The Process of Getting Your Special Piece Framed

What you can expect when you bring your art or memorabilia to Finer Frames.

If you haven’t had anything framed before it can be a daunting experience, there is so much choice!  You want this to look really good but where do you begin?

We will greet you and ask “how can we help?”

You might have a print or a certificate, painting or a football jersey, embroidery or canvas or photos that you need framed. You name it we can frame it. Everything from a Venetian mask, to a set of collectors cards to a tiny photo or even garden tools!

It may be something you need done today for a wedding, birthday present or a funeral, or something that has been sitting under the bed for years!

Depending on what you want to achieve, the choice of mats and mouldings for your frame can be a quick and easy process or it can take some time to choose exactly the right combination that suits your taste and the artwork.  We do not want you to feel rushed and are happy to spend the time you need to find the perfect solution.

Here are a few things that will help you understand the process and allow you to get the best result.

We are here to achieve the very best results.

Your piece will end up on the big table. We might have to weigh it down at the corners, especially if it has been rolled up to travel!

We will measure the artwork and ask the story of the piece. Besides just being interesting for us… there are some amazing stories… it tells us a few important things, including how old it is and its family history.  In the case of a restoration, our questions are quite specific about provenance, valuations etc.

We look at the art to assess all sorts of things.  Is it an oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, photo, print or needlework. Each of these has its own framing needs. We also look at the condition of the piece and will point out any faults or areas that may need TLC before framing. Sometimes these small things can be repaired or minimised, and we will offer that service if necessary.

Mats, Mouldings and Glazing!

We then ask you if you have a particular style in mind for your framing.

We have conveniently divided our moulding samples into broad styles, for example rustic, provincial, urban, metallics and Hollywood glam. Like all good all frame shops, we have mat corner samples and moulding corner samples that allow you to visualise the finished frame.

The mats and mouldings are there for you to play with . Slide back the doors, look at the mouldings and take them off the wall.

We look at colours and textures in the piece and show you combinations of mat and mouldings to make your work look its very best.  You may have to put some trust in your framer’s experience, but we are here to help you achieve a beautiful result.

Try to be open with your look but tell us if you want to match existing décor.

“Do I need a mat?”

Most likely yes! Mats are there for both looks and protection. We will suggest appropriate types of mats for each piece, from Museum grade cotton rag mats to décor mats. A mat enhances and supports the piece and stops it from sticking to the glass. We can cut mats in all sorts of shapes and with all sorts of decorations.


After the choice of frames and mats is agreed upon, we come to glazing choices. Sometimes people ask “Why do I need glazing at all?“

Glass or acrylic glazing is the window on your work, keeps it protected from environmental pollutants (and pests) and holds the whole piece together between the backing and the mat inside the frame.

There are quite a few choices for glazing, ranging from plain glass to museum grade acrylic. Some glass is ultra-clear and contains ultra violet protective filters. If your piece is very large, or is in a high traffic area accessible to public, acrylic will be suggested.  It is lighter and safer than window glass.

Turn Around time

 The process can take an hour to three weeks or more depending on the complexity. If it is just a mat you need cut we can usually do this on our CNC cutter within a few minutes. But generally  the framing process takes 10 days to 15 working days.

We ask for a deposit and order the mouldings needed. We then cut everything and put all the components together to make your unique piece.

You are more than welcome to come into the workshop and see how and where everything is done.