This frame belongs to a $25,000 painting and was made in France in the 1920s. The still life that goes in this frame is in the conservation laboratory to be treated for flaking. Because this is the original frame and looks good with the painting, it is important to the owner to stabilize the […]
Look at this rip! Want to see some magic?! This rip, on the left, was kind-a ugly: It ripped when the nail gave way and it fell off the wall… and got uglier when the fibers frayed. So we turned it over and, under magnification, the fibers were realigned and rewoven. Then the ends of […]
Last evening I was called over to a house in the LA area. The owner had questions about protecting and preserving framed artwork that are heirlooms and dear memories (same info I have in my book, downloadable here on this site). As we toured the house we got to talking about his family photos, certificates […]
I agree, you don’t need to save everything. Set some priorities of what’s most important. Do a few priority items first and make a little progress and you’ll feel great.
Was it a weak hook, a frayed wire, a loose hanging eye screw? The weakest link is the one that will let go when things start to shake… and most of us live in parts of the country where we can be shaken up by earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes. In addition to hanging hardware in good condition, think about a shake wax.
Impatient, the do it yourselfer may just pull framing apart without knowing that taking off even a little of the surface of a paper item will reduce the value because its damaged. This is POOR quality work!
Take a copy of an old print or certificate, have it copied in high fidelity and frame it in an old frame (recycled) and you will have something that will fool the eye. This idea may be excellent for the office, where you don’t want to risk having the original stolen yet you want to make a good impression. Or in the case of splitting up an inheritance, may appease the several people who want the same thing.
REcycling old frames can give new art a touch of class.