Hockey and other Jersey Memorabilia Framing!

What you should know about your hockey and sport memorabilia prior to getting it framed!

If your hockey jersey or other sport memorabilia is not framed properly – THEY COULD BECOME DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR! However, framed properly with great design, they can increase in value, and your investment doubles as you get to re-live the excitement of the sport each and every day – even in the off-season!

BEFORE YOU BRING YOUR JERSEY & COLLECTIBLES IN to a frame shop, there are a few things you should know, and a few pieces of advice may prevent you from damaging your items. At the very least, these hints will help you in the future.

WHAT IS IT WORTH?
1. We get asked all the time! While there are appraisals out there, because most signed memorabilia is not a commodity, their monetary value is entirely based on finding the right person and establishing how much they would be willing to spend. However, the true value would ultimately be how much excitement it brings to you while it is on YOUR WALL!

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TAKING CARE of YOUR JERSEY:
1. No matter how long you have had possession, now is the time to make sure they are packaged & stored well, even if you are transporting them soon.
2. Store your jersey in a sealed plastic container – preferably a black uv protected garment bag.
3. Don’t ever bunch it up in a ball (common guys!) – if you have to get it small, carefully fold it evenly all around. If it is folded for long – you may never get the wrinkles out! It is best to frame it as soon as possible.
4. Keep it as clean as possible – don’t handle with dirty or greasy hands.
5. Don’t wear the jersey – it WILL get stained! Seen it way too many times.

JERSEY CONDITION:
Jerseys come in all conditions, even if they are brand new. The logos & numbers are laid out by hand, and are never exactly straight or centered. We do our best to point these things out in the consultation process but they usually are not visible until during mounting

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CLEANING:
If you have stains on your (non-game worn) signed jersey we highly recommend spot cleaning the stain only. We don’t recommend washing the entire jersey.

OTHER MEMORABILIA:
Jerseys look best with other related memorabilia in the same frame. If you don’t have the right additions or would like some ideas, we can help you as we have access to many reputable authentic sport memorabilia dealers.

FRAMING CHOICES:
1. The experienced staff at The Framing Nook will assist you with making all the right choices in framing your memorabilia to both protect and display it nicely.
2. We use only quality materials that protect your jersey from discoloring, fading or worse. We pin your jersey so it is entirely reversible – no glue or cardboard any where near it!

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Framing a Wood Carving for the Grandchildren

A lot of work going in the Grand-children’s gifts!

Jim from Red Deer is an artist for sure! He spends a lot of time designing and carving each detail in the wood carvings he makes for his grandchildren. Having their name as a focal point with surrounding design that draws attention to it, he creates a gift that is cherished today and will certainly be in the future. What a great investment of time. Knowing how much a difference good framing makes, Jim brought the artwork in to The Framing Nook and together we meticulously chose framing components that accentuate the character of his artwork, without distractions. The top matting co-ordinates nicely with the main colour of the wood and brings out it’s warm character; the bottom matte reveal adds interest with a little contrast, drawing out the shadows and inevitably the depth of each depression in the art; and the frame is nicely offset from the carving with broad matte borders, itself being a high-quality exotic natural-wood product to maintain the ‘down to earth’ quality of the gift.

Jim says: “My Granddaughter loved the piece and shows it off whenever someone new comes to visit their place.”, giving us a 5-star google review with the comment: “Awesome and professional work. Great taste in how to exhibit? my art work. Pricey but worth it!”

I think it is awesome that people give gifts that are hand made – gifts that will last forever! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part in quality gifts for your family.

     

Barnwood Frames built by Custom Framer!

Recycled Lumber Takes a lot of Work to be Beautiful. 10 – steps in total!!!

Here are some images of all the work that goes into setting up some Lengths of Barnwood Material and corner samples that eventually go into a custom barnwood frame for your artwork or memorabilia.

First of all, we need to find a farmer willing to part with his material, and give us permission to go in and collect what we can use. The material needs to be fairly straight, solid, and without any rot or major staining. We mostly use the thicker 2×8 material from fence rails as this gives us three good edges on the final frame that don’t need any painting – that way you get all exposed edges of your frame showing real barnwood (no cut edges showing). It takes up a lot of material!
Third, all the nails need to be removed and we cut around all the bad spots, irreparable splits, holes etc.

Fourth, we need to cut the strips to size, often two per piece of lumber obtained.
Fifth, a rabbet has to be cut which can be done in either one or two steps. We make around 5 different profiles to accommodate different width moulding and the various heights.
Six, the lengths of moulding material need to be cleaned and brushed down and sprayed with a clear lacquer which prevents any further fading or staining, and limits flaking.

Seven, some of the pieces may need clamping and gluing of any splits or other repairs.
Eight, Sort the pieces according to colour (around 4-6 colours) and profiles.
Nine, make up corner samples to show the clients so they can see what looks best come time to design the framing package, price them out and also enter them into our POS.
Finally, Ten, Stack the samples according to sample number.