Good choice of
new special frame styles in any size with a choice of finish -
frames in all price ranges!
Frame styles at
the shop counter - we have almost 1,000 of the best you can view
Custom Made Frames
Framing in three
easy steps: Bring in your
picture - choose a frame (plenty of advice and help if you need
it) - Leave the rest to us!
There is a big difference between
buying a frame, and having something framed!
If we frame your picture or photo or artwork, we will always use
suitable materials. In almost all frames it is very important to
avoid acidity - think of the frame as an "acid free zone". Old
fashioned backing materials have their place, but the majority
of our work is now finished with the latest materials and with
up-to-date know how. (hardboard and MDF are old hat if you want
to preserve your art these days!) We only offer fully acid
free or conservation mounts and materials in framing orders we
take over the shop counter. The Art-Bak backing boards we use
are acid free, so our frames preserve your pictures,
photos or artwork, as well as presenting them to their best.
Its a no-brainer really. For strenghth and shipping all
our online frames are supplied with rigid MDF backing. We
recommend an acid free liner (backing) with mounts to protect
your artwork. These are standard with our custom framing in the
shop, optional with online framing.
much does a frame cost?
For an average straightforward
frame its surprisingly reasonable, specially when you consider the work
and time that goes into your frame, and the machinery and expertise
involved in doing the job properly.
can own a unique bespoke item, made specially. If budget is an
issue we can always find alternatives, or you can choose from our ready
High-tech Framing equipment
Our first Wizard CMC (Computerized
mount cutter) was ordered in 2005 and it was the first in
Cornwall, and one of only a handful in the UK and Europe.
One day every quality picture framer will be using one of
these... we also offer a mount cutting service, so if you
just need a mount that's no problem. We stock Arquadia and
it all goes to plan........
We have been framing in
Penzance since 1994. Starting at Trereife Park, then
from a unit in the old Bateman's market,
our first shop opened in 1994 was at 19 Causewayhead, we then spent a year
on Market Jew Street (opposite the Wharfside shopping
centre) before moving up to our present location at1 High Street in
All about us with pictures
you need something framing, or do you simply want to buy a frame?.
We sell frames in many standard sizes, into which you can easily fit
your own artwork, photo, certificate etc. Our main work is the bespoke
We make it easy for you
-If you have never had a picture framed, it can be a bit
daunting walking into some framers shops. There is a
bewildering array of choices and you don't know where to
start, and then its hard to guess what the price will
be until your picture has been measured up. So its always
best to bring your artwork with you! We'll give you a
price there and then. All our pricing is controlled by
Estlite software and not the TSAR system*
*That Seems About Right"
Choice of glazing
glass, styrene, reflection-control, UV blocking, and super-clear
low-iron Waterwhite Glass
Always plenty in
stock - standard sizes. Custom sizes cut for you - square, oval,
Bundles of board!
For crafts etc -
Paint-yourself obeche-wood frames in a range of styles and prices
- made in any size you need
We are Partners in the
L.I.F.E. is the international group of
Local Independent Framing Experts.
To read more about LIFEsm
we are also members of the UK Framers Forum and JGF.
have the latest computer controlled mount cutting equipment,
and framing equipment from the UK, Italy, Denmark and the US, and highly
skilled and experienced framers.
Point of Sale computerised pricing system, BBest®,
gives you the best value or choice, and an instant quote.
Everything is done in-house. Our workshop isn't hidden away.
We can always cut mounts for your own frames or bring in your ready made
frames or measurements for any frames bought from us or elsewhere. Just bring us the frame and we
can also fit your artwork and new mount for a small charge.
We can usually cut you a
piece of picture glass, styrene acrylic or mirror glass while you
wait. (we do not cut "window" glass, but recommend Rays Glass oat
Longrock for all your window glass requirements)
We can also re-glaze or repair most frames. Let us have a
look, we'll tell you if we can help with no obligation - no charge
Whatever your framing needs, do call in and see us. We can usually
help. No hard sell, and advice is free. There is always a framer on
hand for specialist advice.
We are contributors to the Framers
Oracle (Framers Knowledge Base). This is the reference point,
and information base for over 1000 UK and European framers at all
frames made for you are fitted with a liner and dust seals, and come
complete with fittings and cord or wire and are ready to hang. We
will even advise on the best type of picture hook, and supply them if
long to make you frame? We are usually around 7-10 working days, but
if you are in a hurry, let us know and we'll probably be able to help.
Turnaround time goes up when we are busy and down when we are
quieter, and we also have an internet framing and mount cutting side
which is over half of our total business.
Solid Oak and Ash
We make Pine, Obeche, Beech, Tulipwood
(poplar), Lime, Ash and Oak picture
frames as well as our own range of African Obeche "driftwood".
We are currently selling off some long
overdue uncollected orders and oddment frames - if you don't see
what you want in the shop just ask, we have a mountain of frames
out the back!
uncollected orders policy
about conservation glass!
Are your energy saving CFL lamps damaging your artwork?
high-grade picture glass is
manufactured using a coating process
which applies a UV blocking agent to the glass. This coating
blocks 99% of the most damaging
When not blocked, these rays can fade and deteriorate
all types of works of art on paper -from
priceless originals to limited edition prints to photographs.
We also offer a line of
standard glass, anti-reflective glass,
Reflection-Free and Museum Glass which also has the Conservation
Series UV-blocking coating. The optically coated glass products
are the state-of-the-art in picture framing technology. You can
see examples of True-Vue glass, Regular glass, non reflective
glass and styrene acrylic glazing in the shop.
Frame bargains - ready made in standard sizes
Bargain Frames - we always have a lot of Ready-Made-Frames to clear. We make
these up from ends of batches etc when we have the time -
great if you want a quality frame on a budget! Easy to fit
your own pictures or photos, or we can fit for you.