This page is a case sample study of why all shirt framing is not equal and what may be hidden behind all the 'glitz' of your treasured newly framed shirt
We have many people coming to us to re-frame all types of sports shirts, and to be honest we are often shocked as to what we find when dismantling the pre framed shirts. Here on this page we are going to show a single example of what we come across worryingly regularly.
Well we began to carefully dismantle this framed shirt, which initself on the face of it appeared ok, although what lay behind was certainly NOT! Here is what we found.
To start off with the shadow box,(the bit which keeps the framed shirt away from the glazing) in which the shirt lay was constructed with what appeared to be foamcard, and poorly constructed at that. See pictures below. (Click to enlarge)
The shirt looked like this in the shadow box. First of all far too over stretched on the forma (the forma is the bit inside that can give a shirt it's shape). Secondly the shirt was all screwed up at the back and unnecesssarily attached which means - holes holes, more holes and holes, along with holes and more holes in the shirt. NOT GOOD!
We dismantled the frame and managed to remove the shadow box (which fell apart to be honest) and get to the shirt, and then the tricky bit began - removal of the actual shirt without adding to the damage that had already been done. We noted holes in the shirt which was a result over over zealous attachment. Pictured below. (Click to enlarge)
We noted how the shirt had been attached, and judging by the forma (the bit inside the shirt, generally mountcard which gives the shirt the shape) it looked as though it had been 'machine gunned'..!! (Click to enlarge)
On removal of the shirt forma (the inside bit, generally mountcard) it was found it had been cut very crooked indeed, with no seeming care to the cutting placed. Looks like blunt scissors had been used. Third picture set against a lighter background to accentuate. As pictured. (Click to enlarge)
Ok. A reminder of how the framed shirt looked to the customer. Take note of the three pictures to the bottom of the shirt.
The pictures with the shirt look ok - don't they?
Now these pictures included with this framed shirt may be extremely valuable in themselves - for example they may have been signed by your favourite player and thus be worth a few bob? Yes? You want them to be taken care of? Yes?
Well take a look at the shocking way they were attached by the previous 'framer'. Take note of the little thought or care that went into attaching them as pictured below.
We see a lot of poor work, although this 'work' really 'takes the biscuit' - It is not often we see such shoddy work. The pictures seemed to be attached with car masking tape,having no real thought to neat nor skilful nor careful attachment. Whoever framed this shirt and attached these pictures seemed to not care one jot, thus bringing the art of skilful picture framing into disrepute, as we are sure you will agree?
The moral to this case study is if you want your shirt properly and correctly framed ALWAYS ask the framer what they intend to do - QUIZ the framer, QUESTION the framer, INTERROGATE the framer. A genuine professional framer WILL NOT MIND THIS - and will not take such questioning personally.
Here at Discount Football Shirt Framing from The Picture Framing Centre Blackpool we are more than happy to guide you through the framing process, answering any questions you may have, along with showing you examples of our work. We are probably the ONLY specialist memorabilia framing company that INVITES you to take our work apart and scrutinise.
Our email team is available to answer any questions outside normal hours from 12 noon to 12 midnight weekdays. Contact us today
We thank you for reading this case study and look forward to working with you on your framing project
*The shirt featured in this case study can, (with added extras!!) and after being reframed PROPERLY by us, be seen here