Burled Wood Frames

Howdy! This week we were brought an amazing canvas from Kenya! We decided to go with a burled wood frame with a scoop profile and it was exactly what the piece needed. Burled wood frames come with warmth and beauty difficult to find in other frames. Whether your home is modern or traditional, burled woods find the middle ground to be able to go in any home. The frame combines strong yet subtle detail along with a rough texture that doesn’t over-power the piece. The texture of the wood compliments the tribal nature of the piece and has the look of a frame that the artist made special for the piece.  

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Repairing flood damage

Here at ART on 5th we don’t only design, build and fit custom frames, we can also help deal with repair and restoration issues. We have a local expert restorer who can work magic on your most treasured pieces of art whether they’re on canvas or paper. Due to the recent flooding in some Southern Austin areas we’ve had a few pieces come to us with flood damage. One was a beautiful needlepoint piece that was done by the clients mother some 40 years ago. For obvious reasons the piece had incredible sentimental value and had sadly suffered from water damage due to water running down the wall it was hanging on.The backing and paper matting was clearly soaked with condensation visible on the inside of the glass so we worked quickly to remove the fabric from danger and let it air dry naturally. With pieces as old and delicate Continued reading →

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A Banksy…yes really

This week we had a VERY rare opportunity to see a Banksy in the gallery.  Banksy is a British-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.  Since Banksy’s primary medium is graffiti I had never had the opportunity to see one in person and wow what a piece!                The client had another framed piece in her collection that she loved and wanted to find a similar frame for the Banksy.  We ended up choosing a sleek silver frame with depth.  The silver leaf finish was a very close match to the frame in her collection.  The frame’s profile and finish really accentuated the lid of the soup can and had a clean museum look.  We used 100% rag 8ply matting and UV protection to make sure this piece stays in pristine condition for years to come.  There is something so exciting about a Continued reading →

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Make Tea Not War: Exposing the back side…

Needing to be able to see the front AND the back of a particular piece? Well backless framing is no problem for us! I recently had a client come in to frame a “Make Tea Not War” postcard, but still wanted to be able to see the back side where it had been addressed. We framed the back with it’s own linen matting and another piece of plexi-glas on top of it, giving it’s own frame separate from the front. We used plexi-glas instead of regular glass because it is light weight, and since we were using two sheets it was able to stay that way once it was put together. Once the extended piece of kevlar cord is attached and he will be able to swing it back and forth making it easy to display and show off both sides of the piece. This postcard was interesting to say Continued reading →

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How do I put a custom frame on a canvas?

Before I started working here at ART on 5th I just thought you put frames around flat artwork and photographs and canvas pieces were stretched onto wooden frames and put on the wall with nothing else on show other than the canvas itself. In some cases that’s absolutely fine, it might not suit the piece to have a frame covering the sides. Sometimes we do what’s called a gallery wrap where the canvas is wrapped around a hidden wooden frame with the actual artwork continuing around the sides. One of the best examples of how effective gallery wrapping can be is currently on view here at ART on 5th. One of our regular artists Isabelle Dupuy uses thick layers of paint to make flowers look 3 dimensional on the canvas and the flowers continue around the sides to create a great effect on your wall as you can see in Continued reading →

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Seven Etched Christmas Cards

Some of my favorite custom framing jobs are those that have a strong sentimental value to the client.  There is something to be said about a client trusting you with a piece or in this case seven pieces that are irreplaceable.                              This week we had a client bring in seven original etched Christmas cards that were created every year from the late 1920s to 1960s.  The cards were originally the client’s grandmother’s and the frame needed updating.   It is always exciting and a bit nerve racking to take apart an old frame, you just never know what you are going to find!  In this case I was very surprised to see the cards stacked and taped to each other behind the mat.  After a minor surgical procedure our Senior Framer was able to free the Continued reading →

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Vintage Binaca Poster

Last week I was lucky enough to get an original vintage Binaca poster from 1944 in the gallery for custom framing. This poster “Swiss Object Realism Style” by famous poster designer Niklaus Stoecklin from 1944 is nothing short of amazing.  When it comes to framing an old poster, considering linen backing is always a good option. “Linen Backing is a conservation method used to mount and preserve vintage posters so they can be displayed or framed without compromising value. Damaged posters are stabilized through linen backing and restoration to protect the poster from further damage. Linen backing holds the poster flat and smooth allowing it to be easily handled, stored or framed. Most vintage posters have suffered tears, folds and losses over the years. This makes them look frayed and irreparable. Don’t let this discourage you. An experienced restorer is capable of bringing a damaged poster back to life. Folds can be easily flattened once Continued reading →

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An eclectic mix of custom framing in Austin

As we like to say here in Austin, “Keep Austin Weird”. This past month has seen an amazing eclectic mixture of custom framing jobs pass through our door, helping to keep that saying alive. It’s not that any of the items we’ve framed are particularly weird, but the point I’m trying to make is that, lets just say, we’ve had a weird and wonderful mixture of jobs which is why we love what we do. We’ve framed, amongst others….   A giant flat screen TV that is a mirror when switched off – TV when switched on (very cool but also very heavy..!) A huge 1940’s advertising poster with the biggest cartoon squirrel you’ve ever seen (my favorite piece to date) A certificate hand signed by President Obama (and signed by Hilary Clinton too..!) An original New York City Subway NYTA advertisement (one of the skinny ads that go above Continued reading →

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Transitional Framing

          Over the weekend we had a fantastic trunk show with an art dealer from NYC.  Two clients purchased a few pieces but they couldn’t decide if they were going to keep the pieces in their Austin condo or another home in the Midwest.  They were almost positive they would keep the painting in Austin but challenged me to find something “transitional” in case they changed their minds.    Our philosophy for custom framing is always frame for the piece and this frame job was no exception.  Typically natural wood frames are the most transitional because they can be dressed up or dressed down.  The clients have a lot of wood in both homes and wanted to go with something a bit different.  We looked at highlighting the blues in the piece but decided that a bronze with red undertones would not only enhance the warm Continued reading →

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Custom Plasma Television Frame

Why would you need frame a television?  Sometimes a client will want to frame a regular TV, but this is no ordinary television.  We have a client who’s TV essentially has two functions; a high definition television and a mirror when not in use.  When powered off the television acts as a normal wall mirror.  Since mirrors are usually framed, this is when custom framing comes into the picture.  When dealing with a piece of equipment as high-tech and modern as a plasma screen/mirror, a traditional frame just wasn’t cutting it.  We decided to go with a sleek glossy 4″ black lacquer frame to highlight the modern interior of the client’s home and the shiny finish on the frame works well with the mirror’s reflection.  This was a very fun and unusual request for us, we always love a good framing challenge.  We have been framing a lot of mirrors lately Continued reading →

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