Our Picture Framing Services
At Kennedy Picture Framing we offer a wide range of services and can cater for all needs, large or small. Our long standing experience in picture framing of all kinds means that we can offer the very best finish no matter what the subject matter is, artwork or a prized collection, our creativity has no limits.
At Kennedy Picture framing we specialize in custom framing, priding ourselves on being able to offer the highest quality solution to almost every picture framing need, giving our customers the perfect setting for their precious pieces. We are experts in both wood and metal frame choices, each of which are available in full custom sizes, as well as a selection of in-stock, ready-made frames.
Wood and metal frames are used in different applications with each option having different benefits, visit us today and we will be happy to determine the optimal frame choice to suit your specific needs.
Wood Frames are available in a wide variety of widths, depths and finishes. For larger works, it is important to select an adequate size of frame to accommodate the weight of the glass. Wood frames provide the client with an almost endless selection of styles, finishes, depths and character, from traditional to contemporary; ornate to simplistic. Although wood frames tend to be priced higher than aluminum options, there are a wide range of price points available to accommodate almost any budget. Depending on the size of your picture and the visual style that you are looking for, we can help you to determine the perfect wood frame for your project.
Metal (Aluminum) Frames
Metal frames have come a long way in style and variety since the basic gold and silver poster frames of the past. They now come in a wide variety of thicknesses, depths and styles from the basic ¼ inch edging to 2 inch wide frames with more substance. Metal frames are available in depths that can accommodate canvases or shadow boxing and are sometimes reinforced with metal channels making them good choices for mirrors and heavy items. Metal frames tend to be priced lower than wood frames providing an economical alternative to wood frames.
Conservation & Preservation
Conservation framing is incredible important when framing those more fragile items. Here at Kennedy Picture Framing we are very experienced in the latest conservation framing techniques.
Whether you are framing a photograph from a recent vacation or an antique work of art, all of the materials used in our framing projects are designed to preserve and protect the item being framed. We only use high quality conservation matboards, acid-free backing boards, and either wood or metal frames (never plastic). All of these materials are designed to promote protection for the item being framed and minimize the damage caused by pollutants and acidity found in paper and fabric items.
There are different levels of conservation quality available in all materials used but even the most basic framing job is performed without using acidic or destructive materials. Details on higher levels of conservation quality materials including UV protective glass, rag boards and conservation quality backing boards are outlined below.
At Kennedy Picture Framing we use Alphamat Artcare mats exclusively for our picture framing projects. Artcare technology provides one of the highest levels of conservation quality available and is endorsed by the Library of Congress and many museums worldwide. For case studies, click here.
The use of a high quality archival matboard is important for the preservation of any item being framed. Alphamat Artcare mats are 100% acid free and contain tiny microchambers within the board, that draw out pollutants from the environment within the framed piece. These microchambers lock away and neutralize harmful gases and help to prevent long-term environmental damage to the framed item. We stand behind the Alphamat product with 100% confidence and are happy to provide literature on the high quality and strong reputation of this product.
Customers should remember that there are many varying levels of quality in matboards available on the market. Many matboards are labelled “acid free”, “museum” or “archival”, but just because a mat claims to be one of these things, does not mean that it is necessarily a high quality product. We are happy to look at any existing framed items that you have purchased elsewhere in order to determine the quality of the mats, backing and glass to ensure that your artwork is sufficiently protected.
There are a variety of glass options available and different projects may require different glass choices. Glass provides the final protection between the framed item and the environment and it is important that the right glass is selected for each project. Choosing a good quality glass can protect framed items from harmful UV rays and prevent both fading and discolouration of artwork over time. Come into our store to see visual examples of the different types of glass available. Click the tabs below for more information.
At Kennedy Picture Framing we are not only experienced in framing one-dimensional items, but we also have extensive experience framing objects and collectibles of all shapes and sizes. From baseballs to hockey jerseys; tennis rackets to jewellery; medals to golf balls… we have seen it all… and if you have something unique to frame, we are always ready for a new challenge.
Object and collectible framing is always framed with the same attention to conservation and preservation as used in all of our traditional framing projects. Our intention is to consistently protect the items that we are framing without damaging or impacting the lasting value of the item.
Please contact us if you have a unique item that you would like displayed on the wall for all to see. Professional framing is a visually attractive alternative to keeping special items locked away in a drawer for years to come. No matter what prized possession you are hoping to show case, we will be able to find the perfect setting for it!
Picture Mounting & Stretching
We offer Plak Mounting as well as Needle Craft and Canvas Stretching, so please get in touch to see how we can help!
Kennedy Picture Framing is proud to be partnered with a local Plak Mounting company who offer consistently high quality products to our clients. Plak Mounting can generally be done within a week and is an economical alternative to traditional picture framing. Clients should be advised that Plak Mounting is a permanent and durable treatment that involves permanently bonding paper items to an MDF backing board. Plak Mounting is irreversible and should never be used for anything valuable or for official documents.
Kennedy Picture Framing has extensive experience working with needlework and fabrics of all types. Our needlecraft stretching is performed using acid free materials, which will not damage or discolour fabrics. Fabrics should never be placed directly against glass to avoid damaging the delicate fibres and to allow the material to “breathe”, therefore we would always recommend using a mat or channel spacers to create an air space between the breathable fabrics and the glass. Alternately, many needlework projects can be framed without glass providing they are sprayed with a stain prevention coating to protect the material from the elements.
Canvas Stretching & Stretcher Bars
Kennedy Picture Framing can stretch canvas paintings onto a variety of thicknesses of stretcher bars. Stretching can be performed in two styles; either to go into a frame or to hang frameless on the wall. If the canvas is to go into a frame then the item will be stretched to the sides of the canvas. Alternately, for those who prefer the “frameless” finish, the image can be wrapped around the sides of the canvas and stapled at the back. Artists looking to create custom sized paintings can bring their blank canvas in and have stretcher bars made to any specification, including oversize.
Delivery & On-Site Installation
Kennedy Picture Framing offers complimentary home and business delivery on large orders, and for oversize pieces up to a maximum dimension. Pick up and delivery on smaller orders is also available for a nominal fee. Whether or not your framing was done with us, we are happy to come to your home or office to professionally hang your artwork. Please contact us for information regarding rates, regions and appointment availability.
Security installation is available for offices and hotels, as well as for large mirrors and any item that needs to be “locked” to the wall. Our security hardware comes with a customized wrench that the client can later use to remove the item from the wall. Security installation prevents theft, prevents pictures from tilting on the wall, and provides peace of mind to the client.
Our home and business installation services takes away the headache of getting that perfect installation which can make or break a room! Contact us to find out more.