Welded Picture Frames

Combining a thin, elegant frame profile with the strength of welded aluminium and steel. An excellent choice for large artworks requiring a modern asthetic.

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What are Welded Frames?

Welded frames are four pieces of metal profile attached together – just like any other frame. The first welded frame was devised by Robert Kulicke in 1956, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art for use in traveling exhibitions.

Welded frames today are still used as a more robust and sophisticated means of presenting and protecting artwork than their wood counterparts. The difference is that metal frames have a number of key benefits: they can be larger, stronger, and can have narrower faced profiles, making them ultra contemporary in the journey towards ever greater design.

They are particularly useful with acrylic glazing because they allow greater movement for thermal expansion; also the absence of wood lignin makes them a good conservation choice – particularly for photography, as this is alkali sensitive. Welded frames – when completed with skill, look fabulous and minimal – emanating strength and sophisticated simplicity through the raw material.

I started using Art Graphics six years ago. These guys are the best framers in the UK, they focus on my needs and always deliver.
Lincoln Townley
Artist
Materials

Material Options

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Hand Finished Metals

We’ve developed our metalwork extensively recently, with our team now welding both custom aluminium and brass frames to suit a number of different shapes and styles.

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Glass Spacers

Also called 'Fillets', these separate the mount and artwork from the glazing in a box frame. As they're visible, colours and styles can be used to compliment and contrast your artwork.

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Viewing Window

If you have an artist's signature or other important information on the reverse of your artwork, a viewing window can be added so you can appreciate the whole work.

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Acrylic Options

Acrylic is naturally 70% UV resistant, 50% lighter than glass and incredibly tough to break, making it an ideal replacement to glass if preferred. Higher grade acrylic options include full UV resistance, anti-static or anti-reflective coatings.

Standard float glass & Gallery Glass

Glass Options

We offer a UV resistant glass as standard on our frames, with higher grade options to choose from including ‘Gallery Glass’ which has an anti-reflective property to make your artwork sing or glazing with anti-scratch coatings.

Finishes

Welded Frame Finishes

Examples of common welded artwork frame finishes are below...

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Sprayed

Spraying is our most popular finish, with benefits including invisible frame corner joins, a smooth high quality effect and a choice of colours and glosses. It gives contemporary museum quality to any artwork.

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Gesso

A traditional method of preparing a frame surface for paint, gilding or custom finishes. Can be applied to wood, metal and even paper mounts. The craftsmanship and secret recipes involved create a stunning finish that speaks for itself.

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Corten

This unique and beautiful finish is created though a careful chemical reaction on wood and metal. The result is a natural rust which is then sealed with clear lacquer to protect it.

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Gilding

After laying a gesso base, gilding can be applied using leafs of many metals, including gold, silver, bronze, copper & aluminium. This gives you a luxury finish with a huge range of custom styles including patination, scuffing, rub through and burnishing.

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Hand Painted

Your profile can be expertly painted in any colour required to match your artwork or environment. This cost-effective finish can be further enhanced with techniques such as stippling, veiling, patination and distressing.

The framing of my piece has really made a statement in our new home, for a price that was unrivalled by any local competitors.
Alexander Wilson
Individual
Examples

Examples of welding from past projects

Browse 1,634 images from past projects, including many welded picture frame ideas to give inspiration for your next project.

The only museum quality framers we’ve found outside London.
Chris Brooks
Gallery Owner
Suitable For

Is a welded frame right for your artwork?

Welded picture frames are usually made as box frames, so that column has been highlighted for you below.

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They are framers with a truly artistic eye and understand how to compliment artwork with colour, space and the right profile.
Helen Robinson
Artist
Construction

How are Welded Frames Achieved?

As a company, we have spent a lot of time testing how far we can push the boundaries in our strive to get the best version of this product possible. The joining methods are migwelding, tigwelding, and brasing. We mitre and tig-weld the frames in-house, which involves joining the mitred pieces using a softer filler metal that melts at a lower temperature.

Once a good join is achieved, the surface is refined, and the chosen surface finish is applied to the final piece. Metals that we currently work with include aluminium, brass, copper and steel. We have also undertaken a number of circular frames – these are always better executed in metal rather than wood. Check our post for circular metal frames

Surface Finishes for Welded Frames

A welded frame typically has either a brushed, polished, or spray painted finish, depending on what is desired. A brushed result, or ‘dull polished’, is a unidirectional satin finish produced with a grit-belt or polishing wheel and sealed with a proprietory sealer to protect from fingerprinting etc.

Brush finishes are popular in architecture, where the honesty of the metallic lustre is desired. A polished finish requires further fine sanding and polishing to get the bright metallic glow, and then sealing to protect. Both brushed & polished finishes give an authentic, true to the material appearance.

Welded frames can also be spray painted to any colour desired to suit the artwork they are presenting & protecting.

Additionally – the metal frame can have a patination effect applied – please ask for details.

They frame everything for me and I put them down to a big part of my success as an artist and businessman. They have always bent over backwards to help me, they even assist my shows by hanging and delivering my paintings to site.
Lincoln Townley
Artist

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You'll get answers in 24 business hours at the most, and it's usually much faster.
It was the communication from ArtGraphics that really set them apart from the competition. I had a lot of concerns about the framing of a blanket as I knew it was a tricky piece to get right. They talked me through every step of their process.
David Wilson
Individual