How To Inspect Your Frame
The main thing you have to watch out for when
inspecting your frame after the framer has finished the job is
what's called dye lot differences.  This notes the
difference between the color you first picked out and the
actual results on your purchase. It's entirely possible to
see over a 20 percent difference from what you
choose in the frame shop to what actually gets
delivered to you.
Once you've finished picking your frame, ask the
framer if it is likely to run a dye lot difference. Make a point
of asking to have the sample you picked matched to what
will be used to frame your work and if there's going to be
a significant difference have them call you and get
your approval before the work begins.
If when you view your frame for the first time at the
framers you notice a marked difference, it is really
incumbent upon the framer to change out the frame.
After you decide you like the color of your frame take
a second to review a few other points.  Look for open
corners, split ends, unevenly fitted corners, and look along
the edging for places where putty has been used to fill in
gaps. Less reputable framers who misalign or over
cut the frame will try to hide this by filling the empty
space with putty. If you don't like the putty you see,
discuss this with your framer and have them do the job
When your canvas is stretched it is stapled or nailed
over a rectangle created from four pieces of wood called
stretcher bars. If the framer knows what they're doing,
they'll create stretcher bars which are appropriately