Monday, January 18, 2010

DIY Custom Framing

I have to admit I have countless hobbies (because of my only child syndrome), but one of the hobbies I enjoy the most, is photography; which brings me to my next logical hobby, picture framing.  A few years ago I took on a part time job at JoAnn’s, in the custom framing department because seemed like an interesting trade to learn and it was. I worked in the custom framing department for over two years and learned a lot of great DIY custom framing tricks.
  1. Did you know most custom framing stores will cut mats for you, for almost half the price they charge in a custom framing order?
  2. Did you know ready-made mats and frames can look just as nice as custom made mats and frames?
  3. Did you know you can ask framing associates at Aaron Brothers, Michaels and JoAnn’s for framing advice and they will gladly help you pick the best ready-made frames and mats to match your art/picture?
  4. Did you know custom framing stores sell all the materials you need for DIY framing; hanging hardware including hanging wire, paper dust cover, double sided tape (for adhering dust cover) and foam core.
Things to keep in mind when DIY framing:
  • Always work in a clean environment.
  • Use a lint free cloth when cleaning glass.
  • Wear cotton gloves when handling pictures and artwork to prevent smudge marks.
  • Always check for lint and dirt before closing your frame.
  • Add a paper dust cover on the back of your the frame, for a professional look (great touch when giving a frame as a gift).
Great Example of DIY Framing




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