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What A Difference A Frame Makes
With over 18 years experience in the picture framing and fine art industry we are sure we can help with all your framing requirements no matter how big or small.
Over the years we have helped individual customers and organizations with every kind of framing job imaginable and gained a wealth of experience in the process.
We are able to offer you 1000s of frame and mount styles for virtually any item you may want to protect and display for your viewing pleasure, plus specialist invisible and UV protective glass.
Quality and service are paramount to us at Haddon Galleries. As a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild you can be sure we will look after and frame your work to the very highest standards. We have a free design service available from basic framing to conservation and museum work.
When designing a frame there are many factors to take into consideration; at Haddon Galleries we'll take time to consider all the possibilities to design a frame and mount that suits your individual tastes and of course your budget.
All enquires welcome
Our workshop is kitted out with the very latest computerized machinery allowing us to offer you a fast efficiant service, high quality framing at competitive prices.
Mounted Tiger paw print
We have the very latest in
computerized machines which
allow us to cut any shape and
plot any vector line with pen
and embossing tools.
Great for medals, memorabilia
and many other applications
Framing Information and Advice
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.
The Five Levels of Framing:
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
Caring for your artwork at home:
Ideally pictures should not be hung above radiators. Extreme or rapid changes in temperature can 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 discoloration, 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 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 us 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
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Signed Shirt with photo
We frame all types of
shirts, textiles and
We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our customers who have taken the time to write these very kind words. Your custom and comments are very much appreciated.