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  • Writer's pictureSarah, Fellows Framing

FOUR tips to get the best out of your framed pictures and memorabilia.

TIP ONE Transporting the framed work.

The picture frames are delicate objects prone to dents or cracked glass if bashed and bumped around. They will come wrapped in bubble wrap to help keep them safe.

When carrying it hold it on both sides near the top, never hold it from the top unless its a small light piece, as it puts strain on the top moulding (wood). Large works may need 2 people or more to move it safely.

When transporting it in your vehicle also allow enough room in your car, this may mean clearing out the seats and boot and putting the back seats down, this is much easier to do this at home before you leave!

Where space allows try to keep it upright in your car. If you are though laying the frame flat where possible have it face up to prevent gravity pulling the artwork down.

For several pieces that will be layered in the car to get them all in and larger works bring some old blankets, duvets, bubble wrap for extra cushioning underneath, in the layers and for the corners. You can never have enough padding, especially with all the potholes in the roads.

TIP TWO Hanging your framed picture

You have got your pieces home safely and probably have a spot in the home in mind to hang it from, is it the best place though?

There are a few areas which can cause damage to the frame and picture in it. I know it’s not always possible due to limited wall space but if you can try to avoid:

Hanging in direct sunlight due to the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Over time this can caused paper damage and colour fading. Delicate paper works such as watercolours are most prone to deterioration. A frame with specialist UV filtering glass can reduce the rate of damage also.

UV damaged family photograph.

Restored family photograph.

Hanging in damp humid areas such as the bathroom, newly plastered walls, damp rooms with no heating. The ideal relative humidity is 40 – 60 %. Damp can cause cockling of the picture, fungal growth, mould and decay. Frames can be made to reduce the effects of damage by damp also.

Damage to paper from foxing.

Hanging In heat or extreme cold such as over radiators or in areas where temperature fluctuates a lot. It can cause picture and wood damage. Ideally the temperature wants to be between 10 and 25 degrees C.

I supply your frame with D rings and cord so all you need is a picture hook, or wall plug and screw, depending on your walls and frame. Make sure they are secure. Allow for the stretch in the cord when deciding on hook position. With larger heavier items us it’s a good idea to use 2 hooks/screws in the wall approx. ¼ of the way in from the picture sides, its more secure and stops the wobble effect. Once hung up on the hook a spirt level can be used to make the frame level.

For optimal viewing experience eye level is the preferred level to have the framed pictures but anything goes! Grouped, single, high, low - just enjoy seeing them up.

TIP THREE After care

You’ve now got your frames hung safely and securely all that’s needed is a little TLC. Keep them clean and dust free by using a soft brush avoiding water and glass cleaner if you can. Check the frame and hanging fixtures are still secure every now and then.

TIP FOUR Saving the most Important tip to last…. Fulfilment.

You will now see your artwork, memories, keepsakes every day and know you have done the best to present protect and preserve them. Give yourself a pat on the back and most all take the time to ENJOY them.

I would love to your framed items being shown off in your homes so feel free to send any images to me. Thank you.

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