ICAS Fine Art Services
Established 1984 - Professional bespoke picture framers, Restoration, Hanging & Lighting, & Valuation Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK
CARING FOR YOUR ART
ICAS - Vilas Fine Art -THE DO'S & DON'TS FOR MAINTAINING THE LIFE OF YOUR FRAMED ART.
With over 30 Years experience of providing solutions for picture framing and looking after the needs of our lists of clients, we regularly get ask for TIPS of how to hang and caring for their artwork. And to aid all those who are interested here are some of our recommendations by Sunil Vilas Art Director:-
Do: Employ Conservation Framers for valuable artwork; monetary and/or sentimental.
Do: Hang artwork in locations that offer protection from the damaging effects of HEAT, MOISTURE, and LIGHT
Do: Clean the surface regularly with the proper cleaner (acrylic/plexiglass requires special cleaner.)
Do: Check the age and condition of the matting occasionally for signs of deterioration, spotting, or yellowing caused by exposure to light, humidity, and temperature. If you see signs of deterioration or are unsure of the condition of the matting, bring it in to us and one of our framers will be happy to inspect it for you.
Don't: Spray the cleaner directly onto the surface. Spray cleaner on a soft cloth first, to avoid pooling and damage to the frame, mat and art.
Don't: Hang valuable artwork on outside walls, over a usable fireplace, in bathrooms or in direct sunlight
HANGING YOUR ARTWORK
TIPS ON ARTFUL PICTURE ARRANGING
Your arrangement should hang closely together. If you have too much space between pictures you lose the visual effect.
With the exception of a round grouping, hang pictures so that they form at least one horizontal and one vertical line.
COLOR AND TEXTURE BALANCE:
Pay attention to colour and texture when working out your arrangement. Keep the weight of your composition well distributed.
CREATE VISUAL EXCITEMENT:
Definitely mix and mingle pictures in different shapes and sizes, keeping the weight of the composition well distributed.
Don't forget to include lamps and wall sconces into your arrangement!
Consider proper scale when decorating your walls. Support large furniture with large wall hangings and small furniture with small wall hangings. Hanging small pictures over a large sofa or large pictures over a small loveseat will appear awkward and disrupt the balance of your room.
When hanging pictures above furniture the rule of thumb is between 6 and 8 inches. If not above furniture, hang your pictures at average eye-level
AVOID UNWANTED NAIL HOLES:
To hang the picture at your chosen height you will need to measure how far from the top of the picture the hanging wire will hit when hanging on a nail. If the top of your picture should hang 72" from the floor, and the hanging wire hits 4 inches below, your nail will have to be 68" from the floor centred with your picture. (Use a light pencil mark on your wall!)
TIPS ON HARDWARE FOR PICTURE HANGING
Our hardware is free with your custom framing. Based on your needs we will select the best hardware option for your artwork and wall condition.
STRENGTH AND SECURITY
Always use picture hangers for strength and security. We recommend using two hangers per picture for strength, security, and maintaining straight placement.
(Oversize artwork and Oversize Mirrors) Drywall: For artwork up to 150 lbs. We recommend using 2 Floreat hangers (75 lb.) on the wall. Two straphangers (or "D- Rings") should be attached to the artwork with no wire. Strap hangers hook directly onto floreat hangers in the wall. Weight is distributed between the hangers.
BOATS, MOBILE HOMES AND COMMERCIAL USE
Use security hangers that anchor all corners of the frame.
Typically used for hanging lightweight objects.
Many older homes have ceiling mouldings from which you many hang framed art using "Moulding hook" or "Shook" hardware, decorative chain, and cording
ICAS - Vilas Fine Art - the Art of Framing we provide the expertise and solve any framing needs, from purchased of an original artworks; to collection of medals needing special attention of mounting; to a signed memorabilia's rugby or football shirts; to a tapestry or stitch work; to your a favourite print, visit our gallery for helpful advice and best choices for your faming needs.
We will OFFER you a wide selection of mouldings with co-ordinating mounting service to suit ..,
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