Reasons to go with custom framing

Purchasing a ready-made frame from a big box store can be tempting because of the price. When it comes to protecting treasured family photos or other special items, it pays to do a little research. The quality of materials can drastically affect the condition of your artwork over time. Custom frames cost a little more than a ready-made frame but we will break down reasons why it is worth the investment.

Protect Your Art

Framed Foo Fighters concert poster.Whether you have a poster from a concert, event or a cherished photo, these memorabilia should be treated properly. Anything that comes in contact with your artwork should be acid free and archival in quality or else you risk damage to your art over time. Custom framing with archival components is the best way to ensure your items last as long as possible in the best condition.

Make the Frame Work For Your Art

With custom framing, there are hundreds of options available providing many ways to create a special frame for your cherished item. If you are trying to use a ready-made frame when trying to frame artwork with non-standard dimensions, you will end up with an uneven mat or other make-it-work solutions. Custom framing ensures your final product will look tailor made and will perfectly fit your artwork.

Personalized Service

When just picking up a frame from the store, you are more or less on your own. It is not always a bad thing, but ideally, the frame you end up with should work to enhance what you are putting inside it.

If you do not quite have a vision for your project, there is nothing like the insight of a framing expert. Wyman Frame can work with you to choose a mat and frame that will perfectly compliment the artwork and look right at home wherever you display it.

We will always go the extra mile to ensure your favorite pictures, prints and other memorabilia are preserved properly, beautifully framed and received in a timely manner.

Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1989 and has framed for DRTC since 2013 where she trains/supervises people with disabilities on various projects.

DRTC is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

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Four framing options for a print

Four Paseo Arts Festival posters framed with different materials.

I recently had the chance to frame one poster, designed by Dale Rogers Training Center Senior Graphic Designer Brian Landreth, four ways. Each person having their print framed had a different idea of what they wanted, and ended up highlighting various elements within the same artwork.

In this case, the multitude of colors in the piece, along with the many combinations we can offer at Wyman Frame, worked for their framing project.

The results

The white frame with grey mat was chosen because of the neutral colors in the client’s home. This person also wanted the framed result to be larger because she had a big space to fill on her wall.

The clean lines of the black frame gave the piece a gallery framed look.

The brown frame was used for the client that had a lot of warm wood tones in the room where the art was going to hang. It brought out some of the warm colors in the art that weren’t really noticeable at first.

The frame on the right was chosen by the artist who was interested in bringing out the less dominate blue in the piece. We chose a blue mat that worked well and then used two frames to achieve the look we wanted. The bright green inner frame looks great between the blue mat and black frame making a dynamic framing option for an exceptional piece of art.

Conclusion

All of the frame choices worked because we used colors that could be found in the art. There is no right way to frame a picture so choose what works for you and enjoy it.

Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1989 and has framed for DRTC since 2013 where she trains/supervises people with disabilities on various projects.

DRTC is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

Framing needlework

The possibilities in framing are endless. You never really know what treasured item a customer will bring in to have transformed into a masterpiece—from a wedding dress to a collection of items to board games and beyond.

One piece of artwork that came in recently caught our attention: a portrait of a young woman. At first glance it looked like a painting, but upon taking another look, we discovered it was completely done in needlework. Those of you who have worked in this medium know it can take many hours to complete a piece. This particular design took our customer 14 months to finish. She used a tent stitch on needlepoint canvas with 81 colors of thread; overall, she made 196,000 stitches on this beautiful piece.

The process

The customer brought in the needlework rolled up and we found it was a little misshapen. We laid it out and picked mat and frame colors. Before we could start framing, we needed to straighten the canvas.

The first step was cutting a thick board for stretching and lacing the needlework. We used pushpins to pin the canvas in place.

Then we used a process called lacing to sew the edges on the back. This keeps the work stretched and in place without doing any damage to it.

Backside of needlework art showing lacing that is helping stretch out the canvas.

Heirloom artwork

Once we re-shaped the canvas, we removed the pins and resumed the typical framing process. The crew at Wyman Frame cut the mat and glass, assembled it and added backing.

The finished product was a beautiful frame that complimented the beloved work that will be an heirloom for our customer and her family. We have high respect for the amount of work that is put into each piece of needlework and will take great care in helping to make it a beautiful piece of art to be admired for many years.

Completed framed needlework.

Bring your family heirlooms, artwork and photographs to Wyman Frame for quality framing that meets your budget, and help provide jobs for people with disabilities at the same time.

Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1989 and has framed for DRTC for four years.

DRTC is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.