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Uncollected and abandoned picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconThis post will deal with the humdrum and slightly annoying topic of uncollected, abandoned picture frames and akin picture framing goods. Uncollected-and-abandoned-goods-and-picture-frames We will  begin by saying that an unglamorous part of our online business retail of ready-made picture frames and the factory manufacturing of custom picture frames is the non-collection and ensuing abandonment by Customers of orders and custom picture framing jobs that they ordered. Each year this consists of anything between 10 to 15 assorted online orders and custom picture frames totalling in value between $1,000 to $2,000, some of these orders are shown below. Individually, nearly nearly every order is worth less than $200.  This amount is important, as it will be seen a little later on as we continue reading.

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“Can I put the poster in the frame while I’m here here?”

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-icon"Can I put the poster in the frame while I'm here?" is a question regularly asked by some Customers who have just picture-framing-customer-at-picture-frame-counterbought one or more of popular and inexpensive, ready-made poster frames.   Now, we understand why they may be asking this, sometimes they even tell us.   They are anxious to frame their art quickly and  want to hang it as soon as they get home.  They would like to frame it up at our store because it is full of spare poster frames as well as being large and spacious. Unfortunately, when this is asked, we always have to decline the request. The reason for this answer involves  the  evolving ...

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Unshippable A0 picture frames? Why, what does that mean?

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-icon"Unshippable A0 picture frames? Why, what does that mean?". That was the question we were asked in disbelief and incredulity while fielding a telephone inquiry from a young A0-poster-frames-are-unshippablemum in Northcote. She said she was confused as to why our website said that we could not  "post" a huge A0 black glass frame which she wanted.  She just had had a baby, she explained, and couldn't possibly come down  and pick up the frame, so she just wanted it shipped to her address.  We  did tell her that large glass frames cannot be shipped because most of the times these break or get damaged in transit, but she seemed to find it difficult to accept the explanation  and kept suggesting and insisting on various shipping methods that ...

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Is there an anti-yellowing, “safe” picture frame ?

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Just before Christmas, a lady Customer brought a medium-sized, black-and-white print which had beenpicture-framing-customer-shocked-at-artwork-acid-burn wrapped and stored away from sunlight since 1967.  She was excited at having discovered the print which was the last of a set of three her artist father had created, and now wanted it framed in a "safe" picture frame.  Alas, the set of 3 prints was somehow mislaid and became separated over the years, and only the first 2 prints had been framed. The third and last print was the one brought in to us for farming and the Customer wanted us match the framing of the other two.  As  she ...   

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The great, enduring picture framing controversy: Portrait vs Landscape orientation

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Ever since the first picture frame was , probably around 2.500 years ago the image's artist and owner must have wrestled with the portrait vs landscape orPortrait-and-landscape-picture-framing-orientations.jpgientation compositional conundrum, should it be framed portrait or landscape? Which would look better? And of course, we are not referring to art photography where ‘portrait’ main mean portraiture by photography and ‘landscape” may mean nature or outdoor photography. In picture framing, portrait means when someone frames and hangs the picture vertically, or longways, whereas landscape means when someone one frames and hangs a picture horizontally, or sideways. To put it in another way, the portrait format means that an image is taller than it is wide and landscape means that it is wider than...

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Stretcher frames versus strainer frames what’s the difference?

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Stretcher frames and strainer frames are often used by artists, painters and embroiders.  These frames are the wooden framework which hold and support the canvases artists paint or create.  Embroiders sometimes blank-canvas-on-a-strainer-frame also use these frames for their embroideries since these  can provide the durable tensions needed for sewing and pinning.  That said,  the greatest difference in Strainer Frames Versus Stretcher Frames is the cost.   You can buy online a 50x75 cms (20”x30”)  stretched, primed ready-to-paint, canvas stapled to a strainer ..

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How should I pack and send photo frames or picture frames?

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This may seem a fairly simple task, but it’s actually a little complicated to pack and send picture frames and photo frames the right way. A first consideration is the size of the picture, photo frame or picture frame to be shipped. It Parcel containing fragile photo frames and picture frames will be fairly obvious that a small, 4”x6” photo frame will be a lot easier to pack and ship than, for instance, A1 framed poster. Another way of putting it is that, the bigger the picture frame, the more work you’ll have to do. A second one may well be, who will ship or courier the parcel for you. You will need to keep in mind that many Couriers will not accept parcels containing picture frames, photo frames ...

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Our five most popular shadow box frames questions

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What are Shadow Box frames?  This post "Our five most popular shadow box frames questions"  will address this and other questions.  These specialized picture frames are essentially the same as normal picture frames but with White wood square shadow box frame with clear glass several different features.  Firstly the moulding, or frame, is much deeper at its side. For instance a normal moulding could be 4cms wide x 2cms high. With shadow box mouldings the proportions are reversed so that it would be 2cms wide x 4cms high, thus giving frames that ‘boxy’ look.

As the frame is deeper, and since a window mat, glass and backing are quite thin, perhaps making up .5 cm of the ...

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When at the framer’s, who should open up and remove prints and poster from mailing tubes?

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At first glance this seems a trivial and unimportant question, hence this post "When at the framer’s, who should open up and remove prints and poster from mailing Picture framing customer removing a poster from a mailing-tubetubes?.  You go to your picture framer’s shop, or store, with your freshly-arrived, eBay or Amazon poster rolled up in a tube, you get it opened or unpacked, show it to the framer, and get it framed, what’s the problem?  The problem is, what happens when the framer opens up the tube, removes your print or poster, and then presents you with damaged art?  This necessarily begs the question, was the print or poster already packed in that state, or did the ...

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What’s the best way of lifting, carrying and handling picture frames?

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Certainly, not by lifting one by the top of the frame as the man is doing in the photo. Unless the string, cord, wire or chain at the wrong-way-to-carry-a-picture-frameback is loose, frayed or damaged and unless the retaining hangers or fixings are missing or loose, picture frames and photo frames ought always be carried by whatever hanging devices they were fitted with. That's why they're there for. The danger with carrying picture frames by their frames,  especially larger frames, is that doing this might break the framing tape, seal, "spring" open the backing ...

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