Welcome to Dragonfly Framing, Bicester
Looking for a quality finish, attention to detail, assured great customer service and lots of free advice?
At Dragonfly Framing I offer all of these to my customers and so much more. I undertake many different framing projects both big and small, and aim to achieve a highly aesthetically pleasing result that you will be fully satisfied with.
As a small independent picture framing studio in Bicester I offer a very personalised, high quality service, I'm passionate about it! Quality underpins everything I do from the best materials to the final presentation of the finished framed masterpiece.
I cater for private clients, artists, photographers and small business owners in North Oxfordshire. I believe that even if what you have framed is of great sentimental value or has a high price tag, I'll treat it with the same respect.
I use conservation standard framing processes and materials that are advised by the Fine Art Trade Guild for art, memorabilia and photographs that you wish to preserve for future generations. Whilst this may cost a little more, the use of certified grade materials ensures that it’ll last many years to come. To find out more about the standard you may require for your artwork or limited edition print click here
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My services include:
Bespoke Picture Framing
Framing your pictures at my Bicester studio
I offer a friendly and welcoming Bespoke Framing Service to Fine Art Trade Guild commended and conservation standard for your art, photography, embroidery, memorabilia and and just about anything else, within reasonable limits of course! For items that are valuable to you, whether precious sentimental pieces or just worth a lot, we use certified conservation materials that'll protect them into the future. There are thousands of frame types to choose from and I get regular deliveries so they are available when required. I build your frame by hand to order so it'll fit perfectly into your home or office.
This is an important part of the framing I do at Dragonfly Framing. Whether it's of historical importance or a cherished keepsake, the materials and techniqes used are the key to the conservation of these precious objects. The techniques used must conform to strict standards and be full reversible so that if in 20 years the items is removed from its frame it would be in same condition it was in when it was framed. The materials used are pH neutral and made from higher quality raw materials, thus helping to conserve the garments or objects within the frame.
Many options are available from double mounts, multi-window displays, even the addition of brass plaques and photographs and UV protection glass. This can greatly enhance your story within the frame and using the finest materials preserve your precious objects for years to come.
Creative mount cutting
Precision cut mounts using top quality technology creating simple and more complex designs, on a wide range of high quality mountboards. I have invested in an advanced computerised mount cutter to obtain the perfect cut and finish every time. I offer a wide range of mountboards in different thicknesses and colours and with my complimentary consultation it will ensure the end result is right for the final hanging space. Precision cuts allow me to add multiple mountboard layers to add depth or help focus the viewer's eye on the subject. I also offer some great additional services for your mount such as debossing, drawing, 'V' groves, lines and fancy corners! Lets discuss your ideas.
- Create mounts to exact requirements in the finest conservation mountboard.
- Produce precision multi-layer & multi opening mounts.
- Add creative corners and or V groves to further enhance your finished frame.
- Create repeat mounts at exact sizes, just let us know when you require more.
- Re-mount your older pictures that are faded, mouldy or been damaged with fresh, clean & creative new mounts.
- Add unique finishing touches to your mount that'll be the talk of the town.
- Finish your mounted artwork with a carefully chosen frame and glass.
There are so many other possibilities, too many to list, and I'll be happy to discuss your needs, whether for an event, wedding, party or occasion.
Specialist Framing Glass
Specialist Picture Glass
Glass can transform the end result and can make or break the finish of a framed picture.
Picture Framing Glass was not created equal. To keep it simple lets split glass in to four groups, Traditional, Affordable Clarity, Minimum Conservation and Clarity Conservation.
Today's 'Float Glass' is great quality compared to days of old, but is a simple 2mm sheet of clear glazing that offers a minimum protection against dust and dirt.
Glass in this group offers more protection against harmful UV light than traditional float glass. It has a UV coating that removes 70% of harmful UV light reducing fading, and an anti-reflective coating which has properties that enhance the visual appearance of the framed subject.
Although without an anti-reflective coating this glass has a very effective 99% UV protection coating that meets conservation standards. It's an affordable option for those pictures and paintings most at risk of exposure to harmful UV light.
This glass you get the full protective qualities with a 99% UV coating but also utiliises an great anti-relective coating as well. This means it meets both conservation standards and visual clarity expectations you'd expect from this premium product.
Choosing your glass
Standard framing uses 2mm float glass for those on a budget, however, on the most part I choose to use TueVue glass to glaze with, this enhances the overall outcome and used extensively in conservation and museum level framing. For valued artwork, photographs and textiles that require the very best UV protection and anti-reflection that will help to protect those precious pieces for years to come museum glass is highly recommended.
For pictures over 1m square laminated or thicker glass is recommended.
Canvases and Canvas Stretching
Made to measure for your canvas, stretcher bars are cut to order. I continue the process offering additional framing options too.
I cut stretcher bars to the required size using several different depths specially designed to hold the canvas. Stretcher bars can be held in place by our standard corner wedge or a more sophisticated 'arrow head' design (enabling re-stretching at a later date should it be required).
Canvases can be gallery wrapped (so that the image covers both the sides and front) or wrapped with white canvas on the sides. Once stretched we can frame with either a stunning float frame or a more traditional frame or simply leave as a contempory gallery wrap, whatever suits!
The addition of an L frame, also known as a tray frame, enhances the finished look and feel and final touches such as a breathable paper dust cover to the rear ensure ingress of dust & insects is minimised.
Textiles and Embroidery
Tapestry, cross-stitch and embroidery are frequent items presented at the studio and need special treatment to ensure they are kept clean, are supported and squared appropriately ahead of framing. Conservation materials should be selected for valuable or historic pieces to ensure they are preserved into the future.
I never use glue when framing textiles as this has detrimental effects on the fabric over time and can ruin valuable pieces beyond repair.
Picture Frame Refurbisment
Refurbish Existing Art
If you have a framed image that needs re-glazing, re-mounting or removal of bugs, I can find a suitable glass or acrylic, cut a replacement mount to the exact size required and fit it for you and give it a good clean. This can revitalise and transform much loved pictures so you can enjoy them for years to come.
We also stock a small selection of bevelled mirrors from 406mm x 303 mm (16” x 12”) in size, that we can frame to suit your interior design.
I frame pictures for customers from Bicester, Oxford, Bletchingdon, Kidlington, Broughton, Buckingham, Banbury, Croughton, High Wycombe & Middle Aston, even Birmingham and London..