Materials Needed


3 Mouldings

In order to create a frame there are two essential factors that must be considered before ordering and cutting the moulding.

The dimensions of the mounted artwork.  This obviously takes account of the length and height of the piece BUT it must also take into consideration its overall depth.

The overall depth will be made up of the mount package (single, double, hinge mount), glass panel and backboard.  This dimension has a direct bearing on the required rebate depth in the chosen moulding

The style of moulding.  This is a decision based mainly on aesthetics and the relationship of the frame to the artwork, mount and colour palette.  You will need to decide whether to use a natural / bare wood finish or a pre-finished moulding (gold, silver, black etc).  With natural wood mouldings you will have to decide what finish you will choose to apply.


The style of moulding should be chosen with the practical and aesthetic structure of the frame in mind.  For guidance on quality visit the Handy Hints (BASICS) section and view the sheet: Choosing The Style & Quantity of Moulding For A Frame

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In fact, there are thousands of styles available: too much choice can sometimes be a bad thing and confuses the issue.  Knowing that you can depend on the availability of a more limited range can be more important, whether starting to frame for other people or producing top quality work for yourself.

Visit the moulding section of our store.  The range is still quite extensive with 116 styles to choose from (more if you think of the range of fimishes you can put on the bare wood mouldings).  The range has been developed based on years of framing experience and the preferences shown by customers.  Typically mouldings fall into several finish styles:

  • pre-finished wood effects and stains
  • silvers
  • golds
  • black
  • colours (basic paint effects)
  • natural woods
  • slips / fillets

Within each of these types, there will be a variety of profile styles, from square cut to highly ornate.  When developing our range to stock, careful consideration was given to some important issues that you will, in turn, need to think about:

  1. depth of the back of the frame - higher backs make clamping easier;
  2. quality of material - flaky, soft timbers used in mouldings make clean mitre cuts difficult to cut
  3. profile - complex profiles make it difficult to effect neat corners
  4. rebate depth - ensuring that the moulding can accommodate the framing package and its weight
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