What’s the difference between made to measure and bespoke picture framing?

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MARCH, 2018

So the other day I was asked “What is bespoke picture framing anyway?”
The short answer is picture frames made from scratch.

Unlike made to measure framing (where long lengths of pre-finished mouldings are cut to size) I only use bare wood mouldings. Very occasionally, I even design the moulding myself and mill it from raw timber. No pre-finished moulding will ever be harmed in the making of my picture frames.

Once the frame has been constructed and sanded I can apply the finish. This can be paint, wood stain, gesso, gilding, or a combination of any or all of the above to create a particular effect.

The client asked me to create a frame that looked as if it had been dredged from the bottom of a river.

The rusted metal appearance of the frame in the image was achieved using, amongst other things, two kinds of texture paste, wood stain, and enamel paint. The client had asked me to create a frame that looked as if it had been dredged from the bottom of a river.

So why bespoke picture framing?

The beauty of bespoke picture frame making, apart from how much creative fun I can have, is that the frames are seamless. If you ever look at a picture frame and you can’t see the join, that’s bespoke.

Have something you’d like framed? Pop into my workshop in Canton, Cardiff, or get in touch.