Your do it yourself picture frame information and picture frame supplies headquarters
Picture Frame Section Contents
This section of our site is designed to be your do it yourself picture framing headquarters.
If you have several pictures to frame or if you want to do framing on a continuing basis it won't take long for some pretty nice picture framing and mat cutting equipment to pay for itself and the right equipment can save lots of frustration and time.
I'll be adding to the picture framing section as time goes on, because there are lots of ways to make do it yourself picture framing a fun, relaxing and cost saving project.
The picture frame components, liner, fillet, mat or a frame by itself at some times will contain and at other times will continue the art work that it holds, but at all times will complete and enhance the art work.
There are lots of things necessary to custom picture frames and framing and we plan to eventually cover a good portion of it here. There will be constant additions of information and tips so that you'll be armed and ready to be your own other artist.
How to assemble a picture frame.
Assemble a picture frame. - Information about clamping the corners of a picture frame. Whether you're repairing an old frame with loose corners or assembling a new frame it makes the job a lot easier and the frame more securely assembled if the corners are clamped
Many forms of gold and glitter.
Gilding - The gold on picture frames may be gold leaf, gold wax or gold paint. As picture frames age the gilding may chip or wear off. There are many types of materials for gilding and touching up the gold on picture frames, from gold pens to gold leaf.
Glass cutting, glass is easy to cut if you follow these easy tips.
Glass Cutting - You can save quite a bit by buying bulk glass if you have a lot of pictures to frame or if you have some larger size pieces of glass that you could use in smaller frames. If you're intimidated by glass cutting, read this to learn how to master the art of glass cutting.
Picture frame restoration
Restoration - Take an old frame and restore it to it's original beauty. Most of the pages linked from this page will have a bit that will help with picture frame restoration. You'll need to repair corners, maybe repair the gold finish on a gilded frame, maybe cut a mat or a piece of glass for your restored frame.
Mats can make a world of difference in a framed picture.
Picture Mat - What a difference a mat makes. Mats, especially a double mat can bring a picture to life and give it new meaning. An explanation of the differences made by different mat colors.
Mat Cutter - Mat cutter system and freehand mat cutters to make cutting your own picture mats easy. Save a lot of money cutting your own mats.
Picture frame corner repair.
Repair - As frames age or when they fall from a wall or other surface the corners can take a beating and come loose. Learn how frame corners are generally put together and how to get them apart when they're wiggly.
Picture frame supplies
Supplies - The place to go to see all of the ready made frames, picture frame moulding, mat cutters and everything else imaginable for do it yourself custom picture framing.
Picture Frame Molding, how to measure and cut
How to measure and cut picture frame molding - can be kind of tricky until you learn the formula, which we include, to measure, alowing for the rabbet and angle of the cut. Use a table saw, miter sander and miter vise to get accurate cuts.
Why cut your own mats
Why cut your own mats - Expensive art and important photos should be kept away from the glass and you can save loads of money by cutting your own picture mats and photo mats
Mat color to emphasize areas of a picture.
Mat color draw attention to different areas of a picture by using picture mat colors
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