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 requirements
help customers to understand the colours, design and layout of frames
assess the value and physical condition of artwork to decide the level of framing required
order the materials needed and maintain accounts
cut frame pieces to size and prepare joints for corners
join the frame with nails, glue or dowels and sand lightly
mould and glue ornamental parts into the frame if required
varnish, stain or paint the frame
mount backing materials and the item for framing
cut glass to size
fit items to ready-made frames
refer to specialists such as conservators to assess the physical condition of artwork
assist 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.