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Fitting & Box Frames

This page provides a summary of how best to fit your pictures once the frame has been made. This summary is based on the full set of instructions that is included free of charge with any purchase of a combination kit deal. Please visit our Shop for further details.

Useful Tips for Fitting Picture into Frames

Back of Frame

How the back of a frame should look when finished ready to hang on the wall

  1. Try to keep your work area as dust free as possible
  2. Use a blanket over the fitting bench to ensure that you do not scratch the frame.
  3. Use brown gum strip / lick and stick / parcel tape to secure the picture to the mount.
  4. Use only two pieces of tape to secure the picture to the mount, one at the top left and the other at the top right.
  5. Use millboard / 2 m.m. Greyboard for backing.
  6. Use 2 m.m. picture glass
  7. Clean the glass with cotton cloth, because it does not smear as much as other cloths
  8. Use Sellotape around the glass / mount / backing sandwich to (a) keep out dust and dirt and (b) keep out thunderbugs
  9. Use the same sized nails for joining the frames as for fitting the pictures
  10. Use gum strip to cover nails at back of frame
  11. Make sure the gumstrip is really wet
  12. Double loop the picture wire through the screw eyes.

Exert from book Frames and Framing by Andy Parks

It can be frustrating to fit your pictures and then discover stray pieces of dirt when the picture frame is hung on the wall. Therefore make sure your fitting area is well lit. A portable spot light may help you to illuminate the workbench to make all unwanted dust or dirt easily visible.

Useful Tips for Box Frames

Box Frame

An example of a Box frame with the glass held away from the picture

  1. Ensure that the moulding is deep enough for the item to be framed
  2. Use the same colour card for the sides of the box, as the colour chosen for the under mounts.
  3. For the side cards, use two pieces of mountboard held together with white glue.
  4. Use plenty of glue when sticking two pieces of card together.
  5. Clean the glass first, as usual, before fitting the side card
  6. Use a combination of double sided tape and white glue to stick the side card.
  7. Immediately before fitting, remove dust from the glass with a clean paint brush.

Exert from book Frames and Framing by Andy Parks

When considering which attachment method to use you must consider the value of the art work. For anything of value, such as medals, coins etc. it is recommended that you use a technique that can easily be reversed and the art work can easily be returned to its original state before framing. This is called ‘conservation framing’ and is very important for the preservation of art work. Medals can easily be stitched to mount board. Coins can have cut outs made for them. Most items can be stitched but a pilot hole may be needed and a thimble is a necessary item to prevent pricking your finger on the needle. If the item is too heavy to be stitched can it be framed so that the weight is supported by the bottom of the frame?

Contact Details

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Contact Us

Unit 4A
Buriton Business Park
Petersfield 
Hampshire GU32 3NJ 
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1730 269926

Opening Times

Mornings

The Petersfield Framing Studios are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. At these times please feel free to come along to the workshop to choose your picture mounts and frames or collect orders that are ready.

Afternoons

These are dedicated to collection and delivery of picture framing at your home by appointment. However, if you would like to visit the workshop in the afternoon, please make an appointment to do this on 01730 269926 or click here to e-mail us to arrange a mutually convenient time in the afternoon.

Directions to the Petersfield Framing Studios

From Petersfield:

We are located about one mile due South of Petersfield town centre on the Buriton Business Park. Take the old A3 heading towards Portsmouth out of Petersfield, pass Tesco's and The Petersfield School, both on the right hand side. Keep travelling up The Causeway until the roundabout by the old Jolly Sailor public house. Keep going on the old A3 towards Portsmouth from a 30 mph limit into a 40 mph limit and then into a 60 mph limit. Go past a lay by on the left hand side and past another smaller lay by on the right hand side of the road. We are on the next right hand turn. It is difficult to see but look for a red triangle warning sign of a low bridge just after this turning on the right. Turn right here and follow this narrow road for about 50 yards until you see another turning on the right where you will see a small business park in front of you. Turn right here and then immediately left into the entrance of the Buriton Business Park. We are in the building on the left hand side. Park your car somewhere on the left hand side. We are located at the very end of the left hand building in Unit 4A.

Travelling from the North of Petersfield via the A3:

The exit that you need is the last exit from the A3 before driving past Butser Hill and before the turning off for the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Travel along the A3 past the two junctions signposted "Midhurst A272" and also past the junction signposted "Winchester A272" respectively. This is also the junction where the service station is located. Keep driving along the A3 past the industrial estate on the left hand side. Eventually you will see Butser Hill with the easily identifiable mast on top on the right hand side. As you near the hill, there is another junction off the A3 signposted "Buriton". Take this junction and follow the road around to the left heading back on itself. Follow this road for about 200 yards until you arrive at a roundabout. Go straight over this roundabout signposted towards "Petersfield" and cross over a bridge over the railway. Follow this road for about 200 yards where you will see a sign on the edge of the road that says Buriton Business Park. Take the next left hand turn that has a warning sign of a low bridge as a land mark. Follow this road for about 50 yards and then turn left and the Buriton Business Park entrance is just on the left hand side. We are in the building on the left hand side. Park your car somewhere on the left hand side. We are located at the very end of the corridor in the left hand building in Unit 4A.

Travelling from the South of Petersfield via the A3:

Follow the A3 over the South Downs until the A3(M) becomes the A3. Keep going past the Queen Elizabeth County Park on the right and past Butser Hill on the left. Once you have passed Butser Hill and you can no longer see the mast on top of the hill, we are off of the next junction, signposted "Buriton". Take this junction and follow the road around to the right back under the A3 and you will arrive at a roundabout. Turn left here where it is signposted for "Petersfield" and cross over a bridge over the railway. Follow this road for about 200 yards where you will see a sign on the edge of the road that says Buriton Business Park. Take the next left hand turn that has a warning sign of a low bridge as a land mark. Follow this road for about 50 yards and then turn left and the Buriton Business Park entrance is just on the left hand side. We are in the building on the left hand side. Park your car somewhere on the left hand side. We are located at the very end of the corridor in the left hand building in Unit 4A.