If, like many people, you enjoy the thought of poking around in thrift stores to look for the perfect item, you might want to look for an antique frame for a favorite photo or piece of art. However, once you start looking, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the opportunities. Keep your eyes open and use the ideas below to help you select a suitable frame.
You might pass over certain frames because the glass is cracked or chipped in some spots. Some frames may not even have glass at all. Don't pass by a frame because of the condition of the glass; a framing company can measure the frame and help you replace it.
Look for Wood
While you are likely to see metal frames and frames made from other materials, if you would plan to refinish the frame, it's important to seek out wood. Wood is easy to stain, sand and paint. Having wood on the frame's back allows for easy attachment of hooks or wires to help you mount the frame and picture on the wall.
Take Pictures with Your Phone
Like many people, you may have a smartphone. Your phone can come in very handing when looking for frames. Take a snapshot of the picture you want to frame so that you don't have to rely on your memory. When you are looking at frames, you'll be able to glance down at your phone and get an idea of whether a particular frame would be suitable. Not only that, but you can take pictures of various frames you find so that you can go to various stores and remember what kind of frames you've considered before making a decision.
Investigate Artwork Before Removing It
If you find a great frame that surrounds an existing piece of artwork, your first impulse might be to take the picture out and set it aside. However, it is important to be aware that it is possible you'll find a picture that is of some value. Before you remove any artwork, do a little investigation online to determine if the artist is known or if the painting is worth any money. That way, you'll be more careful to remove it from the frame in a way that doesn't cause damage to the piece.
For more ideas and help in finding and refinishing old frames, consult a company that specializes in framing services. They can help you turn that old frame into something beautiful. For additional info, contact a business that specializes in crafting and hobbies.