There are always questions about picture framing, preparation of art, available materials, and our services. Below, in the limited space available, we answer some of the more common questions.
What can I get framed?
Over the years, we have framed almost everything. Besides paper art, we frame paintings on canvas, needlework, 3D objects (such as sports shirts, christening gowns, shells, tools, fossils, plates, even flatscreen TV's) – most anything that you can think of. We can create a custom mirror to fit your space. Our largest framing projects are pieces that require rental trucks for delivery. (One was 8x10 feet.) Our smallest (we think) was a single antique Christmas seal stamp in a frame of 3x4 inches.
With in-stock materials, we generally run 7 to 10 days from the selection of your materials to the finished work ready for pick-up. Framing with special order materials can take 3-4 weeks. Since all work is done on the premises, we can offer rush service taking advantage of our large in-house stock of materials.
What is your Do-It-Yourself Workshop about?
It is hands-on, but with instruction. We do the cutting and show you how to assemble and complete your project. You can expect about 2 hours of work time for the typical wood frame. That doesn’t include the time to choose materials and have them prepared. You can choose your materials one day – and have everything ready to go for another DIY day. Note that our DIY workshop hours are different from our store hours.
How much can I save with Do-It-Yourself?
The material cost is the same for custom or DIY. You save on the custom labor - generally $15-40 per piece. Many of our DIY customers enjoy putting their time into their art or project.
I just need a mat (or glass or …)
Sure! We can usually cut a simple mat (or glass or other materials) while you wait. Bring in your art (and frame if you have one). If we measure it, we will make sure it fits before you leave our shop.
Can you stretch my canvas or needlework?
You bet! We have pre-cut stretcher bars and 3 sizes of stretcher moulding that we cut to size for canvas. Needlework is typically stretched onto board. For needlework, make sure you have it cleaned (if needed) before bringing it in for framing. Additionally, needlepoint may need blocking before we can frame it.
A word about print-at-home photos.
The world has changed in photography with many photos now printed at home. Our recommendation before framing a special photo is to have it printed, if possible, via a photographic process for the permanence of the dyes. This is especially true for any photos that you would like dry mounted.
My picture is a European size…
Not a problem! It just means you probably won’t find a premade frame for it. However, we can cut materials for most any size.
A word about our employees and valued customers!
We are proud of our team and the depth of framing knowledge and experience. Over half have been with Frameworks for over 25 years. We enjoy working with our customers and value the many relationships that have been built. (We recently had a customer whose parents had brought her into the store as a toddler on one of their framing projects.) We look forward to working with you!
Other questions about your specific art or framing project? Stop by our store or contact Frameworks at 781-273-1216 or via email. For more information, check the overview of our Products and Services or check out What's New.