What is Spacer (Box) Framing?
‘Spacer’ or ‘box’ framing uses a ‘fillet’, or ‘spacer’ which runs alongside the inner edge of the frame and provides a separation between your artwork and the glass of the frame.
Why should I choose Spacer (Box) Framing?
Alongside the contemporary aesthetic achieved with spacer framing, the separation between your artwork and the glass of the frame also aids in preventing damage to your prints caused by condensation (which can result in water damage, mould, mildew or the deterioration of the surface of the image).
Spacer framing is also ideal for 3d artworks as the depth can be adjusted to accommodate your work.
There are other considerations surrounding your finished piece – such as its environmental impact. All of the mouldings we use for our frames are from sustainable sources that are managed to meet environmental, social and economic needs for both the present and future, as certified by the FSC scheme. When it comes to passé-partout’s, or window mounts, we only use the finest 8-ply acid-free and neutral PH museum conservation-quality board, which is certified by The Fine Art Trade Guild and offers exceptional preservation qualities that conform to the highest conservation standards.
Once your frame is complete, appropriate fixings are then attached to the back of your frame so that your work is ready to hang. Of course, not only can our skilled team provide advice on hanging systems – but we can also offer delivery and installation services too.
Spacer (Box) Framing – Glazing:
When choosing your glazing, there are many factors to consider. Our team are able to advise on the most appropriate glazing for the size of your artwork, where it will be placed and whether it is due to be transported (and by which means). Depending on these factors, it might be more appropriate to consider Perspex as a glazing solution as this is more robust and provides a safer solution for larger pieces, or those that are travelling large distances, or internationally. For all other frames, we use anti-reflective Artglass as standard for our framing, which is the best option for reflective-free and neutral viewing. This incorporates a 70% UV filter to protect your valuable artwork from fading.
Packaging and Transporting Your Framed Photographic Works:
One of the biggest challenges with finished works is transportation, which is often difficult due to fragility of the piece, its size and weight. For international travel, or transportation using select couriers, we would recommend crating works where possible – providing utmost security. Crates, which can be custom built to accommodate the exact dimensions of your piece, do cost an additional outlay but can provide a cost-effective solution in the longer term when compared against the costs and time associated with getting finished pieces re-made. We also advise, where possible, using experienced art-handlers or installers to ensure your work is transported in the safest way and the risk of damage is kept to a minimum. Not only do we provide advice on transportation from years of experience in this field, but we can also create bespoke crates and delivery and installation services too – just ask us!