MAKE YOUR ART OUTLIVE YOU AND I!
Framing a special piece of art or memorabilia will help to preserve it and keep it in beautiful condition for future generations.
We can help bridge the gap that may exist between a favorite piece of art or item and the style throughout the rest of your home. At Corning Art and Frame, you’re sure to have that perfect companion to your artwork.
There are three main steps to Custom Framing, Starting from your art and working out. We begin with the mat, then moulding, and finally selecting the right type of glass.
Select the links below to find out more of each of these categories.
The mat-board is the colored material which is placed between the artwork and the glass. Its primary purpose is to put an air space between the glass and the artwork so that the two do not stick to each other over time. A secondary purpose of matting is to create a border between the frame and the artwork, thereby drawing the viewers eye inward, towards the piece.
You must also decide the number of mats that are layered inside of the frame. For starters, nowhere is it written that a frame must have matting. It is quite acceptable to not use any matting at all. The only consideration is that some kind of spacer will be needed so that the artwork does not touch the glass. Over time, any contact will result in the two sides sticking to on another when natural moisture and temperature changes occur.
Color Options - Mats are available in numerous shades of every color in the rainbow, including gold, silver, white and black. As we have mentioned before, the best color is the one that looks good to you. Corning Art and Frame has over 700 different matting styles, and choices. In addition, we offer a variety of fabric mats, as well as colored core mats.
The best quality frames are made of either metal or wood. Wooden frames usually have a warmer, more inviting and traditional look. This is desirable for certain pieces of artwork such as a painting, a rich color photograph or a heirloom piece.
In contrast, metal frames, with their straight edges and sharp corners, tend to portray a bolder and more contemporary, even industrial look. Metal frames are commonly used for black and white photography and other modern media.
In most framing projects, the very first question you will ask yourself is whether you are looking for a metal or a wood frame. To accommodate this decision, we have organized our over 1500 moulding selections into two base categories, namely metal or wood frames.
The last step is to choose what kind of glass, or glazing, you would like on your frame. Glazing is the cover that protects everything in a frame. As with matting, glazing is optional. Of course, without glazing the artwork will be exposed to any temperature and humidity changes, but this is more important for some pieces than others. We offer the following glazing options:
Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry. Over time exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading.
Conservation Reflection Control® called "non-glare" in the industry is a glass that enhances the beauty of artwork with a matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare. Additionally, it effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays.
Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is a premium glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.