On the Worktable

Picture Woods® ebony stained walnut in a brand new profile. The outer bevel is a very nice touch. The grain of the wood combined with the (always) finest milling by Picture Woods® makes this contemporary profile a strong element of design for framing photographs and more. Available in many different woods, finishes and profile sizes as well.



I thought I'd share a view of my worktable with you once in a while! Today: touching up a frame built with Larson Juhl Sevilla Antique Gold with Medici (Watergilded Gold) Filet. Next steps will include preparing the artwork (antique painting on canvas) and fitting a custom sized sheet of Museum Glass.


Aside from friends' recommendation, more and more people find out about City Frames via search on a mobile device. I'd say that about 80% of my clients have a web-able mobile phone. Based on these observations, I think it makes sense to make finding and recommending City Frames as convenient, practical, and fun as possible with a mobile site! www.cityframes.mobi is being work on. It will be a simplified, practical version of the main site. It will include a few nifty little features such as a mini blog page, a mini portfolio, etc. I'll keep you posted! PS: www.cityframes.mobi currently re-directs to www.cityframes.net, and so until the mobile version is ready.



I am impressed! The page about framing "Joseph Telling His Dream" by Rembrandt received close to 200 visitors within a few days and it is still attracting new readers. I am guessing that some of you shared the link with friends. I also received many words of support via email as well as comments on the blog itself, encouraging me to continue sharing stories and information about my work at City Frames.

Thank you!


Ultimate viewing and protection with Museum Glass

The name Museum Glass makes this glass sound very exclusive, but you might change your mind after reading this... While still more expensive than other glass products, due to its increasing popularity, Museum Glass has significantly gone down in price, making it suitable for a wider range of framing applications. Close to 90% of the glass I used in framing designs is Museum Glass (the national average is less than 15%). I am obviously partial to this material and I take the time to educate my clients about its many priceless benefits and... addictive properties! Here are some of the facts and benefits of Museum Glass. Reflection Control We've all been annoyed by the distracting reflections bouncing against glass while trying to view the art behind it. Because Museum Glass reduces reflection by almost 99%, it offers the best viewing comfort possible. With Museum Glass, you get to see the full picture from just about any angle. A Shield Against UV Light Everyone's heard that ultraviolet light (a.k.a. UV light) is very harmful to art. UV light literally "bleaches" everything it comes in contact with (especially pigments) and sometimes over a very short period of time. You would not believe the number of works of art I re-frame that show severe signs of fading due to unprotected exposure to light. UV light is especially found in sunlight and fluorescent lights, but not only: It is found in just about any light source, including halogen. Museum Glass protects artwork by blocking 99% of UV light. This means that it significantly extends the lifespan of art. FYI: ordinary glass only blocks 45% or less of UV light. Clarity and Neutral Colors Museum glass provides the highest brightness and contrast levels available. It also provides true and neutral color transmission. This is glass with a paradox: a high level of clarity combined with a near total reflection control. Physical Protection Yes, a painting on canvas deserves glass, a concept that was unheard of until Museum Glass became available. I recommend the use of Museum Glass over paintings on canvas because it protects art from dust, spills, or punctures. So, during your next conversation about art, you can proudly mention your knowledge of Museum Glass! :-) Joseph Photos source: Tru Vue, Inc.


City Frames now on Facebook

If you are a small business owner like me, you understand the need for new better ways to communicate and network with clients and friends. Email, web site, blog, events, are good but no longer enough to keep us in touch with each others. Facebook now makes pages available for businesses, enabling new ways to connect. Facebook members can advocate for their favorite businesses by becoming "fans". Every time someone becomes the fan of a business, it spreads the word about the worth and merits of that business. City Frames now has a page on Facebook. The website and blog remain and if you are in my mailing list, you will continue to receive announcements about new postings made on this blog. Updates on the Facebook page will automatically be known to Facebook fans. Go ahead and become a fan of City Frames: use the Facebook fan box on the right, or simply click on the link below. Click here to visit City Frames on Facebook.


"Joseph telling his dream", etching by Rembrandt

After I received the call that a Rembrandt etching was going to be presented to me for framing, I felt conflicted: utter excitement on one hand... Fear that the project might not come through on the other.

The print was recently purchased at a Christie's auction and shipped to the client with much less protocol than you would imagine: FedEx, insurance, an ordinary flat cardboard box, some acid-free boards with the print inside. That's about it.

The artwork was in pristine condition. The original copper plate "Joseph Telling his Dream" was etched by the old master around 1638. But I was told that the print I had in front of me dated from the nineteenth century. Surprisingly small in format (no larger than four by five inches), the artwork was rich in inlays of thin lines. The etching had been skillfully printed on a very lightweight piece of parchment paper. The translucent paper was so delicate that the impression could be seen on the back, like a tattoo would on a thin layer of skin.

The exciting challenge: create a contemporary design with subtle classic Dutch influences. No ornament. Simple, solid, yet elegant. I had to make this print look very precious and special.

Design notes:

Museum composition
Soft White pure cotton museum board (Crescent) 4 ply, then 8 ply.
2" ebony stained walnut frame (Picture Woods) with graphite fillet (Larson Juhl).
Reflection-free conservation museum glass.

Professional installation of the finished project was provided using special security hardware to help prevent any damage or theft.