an enjoyable and satisfying business for the right person. We will look at how to start a framing business, including sourcing materials and equipment and marketing. Your tutor set-up Art & Soul in 1989, and will answer any questions and give guidance.
Box-frames are an elegant way of framing objects and textured artworks. They can be used for works on paper for a simple floated effect, or on hand-made paper where it is desirable to show the deckle-edge.
Plain woods such as ash and oak are popular choices for frame mouldings. We will try out a few simple stains and waxes to colour and enhance the beauty of the wood.