Common Framing Terms
The Frame Moulding
moulding is basically the outside of the frame that
surrounds the item being framed. It is the material
that is cut, joined and then assembled into the picture
frame. There are thousands of different frame moulding
styles in many types of materials. The materials most
commonly used are wood and metals that come in a variety
of stains, glazes and finishes. We have the largest
selection of different sizes, shapes and colors of frame
in the area. Please visit our gallery or call us to
discuss your next custom framing project.
Matting is basically the window-cut
material placed around an image and within the frame. It
provides a 'spacer' allowing the artwork to expand and contract
with changes in humidity and temperature. Matting comes in a variety
of colors and is typically chosen to complement the color and
design of the artwork.
Matting will make the overall size of
the finished piece larger, and it can be made from
a variety of materials: paper, fabric, cardboard, fibrous materials,
etc. Some types of matting offer protection by using an archival quality material to
ensure that your framed item will last for years to come.Mats can be cut to any shape or style to go with the
design of the artwork of piece that is being framed.
Glazing is basically the front cover of the item, typically glass or acrylic.
It is the transparent material covering the artwork as a means of protection,
such a glass. There are many variations including regular
clear picture glass, anti-reflective (chemically coated
to reduce reflection), non-glare (acid etched to help
reduce glare), and conservation glass (specially formulated
to help filter the damaging effects of UV light). There
are also acrylic glazing products that are lighter in
weight and come in the non-glare and UV filtering varieties to protect
against fading in sunlight.
Mounting is basically how your item is attached to the frame.
It is a process by which artwork is attached
ttypically to a board. Dry mounting, wet mounting and spray mounting
are ways to prevent the artwork from bubbling or waving
in the frame. Artwork of any value is not generally
mounted since it can greatly affect any resale value.
Museum mounting, commonly known as hinging, is when
the art is attached with paper hinges to the board.
The art hangs free, allowing it to expand or contract
Preservation framing, also know as conservation or
museum quality, basically takes extra precautions and uses
special materials for better protection of your item.
It uses materials and techniques that help
protect against the effects of sunlight and pollutants
that yellow, fade and damage the art. Archival matting,
hinging and UV protective glazing (glass or acrylic)
are most commonly used to increase the longevity of