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Petersfield Framing Studios
Unit 4A
Buriton Business Park
Petersfield, Hants
GU32 3NJ

Case Studies Petersfield Framing Studio

On this page we show you some interesting work done by us.

I have framed Indonesian shadow puppets before but they were not as large as this pair and they were made of paper. This made them extremley fragile and they needed supporting in far more places. These puppets were of a higher quality with a solid stick from both arms and the main body of each puppet. They were also primarily made of leather. It was decided that the best way to frame these puppets would be to place them onto black mount board and use a deep gold box frame to match the tones in the puppets. Here the puppets are laid onto the black mount board and they are secured in place with thread.

As with any picture framing project, conservation was of primary concern. The idea of any conservation project is that you could in theory (and if it was ever required) return the puppets to their original state before framing. Therefore the puppets were only threaded around the strongest areas of the sticks on the puppets. No glues or tapes should ever be used.  If the Indonesian puppets were ever to be taken out of the frames the owner could simply cut the thread at the back of the mount board and the puppets could again perform their shadow dances.

Once the puppets were secured to the background they were framed using a deep gold frame. The glass was kept away from the puppets with a slip moulding the same colour as the backing board. The contrast with black on gold helps to emphasise the colourful nature of the puppets.

Gold does not always work as a frame choice but here the subject matter really suits that colour albeit a toned down version. Indonesian shadow puppets are better known as Wayang kulit in Indonesia. Incidentally the story of the puppets is an interesting one and is provided here:

There lived a king named Dasaratha of Ayodhya. He loved his three sons, Rama, Lesmana and Bharata. His rightful heir was Rama but the Queen who was not Rama’s mother interfered reminding the king that when he was dying in the battlefield, it was the Queen who nurtured and saved his life. In return, King Dasaratha would grant her wishes. The Queen wanted her son, Bharata to be king and wanted Rama to banish for 14 years. The King died. Rama honored his promise and left the kingdom. Rama and his wife Sita faced many challenges. 

The pivotal challenge in Rama’s life was when Ravana, the demon king of Longka, kidnapped Sita. Hanuman, the monkey general, helped Rama find Sita. Hanuman and Rama found their way to Ravana. Hanuman fought with Ravana’s soldier. Rama killed Ravana and saved Sita. After Rama’s exile, he and Sita went back to Ayodhya where he ruled for many years.


This job involved framing 16 hand-made tiles for a present for the customer's partner. The tiles were all designed and made by the customer. When the kilning stage was complete they were arranged in a suitable order to try to represent similar colours and styles along the diagonal lines of the finished layout (similar to a chess board effect). The frame used was a hand painted ramin wood moulding which is solid enough to support the weight of the tiles. The backing board used was a simple textured white board significantly strengthened to hold the tiles in place. A very clever effect created by the customer and hopefully a successful present!



This multiple aperture project is a collection of souvenirs from a cricket game where the customer me the former England cricketer Alex Stewart. The photograph has been made into a jigsaw puzzle but the puzzle consists of specially shaped pieces from thr game of cricket. There is also the ticket the hand sign waved by the crowd when a batsman scores a six. This was signed by Alex Stewart.



The jigsaw neede to be dry mounted onto thicker card so that the pieces would not move in the frame. Also there was a size restriction for the finished outside size of the picture as the space on the wall where it would eventually hang was very restricted. Therefore particular attention had to be paid to the arithmetic at the measuring stage. The term "measure it twice and cut it once" comes in very useful! Something very important to note here is that the hand sign needed to be cut down in order to fit into the limited frame size required. This is always done with the customer's agreement prior to cutting anything down and is an extremley important feature to point out to the customer.  



Once the measurements were checked the frame and mount can be cut to size. Perhaps the most difficult part of this type of framing project is to make the finished frame look correct. THis is acheived with a lot of input from the customer at the beginning of the project to make sure they are going to like the finished effect. Also knowing what will look effective and visually satisfying through experience is similarly important.



 The finished frame provides a compact showcase of a very precious day out to remember.

This was a favourite toy of a customer and needed to be preserved in a display case style frame with the added protection of the figure being kept behind glass. Choice of materials for any picture framing project is always a very important consideration and this job was no different. It was felt that the figure should be on a green background and this colour should also line the sides of the frame.

The frame used is a very deep profile extruded from ash. The moulding is not an off the shelf product so the profile has to be specially ordered and routed by a local wood merchants.

The wood is actually so deep that several adjustments have to be made to our normal cutting and assembly machines so that the wood could be mitred and joined successfully.

Once the frame is made the figure could be attached to the dark green backing mount board ready to fit the frame.


The customer wanted the figure to stay in the frame for the foreseeable future. However, future generations may wish to take the Action Man from the frame and so however the figure is fitted into the frame this is something that has to be reversible. This is known as a "conservation technique" in that at any time the figure could in theory be fairly easily removed from the frame and placed back in the original box, or simply played with if so desired. This could not be achieved if the Action Man had been permanently fixed into the frame say with glue for example. So the figure was simply stitched to the backing of the frame but care was taken to ensure that the stitch work was carefully hidden under his camouflage. The end result was very well received by the customer and the toy is thus preserved for future generations. 


As an example of some of our work, here is a recent picture that was framed by the Petersfield Framing Studios. The picture is an oil painting of the South Downs painted on two 4 foot by 4 foot panels.

The customer requested that the oils should be framed together as one picture in one frame. However the problem was the join; should this be showing or should it be somehow disguised? The picture was to hang in an office reception area and so after quite a heated debate among the staff it was agreed that the join should be covered. This was achieved using the narrowest batten available which was around a half an inch in width. This ensured that the barest minimum was covered of the picture edges. Also the batten was made out of the same wood as the frame (ramin) to ensure that it was as unobtrusive as possible. The frame was reinforced in the corners to help support the weight of the two boards the scene was painted on.

I am sure you will agree the effect is a stunning view of one of the most beautiful areas of Southern England and a real pleasure to frame.