Hand Finished Frames

We stock a range of hand finished, profiles and offer gilded and painted finishes, some of which are displayed below. After helping you to choose a moulding and one of finishes, our Colourist will match the frame to suit your picture. Our finishes range from simple waxing effects to gilded and painted looks. Please click on any image to explore the frame in more detail.

Gesso and paint

Layers of white gesso is applied then sanded to leave a smooth surface covering the entire profile, welding and hiding the mitred joints. Emulsion paints are then layered to suit your painting and protected with a neutral wax.

Creative Picture Framing

Lime Wax

To tone down the warmth of natural woods we use a Liming wax. Applied in either white or grey, colour temperatures can match the artwork. By painting the sight edge you can create a dramatic finish which is fairly inexpensive.

Gilded box profile

Gilded Box

This box is best for oils on deep stretcher bars which would stick out the back of most profiles. This method uses a subframe to hold the canvas flush with the top of the box with a 1/4 inch gutter around the edge of the canvas.

Small Gilded Profile

Gilded small profile

Suitable for small oils on board, this is a 1 inch swept moulding, a beaded sight edge and convex face. Layers of gesso are applied then coated with a coloured bole to leave a smooth surface to which the gold leaf is applied. The gold can be distressed to match the period of the painting.

Painted box frame

Painted Box

Colours taken from the Farrow & Ball range are painted directly onto the wood and sealed with a natural wax. The grain can be seen through the paint. Ideal for matching discontinued frames at an inexpensive price.