IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR LOOKING AFTER YOUR FRAMES
Please contact us if you had any further questions about preservation for either your artworks or your frames
HANDLING & MOVING
From the moment a new frame is collected it’s important to handle carefully.
Handling. Always hold from the sides and never just from the top, as this can put unnecessary strain on both the frames and glazing. Larger and heavier frames should always be carried by two people.
Moving. Make sure the frame is covered when moving to protect against knocks and scratches. The frame should always remain upright, as artwork mounting is sometimes directional. Turning a frame upside-down could cause artworks to shift and risk damage.
Each frame built will include a suitable hanging system on the back.
Framing Hanging Systems. Most common for smaller frames are d-rings and nylon coated steel wire. For larger and heavier frames, either strap hangers, corner keyhole plates, or split-batons will be used. Please talk to us for any instruction needed.
Wall Types. Different wall types all require different fixings, plugs, and screws to hang a frame. It is important to assess the wall and choose the right fixings. We will be happy to advise, as would any other framer,
It is important to consider the position of each frame carefully.
Light. Many mediums do not survive well in direct sunlight. UV rays and changes in temperature can negatively effect artworks, causing fading, light damage, warping. This is particularly true with watercolours and any artworks or prints on paper. The best rule is to keep all artworks out of direct sunlight where possible.
Temperature and Humidity. Avoid placing frames in areas with high humidity and/or temperature fluctuations, such as bathrooms, or near radiators, cookers, or open fires. Changes in temperature or humidity can cause damage to artworks and paper, adhesives to dry out and fail, and fungal growth.
Placement. Tight, high trafficked or high risk areas, such as hallways or children’s rooms can expose a frame to the risk of injury, damage, or being knocked off the wall. Always make sure frames are hung securely.
Our canvas stretchers are designed for strength and longevity, but over time canvas material can relax, loosing tautness. Corner wedges on the reverse can be tightened to increase the tautness of the canvas.
Frames should be cleaned using a dry microfibre cloth, without water or cleaning products. Glass and acrylic glazing should be cleaned with microfibre cloths and an appropriate ammonia-free cleaning product. To protect the frame and artwork, do not spray any liquids directly onto the glazing.
We advise to thoroughly check over each frame every 3-5 years. Please check for any deterioration, including the wire/hanging, taping, and backing. It is also important to check the artwork itself and the mounting for any changes or movement. Basic checks can be done at home, but Felstead Studios also offer thorough inspection and cleaning services.
We work with a number of professional art handlers, couriers, and installers. If you require any future help then contact us and we can make the arrangements.