Sample Work and Tips
All photographs should be matted or dry-mounted with spacers. This is to separate the photograph from the glass. If this is not done, the emulsion of the photograph will stick to the glass. This looks unpleasant and ruins the photograph. Thus, the standard consumer technique of sticking a photo up against a glass desk frame or whatever should never be used for art photos. If you don't like the look of a mat for some reason, dry mount and use frame spacers.
Frame your children's favourite drawings and paintings to preserve them from getting lost or damaged over time. Forget the fridge – give these creations pride of place on the wall! Once your fledglings fly the family nest, it’s wonderful to have a little piece of their childhood preserved.
Movie and Concert Posters / Maps & Charts
Recommended only for non-archival work plaque or block mounting is a modern and durable way of hanging your work. Your works are mounted on sturdy, high density wood and permanently sealed with a matte, UV protected laminate. The plaque has a sleek bevelled edge that come in a variety of colours. Your prints will be protected against moisture, UV light, smudges and scratches. The wooden backing is lightweight, yet durable-perfect for mobile display panels, or prints displayed in high-activity areas. Prices vary by the plaque size and mounting method.
Features: Inexpensive, Permanent and durable, No glass to break
or produce a glare, Easy to clean, with only a soft cloth and glass cleaner, Scratch Resistant, Safe for Children
Mirrors (Plain or Beveled) and Stained Glass
Fabrics & Tapestries & Sports Memorabilia
Sports fans love to frame memorabilia! Whether it’s your child’s sports jersey, your old college favourite, or an NFL souvenir, you’ll want the very best framing and display! Over the years The Art Exchange has framed everything from needle point to sewn garments.
Diplomas & Certificates
Don’t leave a school diploma or certificate in a cardboard roll or in a drawer. Diplomas signify an outstanding achievement and one of life’s great milestones, and deserve to be beautifully framed and showcased – a wonderful gift for any grad!
Money, Coins and Medals
What finer way to honour the sacrifice and service of loved ones who put on the uniform and gave their all for their country and for freedom? Military medals are meant to be proudly displayed, not hidden away in a drawer!
Framing coins or military medals and awards is a perfect way to preserve and protect them and create a very precious gift and legacy – an heirloom of treasured memories to share with your family and generations to come.
At The Art Exchange we only use premium clear glass, conservation or museum glass. It will protect your work without sacrificing clarity. Let the true colours of your framed project be seen clearly. Our glass offers a number of benefits over plexi-glass. It prevents a percentage of UV light from fading your image and is virtually scratch resistant and inexpensive. Glass is also more scratch resistant than plexi-glass. Glass is also easier to recycle than plexi-glass.
Within the light spectrum, the range called Ultra Violet (UV) consists
of the shortest wavelengths of light (up to 380 nm). This range of non-visible light can damage objects, including interior furnishings. UV light causes chemical reactions that, over time, fade or discolour artwork and underlying materials. UV exposure can cause paper and other materials to yellow and become brittle. Damage varies with the specific pigments and materials used.
Refits & Wire Repair
We use a braided wire stainless steel wire of varying strengths and gages depending on the size/weight of the picture. If in doubt always go heavier and if you are hanging on hooks on the wall ensure you have enough slackness so that the angle between the wire and the tying point on the D ring is increased. With greater angles and looser wire the frame exerts less force on the knot and the d rings. If your artwork needs a refit sometime this problem may be solved by using canvas inserts or the use of another frame on the inside of your current one.
There are three different reasons why you would choose a mat for your artwork...
1) Functional: It separates art from glass. This is important (especially for photographs), because if the print touches the glass, any humidity that seeps into the frame would likely cause the two to stick together. This would ruin the print. Colours can work great, too, but should be chosen with care. While white and off-white mats help set the art off from the frame and the wall, coloured mats, in a sense, become
part of the art.
2) Decorative: The mat helps maintain colour continuity and coordination in a room. Effectively, it transitions the colour of the print to the colour of the wall.
3) Artistic: When you buy art, you do so (I hope) because you like it. However, you can't change the art. But you can choose how showcase it. Matting, with careful choice of mat colour, allows you to put a personal stamp on the art you collect. It also creates a space around the work to allow the image to 'breathe' giving it some room so the focus is still on the work rather than the frame.
Laminated plaques are an inexpensive way to mount your posters. This is recommended for work where there are many reproductions or if you have the ability to make duplicates or want to present an image on a rigid substrate.
Older historical photos or photos that have become damaged either by fading, bending and buckling can be repaired through reproduction technologies. Let our professional staff restore and bring back the images you cherish.