How-To Tips: What Goes Into A Custom Frame

Whether you’re an artist, photographer, designer, or simply someone looking to frame a special piece, understanding the components of a custom frame can help create a more satisfying framing experience for you and for us as your framer.

Our visual diagram provides a clear overview of the materials involved in creating the perfect custom frame. From the frame moulding to the glazing and mat board, each component plays a crucial role in enhancing and protecting your artwork.

Custom Framing Materials

Frame Moulding: The wood or metal that houses and enhances your artwork.

Glazing: The glass or acrylic clear cover. Protects your artwork or photos from dust and sun exposure.

Mat Board: The thick paper border that sits underneath the glazing but on top of the artwork. It provides a cushion between your artwork and glazing.

Artwork: Your painting, fine art print, photo or any artwork that deserves protection and preservation from damages such as dust and sun exposure.

Mounting Corners: Mounting corners are used to secure your artwork onto the mount board. This mounting method is superior than any kind of archival tape that is most frequently used.

Mount Board:  Your artwork is mounted on this board. It is an acid free material the provides extra protection on the back side of the artwork. Sometimes artists will skip using a Mount Board if artwork is attached to the window mat. However, we don’t recommend this because as it aides in giving extra protection and longevity to your piece.

Back Board/ Foam Core: This is the last board used in the custom frame that holds everything together.

Framer’s Points: Artwork, backing board and glazing are secured into the frame by using flexible insert points. Some framers will use staples instead.

Extra Protection: We also tape paper across the back for final protection against moisture and dust.

By understanding these components, you can make informed decisions about the materials that will best showcase and preserve your artwork. Contact us today to learn more about our custom framing services and start creating your perfect frame.

Learn More About Our Museum-Quality Custom Framing Services

Want to learn more about custom framing and our museum-quality framing services? Check out our Art Conservation Studio page to see how we can help preserve and showcase your artwork with the perfect frame. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert framers and let us help you create a beautiful, long-lasting custom frame that truly elevates your piece.

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