Topping Out Framing and Ceremony

It’s good to see that the work I have completed in the past and then taken time to apply it to and maintain a website sometimes pays off.

A large building company in London contacted me directly as a result of seeing frames on my website created for a Topping Out Ceremony. This is traditionally when the full height of a building is reached and the framework completed. Nowadays often used for public relations purposes.

The company required 2 frames containing heavy powder coated steel constructors spanners and large nuts and bolts.
The glazing was to be etched with the text relating to the topping out ceremony presentation.
I had to make boxes to sit behind the black frames and wire in the heavy spanners and nuts and bolts. A glass company in Southampton sand blasted the text onto the pre-cut glazing and it was finally all put together only a few hours before the ceremony in London.

Fine Art Trade Guild's Annual Framing Competition 2018

We Frame It has put in an entry into the Fine Art Trade Guild's framing challenge competition of 2018

The Theme for the  competition is Gustav Klimt's iconic painting The Kiss. The entries will be judged and the finalists announced at the Art and Framing Awards in Stratford Upon Avon in May.

Nicole commented "My entry is a Klimt/Lindt Chocolate Box Selection designed to be a free standing piece in order to represent a box of chocolates. Framed to budget level due to the wide selection of materials involved in both its construction, contents and the polyester film used for glazing to create the chocolate box look.

A gold moulding was used and cut on its side to create the chocolate box. Inserted into this was a plastic biscuit tray sprayed gold and decorated with pieces from a printed copy of “The Kiss”. The chocolates were handmade made from air dry clay and painted in a Klimt style. Silicon was used to stick them in. Ultra vue glass was chosen so as to appear invisible and to carry the printed gold foil glass transfer that I designed of the Klimt/Lindt logo applied. This is held in place with a trimmed gold slip to create the edge of the box.

The chocolate box lid is double-sided, hinged and made from a waste piece of moulding. It contains on one side (the top) a printed cropped version of “The kiss” glazed with polyester film to create the chocolate box look. This is held in place with pieces of trimmed gold slip. A gold foil Klimt logo sticker which I designed was added across the corner.

On the reverse (inside) it holds a gold/black core multiple hand-cut mount. This displays 10 different famous kisses from the world of art, film, history, religion and royalty and of course Klimt “The Kiss”. Each kiss represents one of the chocolates below in the box playing on the Klimt/Lindt connection".

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Framed for good - Caring for your framed art

As a Fine Art Trade Guild Certified Framer I am well qualified and happy to help in selecting the best frame for your artwork.

The Guild has produced a brief guide to caring for your framed art and a copy is below. Printed copies are available from my studio.

Framed for good - Caring for your framed art

Photo enhancement

I was recently instructed to help a customer reframe some sentimental photographs. Unfortunately they had suffered over time and had bleached out. A local design and printing firm were able to greatly enhance the photos which were then reframed in a more delicate frame with a rather heavy frame being replaced with an acrylic block display (two acrylic blocks that are held together with magnets).

mus orig and newBefore and after photographs

ali framedPhotographs of after and before enhancement

ali collection acrylicPhotos, again enhanced, and now displayed  in an acrylic block rather than the heavy green picture frame.

Acrylic bubbles



An alternative to the box frame for 3D objects and memorabilia.

An acrylic bubble can be placed over the objects and any suitable frame added.  UV protective acrylic is available also to safeguard precious items from harmful light.

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