Beautiful Frames Perfect for Larger Artworks

Last week we updated and added to our range of larger, premium frames.  We now have mouldings to suit every style and budget, from a simple photograph to an antique oil painting.

The new range is ideal for larger artworks, especially paintings on canvas, whether they be traditional or contemporary.  We have sourced exquisite, hand made  frames from Germany, with carefully applied gold and silver leaf sweeping around the corners.  These are complimented by a beautiful selection of traditional English frames, hand-carved by craftsmen for over 40 years.  The selection is completed by our original range of exceptional Italian frames.

We have chosen the frames carefully  to ensure there is something to suit  everyone but if you still don’t find what you are looking for we are very happy to order samples and place a special order for you.

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A Simple Frame for an Exquisite Drawing

We firmly believe that a frame should compliment the artwork rather than overpower it. This was perfectly illustrated recently when we framed a beautiful, detailed pencil drawing of a sunflower.  The exquisite drawing would be lost against many mouldings and mounts so we had to find a simple yet suitable combination.
We decided to use one of our special bevel double mounts, revealing only a small amount of the bottom colour. This is much more subtle than a traditional double mount and is perfect for delicate artworks.  We used a grey colour below, to match the pencil, with an  off white top mount.

As I have said, the frame choice had to compliment the delicacy of the artwork so we chose a very thin gun-metal aluminium. It echoes the thin grey line in the mount and due to the narrow profile directs all our attention to the drawing. Because of the detail in the drawing we glazed it using Clear Colour plus UV glass as there is virtually no reflection.  Any detailed work benefits enormously from this special glass, the clarity being unmatched.

We have a large selection of aluminium frames at Simon Robinson & Son. We have recently taken delivery of two new ranges of exceptionally thin profiles, perfect when keeping the framing simple and minimal.


Framing a Double Sided Coin

So often three-dimensional items are hidden away in a drawer when instead they could be hung on a wall for you to enjoy. We have framed all sorts of items over the years and can can turn virtually any of our mouldings into a deep box frame.

When a customer bought in the coin below his main concern was that the back of the coin, which was just as interesting as the front, would be covered up.

 The answer was to glaze it on both sides so the reverse could be viewed by simply turning it over.  A special double-sided mount was cut and the coin lodged in place and a simple pewter coloured frame complemented the metal. As with all framing, the glass should not touch the item so we used a black window mount to act as both a spacer and border.

 The black mount was repeated on the reverse to enable brass fixings to keep everything in place. As you can see, the back was as neat as the front!

A Hand Finished Frame For a Special Document

We were lucky enough to be asked to frame a very special document recently – an Order of the Garter.  The traditional certificate was decorated with beautiful calligraphy and finished with two large, deep wax seals.

 We decided to frame it using one of our had finished, wood mouldings as it is such a traditional piece.  The wood, a solid oak, was stained using a rich deep brown and finished with natural bees wax to protect the colour and finish.

As you can see, the black core mount was specially cut to fit around the seals.  The seals were extremely deep, set in brass holders, so we had to construct a box frame to accommodate them. We used a spacer to keep the glass far enough away and stained it to match the frame.

 As before we used our special low uv and anti reflection glass in order to both protect and display the order of the garter to the highest standard.

Framing a Very Long Tapestry!

As specialists in framing needlework we see all sorts of designs, shapes and sizes. This recent job however, has to be the longest and thinnest we have ever encountered! It was originally intended as a belt but the customer prefered to frame it for their wall.

The long, thin shape lent itself to a narrow, simple frame, however, it had to be very strong to stop the long length bowing.  Most thin wood frames wouldn’t be suitable so the answer was aluminium.  The extra strength the metal provides makes it ideal for this type of job.  It’s simplicity also suited the bright, graphic design of the tapestry perfectly.

The needlework was stretched and laced onto a conservation board before being mounted. The double mount kept the tapestry away from the glass in order to protect it.  To keep the detail as sharp as possible it was glazed with our special anti-reflection glass. Almost invisible, it also has uv filters so the colours of the threads will be saved from the effects of the sun.

Framing and Preserving a Wedding Bouquet

With the season of weddings upon us I thought I’d show you a beautiful bridal bouquet we framed this year.  The flowers had been freeze dried but were extremely fragile, so, as well as creating a stunning wall piece, the frame protected the bouquet.

We wanted to create a simple look to highlight the pale cream flowers so used a natural, solid ash frame. Natural wood never dates, creating a timeless display, in keeping with the bouquet.

The frame had be deep enough to hold the flowers and we used a natural wood spacer to create the box frame.  Our water white, uv filter glass added extra protection and clarity.

Box framing is a wonderful way to preserve and display something special that would otherwise be hidden away.  Flowers, sports shirts, medals and coins, even a child’s first shoes – we can usually find a frame to fit!

Art for Blue Smile

We are proud to be sponsoring an exhibition of art to raise funds for Blue Smile, a new Cambridgeshire charity.  The exhibition, at Anstey Hall, opens with a private view on Monday 20th June and is open to the public on Tuesday 21st June, from 10.30 am to 7 pm.

There will be a fantastic range of work for sale by established artists including paintings, ceramics, jewellery and sculpture. Fiona Carver, one of the Simon Robinson framers, will be also be exhibiting her selection of lino prints.

Blue Smile provides counselling and support in schools to help vulnerable and disadvantaged children fulfil their true potential and have happier childhoods. It can quite simply be life-changing.

Come and enjoy a range of art and support a local charity!

Art for Blue Smile
Tuesday 21st June, 10.30 am – 7 pm
Anstey Hall, Maris Lane, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9LN