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FRAMEWORKS BERLIN

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Frameworks Berlin makes an absolutely one-of-a-kind frame at a highly professional level. All frames are hand made from colorful and unique recycled wood found in Germany. Frames from new wood are also hand made, in order to cover all desired framing styles for our customers. You will receive knowledgeable advice and together select wood, paper, mattboard, and glass for your most favorite piece of art.

We aren’t just artists, we are highly skilled professional picture framers, experienced with the highest standards of preservation, and working to make a sustainable product that has history.

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Category Archives: Caring for framed pictures

Picture Frame Care: Protecting Valuable Frames

Picture Frame Care: Protecting Valuable FramesWhether you received it as a gift or you have created the picture frame yourself, one thing is for sure. You cherish it. You want to keep it in good condition for a long time. This is especially true when you purchase a high quality and high value picture from the top picture frame companies in Berlin. But, having and displaying your photos is not enough. You want to take steps to preserve those items so that you can continue to hold onto them for many years to come.

How to Keep Yourself Protected

How can you protect a picture frame in the proper manner? To start with, consider these tips.

    • If you have a high valued, talk to the manufacture of that frame to find out what is the right method for cleaning and using the frame. Depending on the type of stain or paint on the exterior and depending on the overall material type, you may have very specific steps to follow to keep your picture frame in good condition.
    • Picture Frame Care: Protecting Valuable FramesThink about dust and debris. It is important to keep the exterior of the frame clean and dust free. When dust builds up, it is more likely to enter into the frame itself or into the details on the frame. This can be difficult to clean out over time.
    • Next, think about moisture. This is never a good thing for your photos. To help, start with using a dehumidifier in the space. You want the air to be dry since this will help to prevent the spread of moisture into the photo. Keep it out of areas that could become damp, such as the kitchen or bathroom.
    • Think about the light itself. You do not want your picture frame to be exposed to direct sunlight from the earth. Instead, you want to ensure that your frame is in good position for your needs. And, then, be sure there is no direct sunlight on the surface that will damage your frame or your photo.

Picture Frame Care: Protecting Valuable FramesIt is important to know that picture frames differ in material option as well as in proper cleaning and care methods. Though they may not seem like they need much attention, but these types of picture frames can quickly become family heirlooms if you keep them in good working order for years to come. The right frame from the top picture frame company in Berlin makes all of the difference.

Contact us at +49 (0) 30 5366 4996 to schedule a appointment today.

How to Decorate with Picture Frames

Are you looking for a way to change up the way your living room looks? Maybe you want to be sure that your home really represents yourself and your family. What better way is there to do this than with photos? When decorating your home – any room of your home – use photos to help make a personal statement and to create a one of a kind look. Not only are photos the ideal choice because of their uniqueness, but they also add meaning and character to your space. That makes your house a home.

Let the Photos Guide You

Take the time to choose a range of photos that are your favorite. Lay them out and look for things that are the same. This can help you to begin to group them together. For example, you may want to add photos of your children. Why not have the same sized photo of your children at the same age? Many people do this with baby pictures, but you can do it with any special moment in their lives. Group these together. Create other groupings that make sense. You can group by the people in the photos, the colors, or even just the theme of the photo. Be creative here.

Use the Frames to Add Dimension

When creating art with photos and picture frames, the frames themselves become a very prominent component in the space. You can take one of your groups and use the same type of framing for each one, creating a look that is cohesive among that group. On the other hand, you can allow the frame to be selected based on the image itself. Other people want the same frame on every photo they have in a room. When choosing the frame, think about the size, color, matting color, material type, and overall details of the piece. Choose frames that you really enjoy.

When you take these steps, you can begin to create a space that really is what you want it to be, a welcoming, personalized area for you and your family. Allow a professional organization to create the photos and framing for you. Doing that can give you the very professional look you want that will last for years to come. Take a few moments to check out the professional picture company we offer in Berlin and see what your options are.

Acid Free: Archival and Conservation

As glass isn’t just glass (Link to Blog Post on Glass) paper isn’t just paper. There are two types of paper used in the majority of custom picture framing. Paper that is Acid free, meaning it has  neutral pH level, and cheaper paper or older paper that is wood based and is known to be acidic. This is an important piece of the frame, as the acidity of the paper has a direct impact on the piece of art.

Without proper materials, “mat burn” can occur, looking like brown waves that surface from the outside towards the centre of the photograph, print, artwork, etc. Some art can be restored by a professional restaurateur, however that is dependent on the extremity of the Mat burn and what the original artistic material was (water soluble inks and paints such as watercolour cannot be restored fully.

Basic Science:

“Acid-free papers are made using alkaline paper making technology. This means the pH of the pulp that is used to form the paper is above 7 (neutral). The paper is also buffered with an alkaline reserve, such as calcium carbonate, to neutralise acid compounds absorbed from the atmosphere or formed through natural aging.” Quoted from http://www.strathmoreartist.com

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Museums Board is the highest quality marital available, in that it is arguably 100% acid free, is cotton. Paper made out of 100% cotton finer will be the best buy for your custom picture frame. It will be consistent over the long term, and although it is more expensive, it is relatively worth it when you consider the damage that could potentially done to your art print.

Second to Museums Board is Museums Mat or Rag Mat. This is made out of a combination of cotton and wood pulp, making it less expensive but still providing the archival & conservation standards excepted.

Third is conservation or archival mat boards that are made out of 100% wood pulp. Followed up by material that is lined with acid free material but has an alternative material for its core. This can be problematic long term because the although the surfaces are acid free, the core can leach out the acid from the side and over time potentially impact the art.

Frameworks uses acid free archival materials in all its custom framing, from paper to the mounting tape that is used to mount the image. Don’t forget to take a look at our blog on taking care of your frame, to help enhance the longevity of the materials used to make the frame. Improper hanging locations could cause damage to your art & picture frame.

Contact Frameworks Berlin today for all your custom picture framing needs!

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