Tel. 029 20708072
4 Victoria Bridge
All work carried out on the premises by Guild Commended Framers
Wide range of mouldings & mount colours to choose from
Framing from budget to conservation and museum level
Local prints & photographs
Computerised mount cutting
Fast & accurate computer pricing
stock aerial photos from 1982 to present day
Aerial photography from fixed-wing aircraft & helicopter
Dry mounting & heatsealing
Plain Glass, NRG, UV, Anti-Reflect, UV with Anti-Reflect, Acrylic etc.
We frame Prints, Photographs, Watercolours, Oils, Tapestries, Cross-Stitch, Embroideries, Medals, Shirts, 3D items, Mirrors, Papyrus, Certificates/Diplomas, etc.etc.
WE FRAME ALL SORTS
Stock photographs of Penarth & Cardiff, by day, by night & from the air by Vilis Kuksa.
Caring for your artwork at home
Recommendations from The Fine Art Trade Guild:
Ideally pictures should not be hung above radiators. Extreme or rapid changes in temperature cause paper and wood to dry out and adhesives to fail
Damp can cause pictures to ripple. If the ripples touch the glass, the picture might stick and be hard to remove. Damp also encourages fungal growth - likely to show as brown stains. Conservation framing can slow these effects, but it is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid conditions. Allow six months before hanging pictures on newly plastered walls
Remember most pictures are designed to be viewed at eye-level. When hanging a group of pictures of different sizes align the top edges. Groups of pictures need not be hung in symmetrical patterns, but they should follow some sort of overall design. Try arranging them on the floor first
Use two hooks on the wall, each set about a quarter of the way in from either side of the picture. Check that the cord, wire or other hanger you use is designed to support the weight of your artwork. Where safety is critical, in children's bedrooms, for example, ask your framer about security fittings and glazing
A gentle clean
Dust frames or treat with a soft brush, rather than risk applying water or cleaning fluids. Don't use cleaning fluids or water on the varnished surface of oil paintings; again dust carefully. If cleaning fluids have to be used on the glass, apply them to a duster first (rather than spraying the glass directly); take care not to let the fluids touch the frame
If you find any evidence of discolouration, unsightly brown dots, small insects under the glass or that the brown paper tape sealing the back of the frame has come unstuck, return the frame to the framer. Check for corroding picture wire or weak or loosening cord. The varnish on oil paintings will gradually discolour, especially if the picture hangs in smoky or polluted conditions. It should be replaced as it dirties. Oil paintings stretched over wooden bars may sag over time and the bars can make a slight imprint on the front of the canvas. Take the picture back to your framer for tightening or re-stretching. The Fine Art Trade Guild recommends inspection every five years
Out of the light
Try not to hang pictures directly opposite large windows as sunlight fades colours and discolours paper. Special UV-coated glass can help to slow this down. The Fine Art Trade Guild has set industry-wide standards for printing and framing materials. Ask your framer about the ways in which you can preserve your artwork for the long-term.
Handle with care
When carrying and transporting a picture, grasp the frame firmly on both sides. If you have to store pictures, make sure they are stacked vertically and the right way up. When stacking pictures, stand them 'glass to glass' so that the hangers do not damage the frames
Choosing the right frame:
What your money buys.
You may think you want the cheapest frame but remember that low-cost framing can actually damage your picture. Some art should be protected for future generations.
A professional framer will be able to advise you on the appropriate level of framing for your artwork - and will know how to make even a modestly priced print look its best
The Five Levels of Framing
You have a choice about how much or how little you want to safeguard your picture. There are Five Levels of Framing for you to choose from as the following summary explains:
Museum - The ultimate protection for your artwork
Conservation - Helping preserve your artwork for future generations
Commended - Guarantees a degree of protection, with design playing an important part
Budget - Visually pleasing, but offering no long-term protection
Minimum - Putting economy first
Ask your framer which level you should choose for YOUR artwork
Top: PLAIN GLASS
Bottom: Same picture with AR GLASS.
(Both photos shot from the same angle with same lighting).
Water-White Glass has none of the green tint you get with plain glass. The options are:
AR: 2mm Clear, Anti-Reflective, 65% UV filter.
UV (Conservation): 2.5mm Clear, 99% UV filter (no anti-reflection).
AR /UV (Museum): 2.5mm Clear. Combination of Anti-Reflection and 99% UV filter.
With our 'WIZARD' computerised mountcutter, we can create special themed mounts for nearly all occasions. Weddings, Birthdays, Valentines, Diplomas, etc.
With hundreds of different aperture styles & shapes to choose from, you are no longer restricted to just rectangular or oval mounts.
A good mount will transform & enhance your pictures, even giving that old 'snap' a new lease of life!
Fine Art Trade Guild
We are members of the Fine Art Trade Guild, who's aim is to promote excellence within the framing industry. Particularly by the Commended Framer Exam, which distinguishes the skilled from the semi-skilled, to help the public select a professional framer who will apply a high level of expertise to the conservation and display of their artwork.
Vilis and Beverley are Guild Commended Framers.
Dry Mounting Vacuum Press
This process involves bonding prints, photos etc. onto board by means of heat and pressure to keep them perfectly flat.
Thin plastic film is bonded onto the surface of prints etc. in order to protect them from moisture and airborne pollutants. Can be used instead of glass.
Framing Visualisation software
We can show you what your artwork will look like framed up on our computer screen, with the Wizard Integrated Framer software.
A picture of your artwork is placed on our computer screen, where we add mounts & frame etc.
Standard framing glass only filters out around 50% of harmful UV rays and usually has a green tint. Standard Non Reflective glass (diffused) will reduce mirror like reflections, but you'll still see some sheen and lose some image clarity (it has a matt/etched surface). In most cases, these glazing options are perfectly fine, but when you have that special artwork that needs extra care and protection, specialised glazing can help. With AR glass being almost invisible, you see the pure art, not reflections.
Although more expensive than plain glass, it offers you much more choice. Whether you want to control reflection whilst retaining clarity, protect your artwork from damaging UV rays, or a combination of both, we have the answer.
The various options are explained above:
We also do reflecting glass - MIRRORS!
Plain or bevelled mirrors, framed in a style and size of your choice.
We don't use MDF or Plastic frames.
All our frames (with the exception of Aluminium) are made using real wood from sustainable / managed forests.
Our suppliers hold certification and chain of custody records from
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
Certification) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody
scheme accreditations from BM TRADA Certification Ltd.
Before the fabric can be framed, it requires stretching in order to keep it flat and straighten the weave.
Here, I'm stretching a cross stitch over an acid free foam centre board. It's a slow, but necessary process.
This piece will then have a mount, which is not only decorative, but spaces the artwork from the glass, thus preventing the stitchwork becoming flattened over time by the glass.
Opening of Victoria Bridge 22nd March 1899
The shop was built in 1881 near the railway line to Cardiff. The bridge was built many years later, linking it up with Grove Place on the other side of the track.
Click image below to take a virtual tour of our shop and workshop.