Custom or Diploma Framing at Artistic Custom Framing & Gallery (67% Off)

Artistic Custom Framing & Gallery Wheaton - Silver Spring

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In a Nutshell

Artisans craft custom frames for artwork such as paintings, posters, or photographs; simple black frames surround diplomas or certificates

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per frame. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotion value in 1 visit. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Not valid for sale items, repairs, canvas stretching, or glass change. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $50 for $150 toward custom framing
  • $33 for framing for a diploma or certificate up 12”x16” in a black frame, single mat, and regular glass ($100 value)

Conservation Framing: A Shield Against Acid and Light

Frames add elegance to any work of art, but they can also protect it from the ravages of time. Read on to learn framers’ techniques for preserving images.

Paintings have been known to last for nearly 40,000 years on the walls of a cave, but most artwork in the world may not last more than a few decades above a living-room mantel. Continually exposed to environmental factors, even professionally framed pieces will degrade, fade, and potentially decay over time if not properly preserved. To mitigate this, conservation-framing techniques protect delicate works by focusing on two parts of a frame’s anatomy: the mat and the glass.

In an acidic environment, the fibers in artwork gradually break down—a process that accelerates the longer it isn’t treated. To shield against acid exposure, conservation mats are treated to make sure they are pH neutral or slightly alkaline. Typically, the mats also consist of cotton rag or purified wood that tests negative for the presence of lignin, a common chemical compound that produces acid over time.

Although standard glass works well to protect artwork from probing fingers and curious tongues, it still leaves paintings vulnerable to UV radiation, both from the sun and from fluorescent lighting. Available in a number of classes and price points, conservation glass filters out most—up to 98%—of UV radiation, preventing colors from fading due to photolytic degradation while still allowing for, in many cases, seamless visual clarity.

Customer Reviews

Great place and local jewel. They do all their framing on site so the turnaround time was only a week, much shorter than other framing stores I have visited. I shall return. Thanks Groupon!
Anita S. · November 19, 2014

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