Newsletter Winter 2014

What’s Up at FAF
The shop is coming along quite nicely and we are in the process of hooking up a wood stove for heat. It got cold here rather quickly.
Holiday deadlines:
Leafed frames must be ordered on or before December 1st to be guaranteed to be ready for Christmas.
Basic finishes must be ordered by December 15th.
Featured Frames
In honor of the season, this issue’s featured frame is any frame with 22 karrot gold on it. The sheen and richness of real gold has a quality all its own. The depth of the finish is worth its weight in gold!
How a Floater Frame is Made Part 2
(In part one we talked about the glueing up process and the planing process.) Once we have the raw frame glued and planed we are then ready to prepare the surface of the frame for the finish. The first finish is a basic finish. This can be either a stain or wash that is top coated with a clear finish to seal and protect the wood. The basic finish is applied with a brush or a rag directly to the raw wood with several coats depending how dark the customer wants it or what kind of stain or wash is being used. We have many stains in stock from which to choose from or we can order one if you prefer. Once the stain has been applied and is dry, we spray a clear coat on the frame with a spray gun. The frame is allowed to dry again and is lightly sanded with a very fine sand paper and a second clear coat is applied giving the frame the shine or satin sheen. Another basic finish is a clear satin lacuor showing the natural beauty of the grains in the wood…. Come back in the next issue and we will discuss this finish and the corners of our joined frames.

Newsletter Summer 2014

What’s New at Fine Art Frames

We wanted to keep you informed of the BIG changes I have gone through this past year. I have built a shop out in Franklin County, NC. It takes the foot print of a four car garage and is two stories high. The upstairs consists of a room 20ft x 24ft and the rest is open to the downstairs. We have this large open space to store my inventory standing up, which is better for the wood. Downstairs I process the order and build your frame. If you have chosen any one of our of our basic finishes it is also done in this area. Soon I will have a spray booth out the back door. Any of the leaf finishes are done upstairs in the “clean” room. My wife likes it when I am working up there as she has her own hobby corner in the room. Along with my new shop I have acquired lots of new (used) equipment to better process your frames. So now I am able to fully process the frames from raw wood to finished product in house.

Featured Frame

This issue’s featured frame is actually going to be frames. That is to say, all my frames are on sale. This is the last month before a rate increase will take effect. Afterall, I have not adjusted my prices since 2008.

If you order before September 15,2014, I will honor the 2008 prices of all my frames.

How A Floater Frame is Made, Part 1

Our frames are all a two piece design where one of 3 backer stock options is glued to the outer frame and are made to fit the customer’s canvas depth. We have stock of the various face sizes that have previously been ripped, i.e., sawed and are ready to be married to the backer stock when we are given the measurements of the artwork. Once the boards have been glued together, we run it through the plainer, once to get rid of the excess glue on the back and another time to get rid of the saw blade marks on the front.