Splatt Art offers a professional framing service. Established in 1994, we produce frames for clients in both the domestic and business sector with the view that large or small, both deserve the same level of customer care and commitment.
Locally, we offer a home selection service. With our sample and mountboard range, we can advise and assist the customer in selecting a frame and mount, making sure they suit the room where the picture will hang.
For the business sector, we have provided a framing service to Shell Oils UK, Toyota, The Blood Products Laboratory, Diageo, The Covent Garden Opera House and BBC Heritage Department.
In addition to our bespoke framing service, we are currently building a mail order department for the business. At present we offer fire screens but have other products in the pipeline such as Splatt Frames and Equi-frames.
Most artworks benefit from being isolated from their surroundings, framing a picture will produce this effect and display the item as a separate entity. The frame will also provide protection against damage caused by dust, insects and fluctuations in temperature and humidity. All these factors can cause permanent damage to the original artwork, which in many cases is irreversible. For items of financial and sentimental value, the use of conservation and museum mountboard can provide additional protection, whilst specialist UV glass will minimise the damage caused by daylight and fluorescent lighting.
At Splatt Art we set a very high standard with regards the finished frame. We use only the highest quality materials for each category of standard, conservation and museum framing. From posters to valuable artwork, the materials we use for a particular frame will depend on the type and value of the item in question and the budget available. A customer with a poster will, in most cases, wish to keep the expense to a minimum, whereas, a customer with a limited edition print or original artwork should consider having the item framed to conservation standard to protect their investment. Museum standard is used for framing items of high value and historical importance, which need to be preserved for future generations.
The majority of our work utilises conservation quality materials and techniques. In this area of framing, all the processes are fully reversible unless the customer specifically requests otherwise.
We can advise you on the standard you should consider for your item whether a poster, photograph, tapestry, watercolour or football shirt!
All our frames are finished to a high standard, with sealed backs, brass hangers and cord, or chain where required.
If you gave the same picture to six different framers, they would more than likely choose six different ways to frame it! We can offer our experience to aid you in choosing a frame but ultimately it is destined for your wall not ours. Our aim is for you to be extremely happy with the finished result, and for us to be content with our advisory role in the technical side to framing.
When choosing a moulding it is important that it is suitable for the item being framed. There are a number of elements that make up the 'sandwich' which sits in the moulding rebate. The trend towards the use of double and triple mounts, slip mounts and papered bevels add to the thickness of the sandwich and mean some mouldings are unsuitable.
Very large pictures may look great in a thin moulding, but problems can occur with attaching hangers substantial enough to take the weight of the finished frame. Tapestries and other types of needlepoint ideally require a moulding, which will allow all the elements to fit safely into the rebate, few mouldings have a deep enough rebate and so a box frame is used to provide the extra depth. If the depth is insufficient, the back of the frame will bulge, putting the backing board and frame under undue stress.
Football shirts, 3-D objects and 'floating pictures' also require a deep rebated moulding or box frame.
The mountboard has two functions, firstly to distance the artwork from the glass and secondly to enhance the picture. Photographs can stick to the glass if in direct contact, causing irreversible damage. Temperature fluctuations can cause paper artwork to cockle.
There are three main types of mountboard available, standard, conservation and museum, each having its own merits depending on the amount of protection you wish to afford your artwork. Over a period of time the combination of light and natural acids within the cheaper mountboard can cause irreversible damage, which may not be a problem if the artwork has no financial or sentimental value. This potential damage must be considered when framing. This effect is visible in the bevel of the mount, it will change colour and turn brown if it has a high-acid content.
These are supplied ready to cut to the required size. We aim to carry a range to suit most needs, but if you browse through one of our catalogues and see one you prefer, we can arrange for a sample for your approval.
These include ash, oak, beech, cherry, pine etc. These 'raw' mouldings can be simply sanded, sealed and waxed or alternatively, stained to a colour of your choice. Other finishes can be applied, for example, liming wax and we hope to offer 'crackle' finishes in the near future. We can supply 'raw' frames to your dimensions, for you to finish with one of the many products available at the DIY shops.
These mouldings are 'cut-to-size' by our supplier and are available in a range of profiles and colours. Our main use of these mouldings has been in the framing of photographic prints for offices, they give a crisp, clean finish.
We use float glass to meet most of our framing needs, where the subject contains large dark areas, non-reflective glass should be considered. In addition to these glasses there are speciality-glazing products available for filtering Ultra Violet, Reflection Control and Image enhancing. These products are expensive, but if you have invested in artwork, you need to protect that investment. For museum framing, UV glass must be used.
Ultra violet can be very damaging to artwork, for example, watercolours. It can cause fading and discolouration over a period of time, damage that is irreversible. Valuable pictures should never be hung in direct sunlight and wherever possible the light levels should be kept to a minimum, the lighter the room in which the picture hangs, the faster the deterioration. Daylight is the most damaging, with fluorescent lighting also emitting a high amount of light in the UV range, tungsten lighting in comparison emits around 4% of its light in the UV range. Filtration glass screens out more than 90% of the harmful rays, which will slow the damaging effect and which when used in conjunction with careful lighting, will provide the most stable environment for the artwork. This type of glass is available in clear and reflection control. Museum glass has a low reflectance optical coating plus a UV filter, this glass has good light transmission properties allowing the artwork to be viewed in lower light levels.
One side of this glass is very finely etched; it is ideal for controlling reflection in harsh lighting conditions.
Perfect Vue is a finely etched glass with a low reflectance coating; Denglass Waterwhite has a low reflectance optical coating and low-iron glass substrate resulting in zero colour shift. Waterwhite float is the same as Denglas but without the optical coating. All the above offer good light transmission.
A selection of different picture frame styles in our gallery, including football shirts, multi-aperture, embroidery, fossils, shadow mounts and aluminium frames.
At present, these are available in the frames and fabric shown. We will be expanding the fabric range in the near future.
The size of the fire screen including the feet is approx. 52cm x 67cm, but they can be made to your own specifications. If you prefer not to have glass, the material can be scotchguarded for protection.
Fire screens £65 plus p+p
E-mail us for a more detailed image or for a quote based on your own specifications.
We can make a screen using your own fabric, this could be a remnant from curtain material or a piece bought especially for this purpose. For our standard frame 52cm x 67cm, the minimum size we require is 50cm x 60cm, again we can make the screens to your own specifications but the material size will need to be adjusted accordingly. If you prefer not to have glass the material can be scotch guarded with your consent.
We can also turn items of needlework into a screen. We appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into producing a piece of cross-stitch, crewel or quilting, we use top quality materials and acid-free boards to protect your work and provide a stable environment.
We can supply mirrors made from a moulding of your choice or from a selection of swept frames. Swept frames are ready made and some styles are particularly suited to mirrors.
Bevel-edged mirrors come in set sizes as detailed below. The width of the moulding has to be added to the dimensions of the mirror, so a 20" x 30" mirror with a 3" surround, will have a finished size of 26" x 36".
Plain mirror glass can be cut to size, useful if you want a square one. All our mirrors are finished to a high standard, with sealed backs, brass hangers or mirror chain where required.
All silvered float is to current European standards. E-mail us with your preferences and we can send images of mouldings we hope will be suitable. At present we can only produce mirrors for the local market.
Tel: 01249 812043