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Framing Collingwood Premiership Posters

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconBeing St. Kilda football supporters, we are writing this post with some trepidation, reticence and reluctance, unframed-collingwood-2023-premiership-poster but write it we must. This is because we have been more or less inundated with picture framing request for the the picture framing of the 2023 Collingwood Premiership prints and posters. We have seen and framed different print versions, including the Herald Sun newspaper, as well as various Limited Edition formats.  However, and by far the most common print that Customers want framed is the popular and inexpensive Mark Day 64x45 cm Premiership Poster edition. With this in mind we will explore the most popular and cost effective, picture framing options ...

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So you want a “gallery frame” ? What’s that?

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconSo you want a gallery frame?  Once more it was a Customer's inquiry that germinated the composition of this post.  A city Customer rang us up and asked us for a price quotation for a "A0 size gallery frame".  home-wall-gallery-of-gallery-framesWe asked what she meant by "gallery  frame"  she replied that she didn't know but she thought we would know, hence this post.  Well, the short and sweet is this:  it's not a particular or specific size, colour, finish or framing style that makes a picture frame a gallery frame, but rather,  how and where  it's going to be used.  If it's going to be stood on its easel on a desk or table, or hung on a wall its own,  or just with another or  couple of other frames, then it's not really a gallery frame. 

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Broken expectations ..

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconIn this post we will  write about unmet, failed, or broken expectations. Not about big life expectations, but smaller ones, breaking-rope like the obvious one you would naturally experience when you fit a steel wire to the back of a picture frame, and rightfully expect it to hold, only that it doesn't, and you end up with a broken glass, frame, or both.  From time to time we have discussions with Customers as to which material, steel wire, or rope, is the strongest, safest and most durable to hang a picture with. Invariably, Customers asks or suggest the former, and are surprised when we tell them that, in our experience, cord is the gold standard.  Our experience in observing and repairing frames that ...

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In praise of the the humble staple

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-icon For picture framers and in picture framing, staples are usually those small, steel,  'U' shaped loops or fasteners that are generally driven into the back of picture frames  to hold picture-framing-air-stapl the glass, artwork and backing inside the frames so that these don't fall out.  Pretty much every  picture frame has  a couple dozens of these devices which have been used on and in picture frames for hundreds of years. Yet, we don't ever remember reading anything much about them anywhere or at any time, so, here we go.  The staple, as a fastening device, dates from antiquity.  Some of the oldest known were iron dovetail staples found embedded and tying  stones together in several temples and tombs in Pasargadae,  the ancient ...

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On framing wrinkled, creased, crinkled and dog-eared maps

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhy this post "On framing wrinkled, creased, crinkled and dog-eared maps"?  This is because, and as we have mentioned before, many of our posting ideas come fromcrumpled-map-to-be-wet-mounted-before-framing interactions with our Customers.  And it was by way of jest, that a Customer, having finished the custom picture framing consultation for  a couple of brand, new  posters, wistfully asked us: " I don't suppose you'd be able to frame old, crinkly, wavy, damaged, maps"?   The Customer, smiling, explained that she had another picture framing declined to re-frame a large, old map of hers as it was "impossible" to flatten with their dry-mounting method.   We then asked to see the map which the Customer had not yet brought in but had left in the car. 

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The changing life and times of picture frames mouldings

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 Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconPicture frame mouldings?   What are these?  Well, let’s clarify it!   These are long traditional-picture-frame-mouldingssticks of wood, often between 2.5 to 3.5 metres long, from which picture framers cut the sections of wood needed to make up picture frames.  Picture framers order these sticks, or moulding lengths, in big boxes  of various sizes from specific picture framing moulding suppliers.  Note the adjective “specialized” within the phrase picture framing moulding?  That’s needed because your local hardware store might also sell wood mouldings, but most certainly not picture framing mouldings.  When four or more  ...

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Updating, uplifting and upgrading picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhy this post about upgrading picture frames? Because it's happened to you as it's happened to most, if not to all of us, at one time of our lives or another.  You’veframed-oil-painting-before-and-after-re-framing moved out of your old home into a new one.   Or you’ve moved from an older flat into a newer apartment.   Perhaps you relocated from older style business premises to more modern ones. The end result is the same, either you, your wife, or family have decided,  the old frames just won’t do in the new location, these will need updating.  We come across this situation a few times a month, in most cases, it’s a retiree couple moving to a brand-new apartment.  Regardless of the circumstances the ...

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Taking the puzzle out of framing jigsaw puzzles

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconOn the subject of picture  framing jigsaw puzzles, it must be said that there must have been, and still must be, hundreds of people putting together jigsaw-puzzle-nearly-ready-for-picture-framingpuzzles together right now all over Australia. Our various statal, work and home restrictions, lockdowns and quarantines have pretty much driven a lot of people bonkers with boredom.  And since ennui and accidie are the enemies of our naturally wandering,  imaginative and creative minds, it is little wonder that so many of us have sought some relief from this depressing state of mental affairs by tiling, assembling and solving puzzles.  Interestingly, jigsaw puzzles have been around for about 250 years. The commercialization, if not the ...

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When to, or not to, repair broken picture frames

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Most of our blogs and posts here are a direct result our interaction with our Customers and the broken-custom-made-photo-picture-frame feedback we receive from them, for which we are grateful.  One sunny ( sometimes a rarity here in Melbourne )  Saturday morning a young mum visited us bringing an A3 frame with a broken glass. She asked if had  a frame to match, which we did, the frame being a pretty much standard 3x2 cms box moulding picture frame profile.   We showed her one of our frames and she was on the cusp on buying it when she asked, pretty much by way of a ...

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Do’s and Don’ts on collecting your new picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-icon On the subject of collecting your new picture frames we need to quote Confucius. Indeed it is he who is reputed to have been the sage who first immortalized  picture-framing-customer-overloaded-with-furniturethe famous dictum “ By three methods we may learn wisdom:  the first, by reflection, which is noblest;  the second, by imitation, which is easiest; and the third by experience, which is the bitterest." And this is pretty much how it is when we witness how some Customers are arranging the collection and transport of the picture frames we’ve framed for them. Ergo: a)  We reflect on how they do this, resolving never to do what they do, b)  we never imitate what they do, lest we wreck the frames and c)  we practice doing the opposite of what are doing, which may be harder and ...  

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