Anatomy of a Picture Frame

Picture frames are assembled from 3 main components:-

Moulding – the frame itself. Can be made from wood and metal and even sometimes plastic!

Mount (sometimes referred to as ‘mat’) – the ‘border’ cut from special card (mountboard) to add to the look of the artwork.

  • standard mount 1.6 mm (acid free & PH neutral) – large number of  colours
  • conservation mount (acid free & bleed proof) – limited number of colours
  • museum mount (100% cotton rag) – very limited colour choice
  • double thickness mount card ~ 2mm-3mm – limited colours

Glass – Protects your artwork from the elements. There are numerous types of glass available including but not limited to:

  • Standard 2mm float
  • non reflective glass (etched)
  • anti – reflective glass (treated)
  • UV filter glass
  • plastic glazing
  • museum glass (a combination of UV filter and anti – reflective)

Some types of work, like oil paintings, may not require glazing at all.


The components that make up a picture frame are discussed individually, to give you the information you need to choose the correct frame.




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