Framing

WELDED FRAMES

Offer Flexibility in Design

 

By April Hann Lanford

Welded Frames Offer Flexibility in Design

By April Hann Lanford

The beauty of metal frames is that you can take an industrial and raw approach to them, or in other cases, achieve a highly polished, minimal and sleek appearance.

Due to their inherent strength, metal frames can allow for narrower frame profiles for larger artwork.  It all depends on the type of metal selected as well as the finish.

Steel

Steel frames have become more popular over the past few decades.  For a more industrial look, the metal can be presented in its welded, untreated raw state.  Surfaces can be intentionally distressed and weathered to add to the rustic appearance.  Welded seams can be left as is as a decorative component showing the inherent structure of the join, or they can be ground to a smooth finishThe metal can also be treated to achieve different tonalities, ground surface textures and sheens.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel profiles usually have a brushed or a highly polished surface. Unlike steel, the surface does not oxidize over time. The brushed surface can soften the appearance of the frame while adding subtle surface texture.

Bronze

Bronze has a nice warmth and works well with sepia tones, iron gall ink, albumen prints, etc.  The surace can be wax, patinated, burshed, hammered and toned.

Brass

Brass looks best when highly polished. Its warm gold tone works well and is a more cost-effective option than a burnished gilded closed corner frame.

Copper

With the revived interest of warmer metals, copper profiles have had a resurgence.  Hammered, lightly brushed and patinated, or highly polished, copper is still not seen much in framing, but makes a striking appearance when used.

Bronze

Bronze has a nice warmth and works well with sepia tones, iron gall ink, albumen prints, etc.  The surace can be wax, patinated, burshed, hammered and toned.

Aluminum

Aluminum frames are a popular choice for their light weight, and narrow profile widths.

Like brass and stainless steel, aluminum is often highly polished to achieve a mirror like reflective surface.  The surface can also be brushed or powder coated in a variety of painted finishes and colors.  Aluminum is typically the metal of choice when cost is a consideration for closed corner frames.

If you have questions or would like to see any of these options in person, please feel welcome to contact us at:

April@artifactservices.com

312-344-0331

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At Our Studios

Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

Online

We also welcome inquiries through email.

If you have questions about a general treatment or need an approximate cost for a project, you can send images and information about your piece.  When possible please include the following information:

Title, Artist, Medium, and Size

Condition Observations and Concerns

Images of the front and back, with any details.

We will call you to follow up and gather any further pertinent information.

Onsite

Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

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april@artifactservices.com
(312) 344-0331
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Chicago, IL  60642

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