FRAME OF REFERENCE
Frames come in various styles and designs but most are made of wood, metal, polystyrene or plexiglas. Each material serves its own purpose and highlights artwork in a different way.
A framer must also choose the appropriate matting material, thickness and width. Glazing, as in the glass or acrylic, protects the piece in the frame and comes in a number of grades and options. How to mount the artwork in the frame depends on the type of art, its stability and its eventual location.
Once the artwork, frame, matting, glazing and mounting are all assembled to best highlight the piece, a framer adds finishing touches like the protective dust cover, and hanging hardware.