From modern frame designs to ornate or decorative shapes, our technicians can produce any bespoke frame style and size for your fine art.
Not only does a good frame protect your artwork, it can also enhance and add value to a piece.
We feel our art deserves a good home, and we want you to enjoy your art for years to come, which is why our team of expert framers create a custom, hand-made frame for every work of art.
At Eight we strive to use only the very highest grade of conservation and archival framing materials as standard.
Get in touch - on top of the current framing options available via checkout (below), our team is always on hand to help you choose a custom finish to complement either our artwork, or any other artwork you have which you'd like framed, and advise on a bespoke solution.
1. SELECT FRAME COLOUR & SIZE
Choose the right colour and width of frame to show off your art.
We take the utmost care to ensure that all the timber for our frames is sourced from 100% sustainable, FSC certified sources.
2. SELECT A FRAMING STYLE
Flush to edge
80mm mount width
CANVAS TRAY FRAME
CANVAS BOX FRAME
Choose the right style according to the type of artwork and surface.
Although a matter of personal preference, certain art will naturally lend itself to a particular framing style. For example, Silkscreen prints look great when ‘float-mounted’, which gives the frame an added depth and creates the illusion that the print is literally floating within the frame.
Select from the following framing styles at checkout:
Full bleed - Prints with straight edges or already containing a large border, don’t normally require a window mount and can be framed flush to the edge of the frame (or ‘full-bleed’). A popular choice for gig and linenbacked original movie posters.
Float mounts - Silkscreen prints often come with a ‘deckled’ (or torn) edge, and look better when ‘floatmounted’ in a contemporary box-style frame using a spacer (or fillet) to create a gap between the artwork surface and the glass.
This gives the image an added depth, and the gap around the artwork highlights the edges and creates the illusion that the print is literally ‘floating’ within the frame - additional height can be achieved by placing an optional piece of mount board underneath the artwork, raising it off the surface and further enhancing the effect.
Window mounts - Giclée, posters, photographic and small to medium sized prints tend to work well with the classic look and feel of a traditional window mounted frame, focusing the eye on the artwork and giving the image added wall space.
Canvas tray frames - Sometimes also called ‘baguette frames’ or ‘glassless frames’, canvas tray frames are used around the edge of a finished canvas, which is unglazed. A small gap is left around the artwork and the inside edge of the frame, creating a dramatic shadow effect using the negative space.
Canvas box frames - A canvas box frame encloses the canvas completely inside the frame, which is then glazed. This is a great option to protect the canvas from both accidental and environmental damage like UV, as well as dirt and dust. We reccommend glazing any canvas art using anti-reflective glazing to preserve (and in many cases enhance) the colour and detail of the piece.
3. SELECT A GLAZING OPTION
WATER WHITE FLOAT
ARTGLASS AR 99™
OPTIUM MUSEUM ACRYLIC®
Choose a glazing option to protect your art.
Glazing plays a vital role in protecting your artwork from physical damage like scratches, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light and atmospheric pollutants like dirt and dust.
Although the type of glazing chosen can significantly increase the overall price of framing, it's worth bearing in mind that this is the first line of defence in maintaining your artwork (and it's value) in good condition - as UV, and even artificial lighting can cause colours and inks to fade through a process known as photochemical destruction. We would always stress the importance of properly protecting your art, particularly for rare or valuable works.
We provide the following glazing options at checkout:
Water White Float - is a completely colourless glass manufactured from silica with low iron content to make the glass crystal clear and completely neutral in colour, offering outstanding colour reproduction compared to the greenish tint of standard glass. This is our most economical solution, but doesn't have any anti-reflective or UV properties.
Artglass AR 99™ - to give maximum protection for small to medium artworks, we recommend using this conservation standard glass to help prevent artwork from fading. It blocks up to 99% of UV light, with an anti-reflective coating that virtually eliminates reflections, providing superb clarity.
- Optium Museum Acrylic® - for superior conservation quality, nothing can come close to this lightweight, anti-reflective, anti-static, shatterproof and abrasion resistant, clear coated acrylic offering unmatched clarity, maximum UV protection and providing even greater security than traditional glazing. Ideal for larger and valuable artworks, high traffic areas or where safety is a consideration.
4. SELECT A MOUNT STYLE
This classic style of window mount is slightly bottom weighted, drawing the focus of the eye up into the centre of the work and creating a harmonious balance - great for giclée prints.
The thinner window on the contemporary mount gives the image maximum impact and creates a more modern look and feel - ideal for vintage movie posters or photographic C-type prints.
This extra-wide window mount creates a bold border around the artwork and lends added wall space to the image - this works particularly well with smaller sized artwork.
Choose the right mount option for your art.
Traditional, contemporary or wide mounts create a subtly different effect depending on the piece.
All our mount boards are not only acid-free (PH neutral), they are entirely free from impurities, such as lignin and the various other contaminants that are found in ordinary ‘pulp’ board.
We recommend that archival quality, pure-grade 100% cotton acid-free mount boards are used for mounting art and photographic works, with an 8-ply thickness to lend maximum stability.
* We offer a traditional mount style option at checkout.
Contact us for bespoke requirements including slim, extra-wide or coloured mounts.
If you require a specific solution, we’ve got you covered - just contact us and we’ll put together a quote for you
We’ve sourced an extensive selection of superior quality, solid-wood, acrylic and metal frame mouldings to suit a variety of tastes and styles.
We’re able to create beautiful frames from diverse wood types including tulip, walnut, maple and oak, and the advanced equipment available in our bespoke Wood Mill allows our skilled craftsmen to hand-make beautifully unique custom wooden frames to your exact requirements - each one can be either sprayed, or stained and waxed to suit.
Metallic frames (either aluminium or brass) are first welded, sanded and polished before optional chemical finishing, creating either a gleaming shine, brushed, or frosted finish.
We use high density, acid-free backing boards to provide protection against knocks to the rear of the frame. Our boards are made from non-recycled wood pulp and are PVA laminated, with the added option of an archival Polyester lining to prevent moisture absorption.
From modern frame design to decorative shapes, our technicians can produce any bespoke frame style and size for your fine art - hand-made beautifully unique, custom wooden frames to your requirements, and each one can be stained and waxed to your desired finish.
If you have an unusual frame idea in mind to present a piece from your collection, please don’t hesitate to contact our team who can design this for you.
Additional Glazing Options
UltraVue® UV92 - A crystal clear glass virtually eliminating reflections and giving amazing clarity with bright colour transmission. It’s also durable and easy to clean, giving up to 92% protection from UV - which although isn’t as good as the Artglass AR 99, is a slightly more economical solution which provides a good level of protection.
Perspex® - a lightweight, shatter-resistant and economical glazing solution. Requires some care in handling as it tends to attract dust and scratch easily, but small scratches and scuffs can be polished out.
Conservation Grade UV Protection
Optium Museum Acrylic® meets rigorous standards. Durable and strong, Optium is produced using a patented Tru-Vue technology.
A magnetron-sputtered anti-reflective, anti-static coating is bonded to an abrasion resistant, UV filtering acrylic sheet at an atomic level. This ensures long-lasting protection that doesn’t oxidize and degrade over time.
* Conservation Grade UV protection meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916 by blocking at least 97% of UV energy.
Customise your frame using the archival options at checkout
Production times may vary according to frame type and complexity.
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Call us on +44 (0) 208 815 0647
Give us a call today to discuss any bespoke framing options