Box Framing a Ceramic Bowl

Three-dimensional objects come in all shapes and sizes. Each item requires a unique framing solution to ensure it remains undamaged and is firmly secured. Use of the correct framing materials is important to achieve a quality finish and creative mounting can also be employed to showcase the artefact.

Here Mal Reynolds GCF Adv. of Harlequin Frames takes you step by step through the process of framing a Clarice Cliff style ceramic bowl. In addition to offering his handy tips to ensure a perfect box frame, he’ll demonstrate some clever finishing touches to inspire you to upsell and wow your customers with a creative framing solution to display their own artefacts. 

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Framing of a Military Cross Awarded to Cameron H McIntosh


Cameron H McIntosh was awarded the Military Cross on 2nd March 1917.

At the time of WWI the MC was second only to the Victoria Cross in terms of gallantry and was awarded to officers.  With the introduction of the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in 1993 the MC became the third-level military decoration and was eligible for award to other ranks of the British Armed Forces.  The MC is granted in recognition of "an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land to all members, of any rank in Our Armed Forces". In 1979, the Queen approved a proposal that a number of awards, including the Military Cross, could be awarded posthumously.

The decoration comprises a silver cross with straight arms with the Royal Cypher in centre, the  obverse is plain. The ribbon is central stripe of deep purple flanked by equally sized stripes of white.


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Sizing is a complex subject and sizing agents are an important group of chemicals added during the manufacture of paper and in our case, as framers, mountboard. Sizing agents are added during manufacture to most papers in order to optimise paper quality, dimensional stability, reduced water absorption and improve abrasion resistance.

In some case the degree of sizing can affect the the laying down of ruled lines and wash panels.

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Normal Conditions

The Guild’s Framing Standards suggest that Museum and Conservation framed artwork offer protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids from framing materials for up to 35 and 20 years respectively under  Normal Conditions.

But what are the Normal Conditions  and how are they defined?

Normal Conditions  - are based around three environmental factors: sunlight, temperature and relative humidity.

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