Notice - Picture Framing Studio will close for the December holidays at 17:00 on Friday 15 December and we will open again at 09:00 on Monday 8 January 2018

Custom Picture Framing Service

Picture Framing Studio offers a comprehensive Custom Picture Framing Service.

This includes the standard framing of original artworks, prints, photographs and objects. One item or 200?

We make custom picture frames for individuals, artists, photographers, schools, art galleries, banks and many other large coprporations.

Creative Picture Framing requires the creative use of many skills, techniques and materials to produce a final product that is unique. 

Custom framing implies that almost no two orders are identical. We rarely use standard sizes. We measure to your requirements and cut everything to the required size. We keep detailed records of your order and have all the information to replicate your order, even many years later.

See Framing Ideas here.

Click here for a selected popular  range of framing prices.

Quality Standard Picture Frame Mouldings

We have selected only the best wholesalers to supply our framimg materials and mouldings.

We regularly use high quality synthetic mouldings manufactured from compressed polystyrene , Wooden mouldings are manufactured and finished locally from obeche wood. The obeche wood is imported from West Africa and grown sustainably. 

High quality synthetic mouldings have replaced many wooden profiles over the last few years. Synthetic mouldings are suitable for high moisture content areas such as bathrooms and homes at the coast.

For most applications it shouldn't matter if you choose wood or synthetic.

Both will do the job perfectly.

Wood mouldings are still as popular as ever before. The raw and natural profiles are currently the most sought after for a contemporary gallery look.

Aluminium mouldings are manufactured and finished in South Africa.

New aluminium profiles are very narrow and can acheive what wood can't.

Here are links to our selected suppliers.

Supreme Mouldings - Best known for quality Synthetic Mouldings

Serame Mouldings - Best known for quality Wooden Mouldings

Print Design and Mouldings - Best known for quality Aluminium profiles

Quality Standard Framing Materials

We use only the best quality framing materials and finishes.

Our standard backing board is 3mm MDF. Consider the final picture frame as a sandwich of materials all working together to protect and support your artworks. New synthetic mouldings are not as rigid as wooden mouldings. An inferior backing compromises the integrity of the entire structure. Some framers use inferior cardboard box materials. Some are even using used boxes from the local supermarket. These materials have a high acid content, they warp and absorb a lot of moisture. This becomes the perfect place for mould spores to develop and migrate into you art or photographs.

Our standard clear glass is 3mm thick. Some framers are using 2mm glass on very large artworks. We have replaced the broken glass on many artworks where the glass has broken and sliced through valuable artworks.

As an alternative we also use 3mm Clear Acrylic (Perspex) and we can source 2mm and 4mm museum glass. These are the most expensive options and take a lot longer to complete.

We use only high quality framing accessories. Mostly from the AMS brand.  Art Materials Service has been manufacturing high quality, reliable framing accessories since 1976.

We have packaged smaller quantities for your convenience. 

We also offer self adhesive brown paper backing tape, double sided tape, cotton gloves and acid free archival framers tape.

Click here to see more info and accessories.

Gallery Art Wrapping

We wrap your art for presentations or display

This is a very popular, cost effective option for school art and matric students' art.

Printing Service

Just bring us your digital files,photos, or ideas and we do the rest. We print onto photographic paper,canvas, textured watercolour paper, matt poster paper and canvas in various sizes. We are able to do Canvas Stretching in any size. Click here for the printing page.

Canvas Stretching

We stretch canvases on 16mm MDF. Our standard stretcher frame is 40mm wide. It can be laid flat for a 16mm deep stretch or turned to give you a canvas with 40mm deep sides. Click here for canvas stretching prices. 

Glass and Mirrors

We can supply Glass and mirrors in various thicknesses, cut and polished to any size.

A miiror with sharp cut edges is called clean-cut. Sanded edges are rough, but wont cut you. A polished edge is shiny and clear as glass. Glass polished at an angle is called a bevel.

A quality standard mirror is 5mm thick with an optional polished bevel of 32mm wide. 

4mm is suitable for smaller mirrors that  won't warp and give you a distorted reflection. 4mm mirror is not suitable for bevelling.

The thin 3mm mirrors from the supermarkets are not recommended because they warp and distort.

The difference in price is not that much, that you need to compromise on quality.

Picture Frame Mouldings

Picture Frame Accessories

Digital Printing Service

Glass & Mirrors