Picture framers make frames of all types and sizes and mount and display decorative items such as paintings, prints, etchings, tapestries and photographs.
Personal requirements of a Picture Framer
- 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.
Duties & Tasks of a Picture Framer
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.
Working conditions for a Picture Framer
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.