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 Post subject: Matting & Framing
New postPosted: September 22nd, 2009, 9:14 pm 
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Shall we cut & paste in what we have so far?

Let's help each other out here!

As Expat said, & maybe not verbatim, but she's too cheap to get stuff framed!

Ha! I guess I am too Expat, cuz I used to do it myself when I had the tools in high school.
From what I understand today's tools are much more advanced & easier to use.

I have tons of stuff I'd like framed. But I'm not going to spend the big bucks doing it.
Maybe I'll do some this winter.

That said, if you ever want to spend the bucks doing it,
A.L. Lowe on S. Carrollton does the absolute best job!
Ask for Doug.

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Any idea what they charge? I'd like to compare....

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Mrs. Fury wrote:
Any idea what they charge? I'd like to compare....


Not anymore, Mrs. F. It's been a very long time.
I used to get stuff framed there for work. I got to know them very well!

They really have nice frames & do exquisite work.
Frame prices vary, they have some really elaborate frames & they, of course, cost more.

I do have 3 very special certificates to frame & I might go in & look at their frames.
Frankly, I've had 2 of them for almost 20 yrs & they are irreplaceable.
I haven't had them framed because I don't want them leaving my sight.
I would totally trust Doug to frame them, tho.

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Catalogs I use most are:

Light Impressions: lightimpressionsdirect.com

Graphic Dimensions: pictureframes.com

Dick Blick: dickblick.com

Occasionally when neither of them has what I want, I will use some others, can't remember off the top of my head which ones though! Also, sometimes I will just go to David Art Supplies or what's the other one that used to be on Harrison Avenue?

The catalogs will send you samples of the moldings if you want to see them in person before ordering, and then you order the frame to the exact dimensions you want and they will ship the pieces to you, with all you need to put them together.

Then I go to the local glass place with the dimensions, and they cut the pieces of glass for me.

I have an Altos mat cutter: http://www.altosezmat.com/products/products.htm

I order my mat board and foam core by the carton -- I like to get the matboard that's white on one side and ivory on the other, so I can use whichever side I think goes better. My tastes are pretty simple -- I usually frame everything in a black frame with an off-white or white mat, sometimes double.

I have a Framemasters point gun. In fact, I have two, but I lost one of them, or else I loaned it to somebody and forgot who it was. I figured that when I bought the new one, I'd find the old one right afterwards, but that didn't happen.

That being said, I have a huge collection of stuff under my bed that I keep meaning to frame!


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 Post subject: Re: Matting & Framing
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Thanks for the sources, expat. No there's no excuse for not trying my hand again. I used to do all right with it many years ago, but I didn't attempt anything too ambitious. Just finished a needlepoint tapestry roughly 30" square. More than a little nervous abut recommencing my framing career on that one! Maybe the grandbaby's birth sampler....


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Great info! Thanks for sharing, let's keep this one going!

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Here are plans for an adjustable picture frame jig.
http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking ... 1364495799

This is a link to picture frame plans.
http://www.woodstore.net/pictureframes. ... 1364495799


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Towanda! wrote:
Thanks for the sources, expat. No there's no excuse for not trying my hand again. I used to do all right with it many years ago, but I didn't attempt anything too ambitious. Just finished a needlepoint tapestry roughly 30" square. More than a little nervous abut recommencing my framing career on that one! Maybe the grandbaby's birth sampler....


I've done framing of needlepoint and embroidery, long time ago. I cut a stiff board out of acid-free

*** OOH OOH *** FORGOT TO MENTION -- ALWAYS GET ACID FREE MATERIALS!!!

As I was saying, I cut a stiff board out of acid-free material, either thick matboard or foam core, and then I threaded a big needle with a long, long piece of heavy-duty thread, like upholstery thread, and, starting in the middle of each side, sew back and forth horizontally, and then vertically, across the back to "stretch" the piece over the board. I don't use glass for my fabric pieces, so it's really simple to just buy a frame the right size and pop it in.


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