Hello again! I’m finally back at it…. This blog is about the effects cardboard has on framings when it is used as a backing. Cardboard is very acidic and can discolor anything from paper documents, to cross stitches, to prints or other items.
The photo below shows the effects of cardboard on glass. The left half of the cross stitch has a new conservation clear glass over it while on the right side is the original glass that was in the framing. Can you see the effects? Look very closely. The left side is much brighter and clearer while the right side looks a bit foggy and fuzzy.The photo below shows the ghosting effect that cardboard can have on glass. On a black mat, the left side is a new conservation clear glass while on the right side is the original glass used in the framing of the cross stitch shown above. The used glass is very cloudy and shows a mirrored image of the cross stitch.
As a professional frame shop we have never used cardboard to back any of our framings. The proper backings would be regular foamcore or acid free foamcore.
PS: This cross stitch was framed 56 years ago so they didn’t have foamcore or conservation glass back then. So if you have an older framing you might want to consider having the backing and the glass replaced.
So the next time you are having something framed make sure you have foamcore used in backing your project. Till next time…..
Do you have an old silhouette you had done years ago in grade school?
We just restored 2 silhouettes that are over 50 years old. They used to be black, but were faded to a medium gray color and were glued on a construction paper that was very warped. We were able to remove them from the construction paper. Because they were badly faded we sprayed them with a UV sealant. It brought back a rich black look to the silhouettes. Then we mounted them on a mat board and put a frame around them. Viola!! Family memories to enjoy for years to come!!
We are going to cover the process we go through when we create a canvas collage.
We have done a number of canvas collages in the past few years. They all contain 5 canvasses. They cannot be stretched because there is not enough material surrounding the image to stretch with a special plier we use so we mount the canvases on 1/8″ tempered masonite with no white border showing. There are 2 good reasons for doing that. The first is that it is very cost effective. The second reason is that it is puncture proof versus stretching. You do not need to put a frame around the canvasses so you can hang them close together without any framing getting in the way of the flow of the full picture of the canvasses. By not putting a frame around them that also keeps the costs down.
After we are done mounting the canvasses to the masonite we spray them with 4 coats of a UVA/UVB material which brings out the luster of the canvasses and protects them from sun light.
Now we color the edges of the masonite black to give it a finished look.
Finally we glue a 1/4″ thick by 1″ wide board on the back so that a saw tooth hanger can be applied. We then apply acrylic bumpers to the bottom of the canvasses and by doing that it hangs evenly top to bottom from the wall.
Example of the finished product.
This blog covers the process of making a multi opening collage. This happens to be a 3 generation Ellendale, MN Fireman’s Collage. In the first photo you will see all the items brought in to be put into a collage framing.The first questions that were asked of us were “Can you put this in a framing? It’s three generations of family Firemen memories that I want to present to my son.”
First we need to do is setup the mat design. This process takes several trial cuttings with our computerized mat cutter (CMC). Some openings require custom openings which means putting several openings together and merging them. What we end up with is this….. This is a picture of the mat openings on the computer screen.
We can actually print titles, names, dates, even paragraphs on the mats.
Next we cut the mats out and start placing the items in the mat openings. When there are items that are much deeper than photos/certificates, we will create a shadowbox look. See the 6 openings above in dark blue….
There is actually a piece of foam core spaced between the top mat and the bottom mat, putting the photos/certificates forward and 3D objects back.
This is a picture shows the items secured into the mat. The photos are hinged and the other items are secured in various ways.
Finished framing! What you can’t see is that there are mat boards lined along the inside edge of the frame about 3/4″ wide so the thicker items do not touch the glass.
Photo of the Ottos’ with their framing. Emily’s grandfather and father served with the Ellendale Fire Department. Their son is currently with the Ellendale Fire Department. They really enjoyed seeing the finished product!!
Hello, I am Robert Haberman, owner of Haberman’s Picture Framing.
My business roots go back to my dad’s business which was started in 1947. He had a crew building anything from barns to homes. In the 60’s he started a paint and hardware store. In 1981, I started doing some picture framing there. In 1999, we totally remodeled the store, quit the paint and hardware and started a full-service framing business.
Since then, its all history. We do quality custom picture framing at very reasonable prices. From computerized custom matting, mounting, cross stitch stretching, some restoration, collage & shadowbox framing, to shrink wrapping. We custom cut and assemble all our frames. Everything is done in house. I am somewhat of a perfectionist – quality work is my passion.
We thank you for reading our blog. Stop back soon to see examples of our work and to get pointers on how to make your next framing project the best one yet!