Not only does a good frame protect your artwork, it can also enhance and add value to a piece.
We feel our art deserves a good home, and we want you to enjoy your art for years to come, which is why our team of expert framers create a custom, hand-made solution for every work of art.
At Eight we strive to use only the very highest grade of archival framing materials as standard (including 100% cotton acid-free mounts and high density backing boards), and our team is on hand to help you choose a finish to complement the colours, subject and style of your work of art.
Set the tone - Choose the right type, thickness and width moulding to show off your art. We've sourced an extensive selection of superior quality, solid-wood, acrylic and metal frame mouldings to suit a variety of tastes and styles.
We take the utmost care to ensure that all the timber for our frames is sourced from 100% sustainable, FSC certified sources and we’re able to create beautiful frames from diverse wood types including tulip, walnut, maple and oak. The advanced equipment available in our bespoke Wood Mill allows our skilled craftsmen to hand-make beautifully unique custom wooden frames to your exact requirements, and each one can be either sprayed, or stained and waxed to your desired finish.
Metallic frames (either aluminium or brass) are first welded, sanded and polished before optional chemical finishing to create either a gleaming shine, brushed, or frosted finish. From modern frame designs to ornate or decorative shapes, our technicians can produce any bespoke frame style and size for your fine art.
If you have an unusual frame idea in mind to present a piece from your collection, please don’t hesitate to contact our team who can design this for you.
All our mount boards are not only acid-free, they are entirely free from impurities; not just acid, but also lignin and the various other contaminants that are found in ordinary ‘pulp’ board.
We recommend that archival quality, pure-grade 100% cotton boards are used for mounting art and photographic works, with an 8-ply thickness to lend maximum stability.
We also take into account the type of artwork surface, and advise accordingly. For example, giclée and photographic prints tend to work well with a traditional window mount, but silkscreen prints look great when ‘float-mounted’ into a slightly deeper, contemporary box-style frame using a spacer (or fillet) to create a gap between the artwork surface and the glass, giving the image an added depth and creating the illusion that the print is literally floating within the frame.
We use high density, acid-free backing boards to provide protection against knocks to the rear of the frame. Our boards are made from non-recycled wood pulp and are PVA laminated, with the added option of an archival Polyester lining to prevent moisture absorption.
The glazing plays a vital role in protecting your artwork from scratches, dirt and dust.
Our standard glazing includes Museum Glass®, a durable surface that blocks up to 99% of UV rays, and an anti-reflective coating that virtually eliminates reflections, providing amazing clarity.
Alternatively our Bespoke Service can include Optium Museum Acrylic® - a lightweight, anti-reflective, anti-static, shatterproof and abrasion resistant, clear coated UV filtering acrylic that provides even greater security than traditional glazing.
Conservation Grade UV Protection
Optium Museum Acrylic® meets rigorous Standards. Durable and strong, Optium is produced using a patented Tru-Vue technology. A magnetron-sputtered anti-reflective, anti-static coating is bonded to an abrasion resistant, UV filtering acrylic sheet at an atomic level. This ensures long-lasting protection that doesn't oxidize and degrade over time.
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