Picture framers make frames of all types and sizes and mount and display decorative items such as paintings, prints, etchings, tapestries and photographs.
Duties & Tasks
Picture framers may perform the following tasks:talk to customers about the style, size, materials and cost of their framing requirementshelp customers to understand the colours, design and layout of framesassess the value and physical condition of artwork to decide the level of framing requiredorder the materials needed and maintain accountscut frame pieces to size and prepare joints for cornersjoin the frame with nails, glue or dowels and sand lightlymould and glue ornamental parts into the frame if requiredvarnish, stain or paint the framemount backing materials and the item for framingcut glass to sizefit items to ready-made framesrefer to specialists such as conservators to assess the physical condition of artworkassist in the preservation of historic artwork.
Picture framers use a variety of tools, including power tools, saws and pneumatic staplers and nailers. Specialist framers use the crafts of wood machining, wood finishing, French-polishing, cabinet making, woodcarving and gilding.
- enjoy practical and manual activities good interpersonal skills interested in the history and value of artwork aptitude for design appreciation of changing trends in colours and materials able to work neatly and accurately good hand-eye coordination.