If you have a special object that you want to proudly present and preserve, you’ll need to find a frame that’s right for the job. A bespoke frame is often the best idea – these sturdy frames look beautiful and offer unparalleled protection for your piece.
You may have spent some time finding about the perfect picture frame, but you may be left wondering which materials should you use to build it?
There are lots of options available and to help you make the right choice, here’s a closer look at the best materials to use.
The Best Materials For Your Bespoke Picture Frame
In terms of the frame itself, there are a wide range of options that offer a mixture of pros and cons. Here’s a little analysis of why you may or may not want to choose a particular option.
Wood has been the go-to material for bespoke frames for centuries. This traditional material is versatile and easy to shape. It can also be strengthened and protected with paints and stains, too, making it a long-lasting option that will survive for many years.
Wood is also a very popular option thanks to the natural aesthetic and feel that it offers. Some people spend a lot of time finding a perfect piece of wood that offers a desirable texture and colour. It’s simple to adjust the shade of the wood too, making it easy to pair the frame with its immediate environment.
There are lots of wood options out there. You will have to balance the pros and cons of hardwood and softwood options according to your own preferences. Cheery, walnut and maple options are particularly popular thanks to the strength and hard-wearing nature of those options.
Metal frames have emerged as a very popular option in recent years. Metal is more versatile when compared to other alternatives, helping you to create some unique shapes and sizes that really make a statement.
Metal frames can often pair well with artwork, helping to create a minimalistic and modern feel within homes and other locations. If you want a thin frame, a metal option is often a great choice. This material can be adjusted and made to be very thin, helping to draw attention to your piece.
Of course, metal also comes in a variety of colours and you can choose which finish you would like to go for. This makes it really simple to create an amazing statement piece if you are framing a colourful piece of art.
Faux wood options are ubiquitous these days, but they are inferior to the other two options above in terms of quality. These frames are often made from a dense plastic material, but given a finish to make the frame look like a wooden frame.
These frames are lightweight and affordable, but they are easily damaged and you will find that they do not last as long as higher-quality options. You can paint these frames according to your desire, though, and you may find that their affordability makes it simple to frame multiple items.
When it comes to framing materials, your imagination is the only limit. Some people have created their own beautiful frames by recycling materials and using materials that they find like driftwood. The subjects can often be fashioned to meet the contours of those frames, creating interesting looks.
Acrylic or Glass? The Best Material For Your Bespoke Picture Frame Cover
Another important option to consider is the cover that you are going to use. There are two key options here: acrylic or glass. Here’s a closer look at the pros and cons of each to help you decide which is right for your bespoke picture frame.
Acrylic is much lighter than glass and cheap acrylic is sometimes used as a placeholder when transporting an empty frame (to reduce the potential for damage caused by broken glass).
This option is sometimes more expensive than glass because it is clearer and more premium options can also offer protection against UV light. Acrylic can also reduce glare, helping you to proudly display your piece without it being obscured by light reflecting from the surface of the cover.
Acrylic options are often preferable because it does not shatter like glass and it makes frames easier to hang given that it is much lighter.
Apart from the higher prices, another downside is the higher electromagnetic charge exhibited by acrylic options. This means that dust and other debris is easily attracted to the cover. It’s important that this debris is removed with a microfibre cloth, given that acrylic is also susceptible to scratching.
Glass is a classic option but light can become an issue given that the material is very reflective. While acrylic does not present a tint, you may find that glass can make subjects look slightly green if there is a lot of light.
The weight of glass is also an issue. This additional weight can make it difficult to move frames and also means that you may require additional wall support depending on the size of your frame.
Broken glass can be dangerous, too, and presents a serious risk to your artwork. It is also susceptible to condensation but it does have a lower electromagnetic charge. This means that it does not attract dust and other debris in the same way that an acrylic cover might.
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We hope that this closer look at the best materials for a bespoke picture frame have been useful for you! There’s a lot to think about, so you might want to pursue professional advice to make the right decision. It would be our pleasure to help you.
Contact us today to discuss your idea – we have what it takes to build your frame while giving you all of the advice and guidance that you need about materials. We have many years of experience and we have produced countless quality frames over the years – we can’t wait to work together!