Every day we receive phone calls from folks like you that want to get an idea of pricing and how things work at Artists Frame Service before they visit us in the showroom. To help us help you get the right information, Hanah & Josh put together a list of questions for you to consider before calling.
These are the biggies:
What type of art are you framing?
• Is it a photo, canvas, watercolor, statue, poster, silk scarf, sports jersey, or family heirloom? As you can see here, we are capable of framing a wide variety of objects.
• The type of art effects the different variables involved with framing, including the method by which we are attaching the art; which all plays a role in the overall cost of the project.
What size is it?
• Size is a major factor in pricing. It will affect the amount of materials needed as well as how the art and materials are handled.
• Certain larger sizes may require additional reinforcement, different glass or Plexiglas options, or even special order materials.
Do you want a mat?
• A mat is a paper or fabric border used between art on paper and the frame. It also functions as a way to separate the art from the glass, which is ideal when framing for archival reasons.
• The mat will affect the overall size and cost of the piece.
What style of framing are you looking for?
• Simple black? Ornate Gold? Hardwood? White Lacquer? Steel? Aluminum?
• Are you more contemporary or traditional? Do you identify with a design style: Arts and Crafts, Deco, Industrial?
Is this a priceless family heirloom or a decoration for your dorm?
• A priceless family artifact must be handled with more care and different materials.
• We have economy options, such as a poster or diploma special. You can read more about our promotions here.
Other helpful info:
• What is your time frame? Is this a rush order? Keep in mind that our turnaround time for average projects is one week.
• Some materials are in stock, some items must be special ordered, and some get hand-made to order. This can affect pricing as well as turnaround time.
• Are you thinking of framing a large quantity pieces?
• A canvas has its own special set of considerations whether or not it is going in a frame.
Ok! Now get on that horn and give us what you got!
~Thanks, Hanah and Josh for your special cameo in today’s entry!