A well framed artwork should last a lifetime and is an investment for many years to come.
Amber Arts offers a bespoke picture framing service, including specialist advise on the conservation of fine art prints and paintings. All the staff are practising artists and with their established fine art background they can offer you personal and unique advice.
framing options and prices
The prices in this section are to be used as as a guideline. When pricing the cost of a frame the general rule is the bigger it is, the more expensive it will be. We provide a free of charge consultation instore to ensure you get the best result and to discuss the many mounting and framing options available.
Colours will vary when viewed on screens
WHITES (BRIGHT TO IVORY)
PINK, RED & PURPLE
BROWN & BLACKS
LIGHT GREY ON ASH
LIGHT JACOBEAN ON ASH
DARK GREY ON ASH
IROKO ON ASH
LIGHT WALNUT ON ASH
DARK WALNUT ON ASH
MAHOGANY ON ASH
DARK JACOBEAN ON ASH
SELECTED RAW, UNFINISHED FRAMES
THIN ASH CUSHION
FLAT OAK CUSHION
MEDIUM OAK CUSHION
WIDE OAK CUSHION
LARGE OBECHE REVERSE
Selected Pre-Finished Frames
THIN IVORY GOLD CUSHION
DISTRESSED GOLD FLAT CUBE
SMALL GOLD BOX
GOLD BOX 1
LARGE DISTRESSED GOLD CUSHION
SMALL SILVER CUSHION
SATIN SILVER CUSHION
SILVER BOX 3
VERY THIN BLACK
FLAT BLACK EGGSHELL
LIGHT LIME ON BOX OAK
LIME WAX ON ASH
LIME WAX ON OBECHE
For any questions regarding our framing options above, don’t hesitate to contact us!
what parts make up a picture frame?
The frame is there to protect your artwork from damage but just as important is that the frame enhances and emphasises your artwork -becoming integral to the art itself.
We make all of our frames onsite using traditional techniques and equiptment. We provide hand painted, hand stained and various other custom finishes.
The timber used in our frames is sustainably sourced and of the highest quality. We believe a picture frame should last a lifetime so do not stock MDF or plastic frames.
Sometimes called the ‘passe partout’ the purpose of this is, as with the frame, is to protect and enhance.
The most basic (and cheapest) way to frame an artwork is to put it in a frame with the glass sitting flat against the artwork. This can be fine, and in some cases can be the best option, however there is often a build up of condensation that occurs with the natural rise and fall of temperatures within the home.
This condensation will eventually lead to a buildup of mould (called foxing) which will damage your artwork and require a special bleaching technique to be conducted by a qualified conservator. This is specialist work and comes at a price!
Generally, if something is precious to you in any way it is better to protect the artwork with a mount (the glass makes contact with the mount and not the artwork) rather than having to repair damage caused by foxing. It is better to protect than repair.
We are happy to advise you on different options regarding colours and the different types of mounting available.
What to expect in your free consultation
establish what is important to you
It is your artwork and your frame so there is no point in us making suggestions and advising you on best conservation practices if it isn’t something that right for you. So its important we have a brief chat about what it is you want and expect.
discuss mount options and colours
There are several options with regards to mounting and each type is typically best suited to different artworks. ie an etching in good condition with a nice decled edge would probably suit float mounting. Alternatively photographs tend to suit window mounts. There are no hard and fast rules though.
Choosing frame shape, style and finish
Look at different frames in various styles made of different types of wood. As part of this stage we would discuss not only shape but finish. ie Painted, stained, waxed, pre-finished or natural.
bring it all together
We will tell you the cost, time to completion and any further information. Our normal waiting times are 2 weeks. Typically if you want something really big or really unusual it may be longer, but we will do our best to be fast as possible.
Most of the framing options we have available start life as a natural timber. We stain, wax or paint the frames to your specific requirements, including matching colour. This means we can offer you the exact finish you want on the exact frame you choose. Unfortunately we cant do everything, despite our best efforts, so we also carry a large range of pre-finished frames for you to choose from.