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Framing a Flat Screen TV

Just when you thought you had all your pictures and memories framed, framing your flat screen TV is one of the most creative additions you can add to your home decor.  Admit it, the biggest focal point in a room is your TV, why not put a glamorous frame around it?

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This project was done a few weeks ago.  The client chose a beautiful chunky gold frame, about 3 1/2 inches wide. It enhanced her room decor to a T!  Installing the TV frame takes some thought.  In this case, we "suspended" the frame on the TV itself, as it was installed with a bracket to the wall.  Other frames may include enclosing the sides of the frame to  hide wiring and brackets.  It is fairly easy to install, and the end result is something quite unique.

When Bad things Happen to Good Framing

It is inevitable. The Framing elves, as I call them, will show up at the most inopportune times and "help out" with my framing. They leave a speck on the mat after it is completed, a scratch in the glass not noticed until the final inspection, or a puff of dust inconspicuously centered on the artwork. While I am committed to handing our clients an excellent product, in the end it is custom and custom made, and tiny flaws can occur.

No worries. I look at it as the client is my final inspection, after my eyes have gone fuzzy, and my elves have helped out.  I appreciate some of my client's eye, like an electron microscope  because it helps me to be a better framer. And I have a no questions asked, lets git er done, guarantee. For any reason, we will remedy what the Framing Elves have done.The only charge is a little time. I am proud to have my framing on your walls, and I want you to be proud to show it off!

Framing Plates & Flags - Really Old Ones!

Recently this plate arrived, of a portrait of the client's great great grandmother dated 1880.  Knowing where to send her to have it properly restored insured it would come back to me for framing.  A good framer should have a network of other experts to help out when needed!  Over the years I have built up a cache of people to advise me when "I get one of those really good ones".


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American Flag American Flag

When this flag flew on a air craft carrier in WWII at Iwo Jima, Im certain the soldier never dreamed that 85 years later it would hang proudly in his granddaughters family room.  Knowing what to do to keep it for another 85 years is part of Little Conestoga Picture Framing's services.  We treat heirlooms as if they were from our own family.

Are you getting what you pay for?

Everyone likes to see "SALE  50-70% OFF!"  Saving money is a good thing.  But how do you know you are getting what you pay for?

Recently I read an article in my trade/ industry that the franchise framing/craft stores are selling a version of high quality museum glass, passing it off as the Real Deal, or their own personal version of it.  However, what these franchise stores have purchased is a flawed quality, lower standard glass, and are selling it to their customers.  The customer is unaware of the differences in glass, and paying the same price for as an independent would charge for the  Real Stuff.

Confusing?  On the premise that an educated consumer is the best consumer, I feel it is important to let the client know that they have choices.  They are not locked in to what I feel.  The client at Little Conestoga Picture Framing leaves knowing that they made good choices about their art and why.  They also know that they are getting what they paid for.

Consider your passionate, Local Independent Framing Expert, and be assured you are getting what you pay for.

The price of quality?

A while ago when a client came to me with an order to cut just mats and glass, I didn't think anything about the frame.  he had purchased the frame at a "big box" store and spent quite a bit on it.  I often do fill in orders, where only the mat or glass is needed.

Two years later, he called on me to say the frame that "I did" was splitting at the corners and falling apart.  After looking at it, I remembered the scenario.  In an effort to save money, and get the "70% off", he purchased the frame, but went elsewhere for the rest of the work ( me). But the frame was of very poor quality, and nothing I would have represented.

The philosophy of our studio is to try to offer the client a little more than the other guys, absorb the details and little things, and try to deliver a hassle free product.  I quoted him an inclusive price that beat out the single price of only the frame.  Had he started out with the entire project in one place, he could have saved time, money, aggravation, and the inconvenience of doing it all over again a couple years later.  All those things add up to expensive mentally, physically, and through his wallet.

When you pay for quality, you only cry once.

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Winter Classic Sports MemorabiliaWinter Classic framed sports memorabilia, Framed $125.

Rare Richard Bollinger Print

Richard Bollinger PrintOut of Print Rare Richard Bollinger print.  Signed and numbered 708/750. 

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Needlework: an amazing artform

I am so amazed and in awe of the women who bring me their needle art treasures. Finding someone who knows how to handle needlework is very important to them and something we do not take lightly at Little Conestoga Picture Framing.

There are specific ways to handle needle art and a good framer needs to know these. From the type of fabric used, whether it is cotton or silk, or wool, and then how to block, stretch and properly frame are all things seriously considered when handling these wonderful original works of art.

These treasures will be heirlooms one day, passed on to children and friends and framing them to last is what we do at LCPF.

When frames die: when to schedule a funeral

It happens.  Wood gets dry, old, cracked, and cannot support itself or the artwork in it.  What is especially upsetting is when they commit suicide and take the big leap off the wall to their demise.

Sometimes the leap is an unsuccesful attempt and just the corners separate and can be repaired, repinned and glued.  Ahhhh, you are relieved.  But lots of times, the antique frames found at the rummage sale, in the attic, or the old frames that have been hanging for years may not be in the best shape to be revived.

It is hard to hear this news from your framer, but take heart.  The art is what is important, and reviving it with a new frame may be just what the "doctor" ordered, and give you a whole new look to enjoy.

How to Choose The Correct Glass

"Does this frame make my glass look too big"
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"When your glass is on the line, choose wisely"

It used to be that you could go down to the hardware store and get a piece of lead-laden glass to replace the broken piece on your signed print. Not today. Glass is a very important component of the whole framing process.

Some places will only sell UV protected conservation glass or even museum glass. But this concept may be a little bit of overkill on some works. Really, do you need 100% UV protected glass on Juniors 1st grade art? Do you have to have museum glass on a dorm poster?

Education is the key ingredient for choosing glass. With some art, you cannot cut corners. Invest in good glazing and keep your art protected. No doubt about it, original art, photographs, and signed prints are among the things that require "good glass". When you are investing in preserving you art, choose wisely and allow your framer to offer you choices.

Custom Framing

Lots of places do custom framing, but is it really custom for you? If you visit a true custom framer, it should be all about you. Does your framer ask a lot of questions about the art, the story behind it, what your taste is, what colors you are attracted to?

It's important! Some of the big box chain stores offer custom framing, but it is only about what they think you should have. And then they sell you no choices. It's about their ideas and your wallet.

A true custom framer will give you choices. She (that would be me) will display different mat colors to see what you like. Maybe you love pink (oh dear, she will think, that is hideous), but she will show you pink. And then gently steer you towards some other colors that will enhance your art and allow you to enjoy it long after pink was your hot color.
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