Need to know: advice on metal picture frames

Written by chris pink on October 26, 2014 in Picture Framing

Wood might be considered the hallmark of picture framing, but there’s a lot of good to be found in metal frames as well (last week’s blog also mentioned this). In this blog post, we look at safety when putting them together, what kind of art they suit, and a few other burning questions which we sometimes get asked.

Safety when handling

If there’s one thing to be wary of when assembling metal frames, it’s those unforgiving edges – they can be razor sharp at times. If it’s your first time handling them, we’d suggest some thin gloves. These will afford you a level of protection, as well as the rather crucial ability to feel what you are doing.

Art that suits metal frames

Any art can be framed using this method, of course, but it’s fair to say that best results are had with photographs of the family, portrait shots in general and also etchings. Contemporary paintings which feature a lot of silver and black can also be a very good match.

Size is crucial when it comes to glass

Unlike wooden frames which more often than not tend to have a bit of give in them, there is no such thing where metal frames are concerned. The size they are is generally the size they are, so be sure to get the size of the glass or acrylic just right (particularly if you’re replacing what was once in the frame!).

A perfect fit

In order to ensure there are no gaps in the corners, you’ll need to push the two corners of your metal frame together – with the necessary joining piece of sliding metal – until they are perfectly flush. When you tighten the screws, don’t over-tighten them but do make sure that they hold the frame firmly.

Dusting is sensible

Metal frames come in a wide range of shiny and duller finishes, but be warned that like all picture frames they do attract the dust. A good going-over every couple of weeks should do the trick nicely.

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