Welcome to Colinton Arts, Edinburgh's well-known
picture framers, where we offer a truly personal service.
Professional and high-quality art and picture framing services in Edinburgh and Lothian
Producing a quality framed picture requires the best equipment matched with the best-skilled operators. In the following, we hope to give you an insight into some of the key issues that should be considered when deciding your framing needs.
New customers often ask if our picture framing is done by our own staff and on our premises. All picture framing and associated work is undertaken in our own workshop adjoining our gift shop and gallery. Therefore, your valuable work will remain with us until the work is completed, avoiding the obvious risks of entrusting the work to third parties. However, there are rare circumstances where picture restoration or repair is required by a professional restorer. In such circumstances, we will always notify you of the extent of the work and the name of the restorer we consider competent.
Purpose designed machinery is essential if we are to produce the best product promptly for our clients. If you are based in Edinburgh and have something special to frame, why not get in touch to discover more about the options available to you?
1. Frame Cutting
A Morso guillotine provides accurate control over mitre cuts of frame mouldings. A precision mitre cut will ensure a neat and strong join at each corner of the frame.
2. Frame Jointing
A computer controlled compressed air underpinner from Cassese provides accurate control over alignment and butting of the frame moulding during the joining of mitres. Pre-programming for the many frame moulding shapes ensures consistent accuracy and cycle times.
3. Mount Cutting
A precision semi-automatic mount cutter ensures consistent and accurate single and multiple apertures are created in a simple and effective manner. Double mounts and V-grooved decor around the mount is done with ease from the basic foundations set up for the mount on our equipment.
4. Dry Mounting
Many forms of artwork look their best if dry mounted onto a rigid supporting medium, especially photographs, posters and work which may be creased or cockled. For this purpose, we use a heat activated vacuum bonding press. Although it is possible to reverse dry mounting, archival or original works should not be dry mounted without considering the long-term implications for the artwork.
Our attention to detail in assembly methods and the appearance of your artwork is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, if we are in any doubt over your selection of frame or mount while your artwork is in our process, we will call you to review the situation. Further, we encourage the use of conservation level framing. In this way, we ensure your picture is correctly assembled and offered the best level of protection.
Our skills and services are wide ranging, including framing up to museum level if the artwork warrants this. We can frame pretty much anything including memorabilia, medals, coins, needlework, textiles, tapestries, and fabrics, oils on board or canvas, photographs, watercolours, charcoals, and pastels.
There are five levels of picture framing which use different qualities of materials and framing techniques.
As this affects the cost and, more importantly, the level of protection and conservation for the artwork, a brief description of each is given below for your guidance.
Minimum- Framing to a minimum quality and budget and is only suitable for low-value items. We do not recommend framing at this level.
Budget Framing- This is for the budget conscious using basic grade material but is not recommended for any items of value.
Commended- Framing for items of moderate commercial or sentimental value but using "standard" material - this is an acceptable method.
Conservation- This is our preferred level of workmanship (as all techniques are reversible) and uses conservation grade material to protect the artwork.
Museum- This is the highest quality level of framing and uses expensive high grade inert and filtered materiel for lifetime protection and image quality.
There are over fifteen glazing options for a framed work, glass and perspex options being the most common. Mirror aside, the choice of glass divides into products that offer protection from damaging effects of ultra violet rays (artificial and natural) and those that can offer an almost clear view (minimising the effects of reflection).
Much of the glazing used in art is unobtrusive depending upon the exposure to light, humidity and temperature changes. Colour fading from ultra violet sources is by far the most common damage. Stains and foxing can be bleached out and careful selection of paper with reduced acid levels by the artists for their works can help preservation. However, colour lost through fading cannot be restored.
Glazing with a U.V filter blocks out over 98% of U.V radiation and preserves family heirlooms, thus ensuring investments retain their value.
If irritating reflections are likely to occur on a glazed picture exposed to a strong light source (large windows/patio doors) it is worth considering reflection controlled glazing material. Acid-etched, diffused or "non-reflective" (inappropriately named) glass is a budget option, but clarity will be lost, giving a hazy appearance and cannot be recommended for the clear display of the work. The correct solution is to use an optically coated reflection controlled glass, giving the clearest picture glass clarity available.
Although we display and stock over 250 popular frame designs, over 3000 designs are available from our principle suppliers usually at short notice (within 3 working days) and can be selected from our catalogues. For important works where the finish or colour is important we can obtain sample pieces within a few days.
Our range of mount boards exceed the minimum standards appropriate for each level of framing. The preservation as well as the presentation of your artwork is of considerable importance to us and we will guide you on the best selection of quality appropriate to your artwork.
11. Hand Finishes
Few framers have the skills or willingness to offer the comprehensive range of hand finishes. Our range of plain (bare-faced) natural wood mouldings - oak, beech, ash and maple, look good with just a wax finish, whilst we can also stain and/or lime wax ash and oak to bring out the grain. These as well as obeche and ramin can be painted with any design or style you wish, matching the room's decor.
Rugby shirt prepared for collection with protection corners and cello-wrapped
We have all acquired memorabilia, be it an heirloom or a presentation, and as we do not know how to display it, it is filed away in the deepest cupboard or attic. The other option is to frame it and enjoy the memories it recalls. Items we have framed are extensive and we believe we can frame most things, as long as they remain still long enough.