Q: What is a fillet? When  do I need one?

A: A fillet is actually a very small piece of molding that fits up underneath a mat to give the image depth. It is a wonderful addition to both traditional and contemporary art and can be used in conjunction with other mats and can even be added to the inside of the actual frame to give the look another dimension.


Q: I have a painting that  I want to look finished  but not necessarily framed, ideas?

A: Paintings on canvas are often framed with a floater frame. This is a great way to give your art a finished look without being overdone. The painting sits in the frame such that none of the image is covered up.


Q: In what instances can you repair an existing frame?

A: If you have a frame that is coming apart at the corners it is usually not a problem to put them back together. Your framer will have to see it first to make sure that it fits in their vice and that it is made of wood and not polystyrene.


Q: Hanging art: hooks,  nails or wire?

A: Most pieces of framed artwork that have wire on the back can be hung with a picture hanger. If the piece is too heavy (about 50 pounds or more) we suggest that it be hung without wire. Putting buckles on the back and hung by two separate picture hangers will keep a heavy piece from falling off the wall.


Q: What can I do if framed art under glass is slipping, rippling or fading?

A: With the humidity in this area an image that has been dry mounted may occasionally ripple. This will not damage the piece and can usually be fixed by heating it in the dry mounting press for a few minutes. If an original or collectible piece ripples then that means that it has been framed correctly! You never want to glue or permanently adhere to an original. The ripples are part of the authenticity of the work.


Q: What are some metallics that aren’t silver or gold?

A: Pewter or champagne-colored moldings are great colors to use when you have both silver and gold accessories. These molding colors work with both.


Q: What are some tips for framing art on paper?

A: Posters, photography and unlimited images on thin paper need to be dry-mounted to keep them from wrinkling or rippling. With original works on paper you never want to dry mount them. They need conservation framing which means using all acid-free materials and small amounts of linen tape that hold the piece in the frame without compromising the work’s integrity.

Our expert:

Amanda Bennett


Bennetts’ Frame & Art Gallery