I use artists' alumimum frames in black- you can always take the
pictures out and change them easily. With wood, you have to deal
with the staples and risk the chance of chipping it or hitting the glass
part. Cheap at Michaels', cheaper at Aaron Bros.when they have
that second for a penny sale. Good price in University Art sometimes
when they have enough stock. UA also carries the ones with less clips
in the back- cheaper and lighter, if it's just for your wall.
For mats, I order from precutmats.com with sets as small as 12 pieces.
Do not get their back boards as they bend to moisture, making you photos
look wrinkly while buckling in. Use foam boards
for that instead. Better
yet, the ones with the sticky peel-off side (Michaels).
Try to stay as close to the same design or at least pairs of the same design.
Have the convenience of changing frames easily-good for multiple exhibits
or office decor clients, unless they request for wood frames. I get a lot of
black and white scenics orders. In general, use frame designs that do not
overstage your photograph- it should be the center of attention. It's also a
form of marketing- admiration of your work, instead of admiration of the
frame more than that of your work. For example, if you notice, Steven Oachs
uses simple straight wood frames in his gallery, so does Rodney Lough's
gallery on Pier 39 San Francisco.
From: Akshay Kawale <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Mon, January 4, 2010 7:01:20 PM
Subject: Re: [photo-413] Looking for picture frames
Here's what I found:
1) Nobody seems to have matted frames with a 12"x18" hole.
2) Michael's and Cheap Pete's offer custom cut mats for less than
Aaron Brothers. I think Michael's was cheaper.
3) Aaron Brothers has the 'buy a frame, get the 2nd for 1-cent'
promotion going on until Jan 24th.
I might stick with the $15 Ikea frames, and for some photos that can't
be cropped I may go in for a couple of frames from Aaron Brothers,
along with custom cut mats from Michael's.
Btw, I'm nothing more than an amateur, so I don't need great quality
frames/mats or anything.
I was looking for something to put up on my walls, and thought putting
up my own pictures would make for an interesting conversation piece
rather than putting up random paintings/posters.
On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 10:53 PM, jcdill <[address removed]> wrote:
> Akshay Kawale wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> I finally got around to printing out some of my pictures and I'm
>> looking for a place to buy a bunch of decent frames.
>> The size I'm looking for is a matted 12"x18", and possible a matted
>> 20"x30" as well.
>> Any suggestions? I saw some wood frames at Ikea that were decent and
>> reasonably priced ($15), but I don't think they have the exact>> dimensions I need. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60132521
> Also check out Cheap Petes. The last time I was in there they had recently
> started carrying new frames in 2:3 mat ratios (e.g. 8x12 mats). They may
> have 12x18
frames in stock, and their prices are very good for local frames.
> If you have time to wait for frames to be made and shipped, check out Frame
> Destination online at:
> They have really competitive prices, especially when ordering in quantity.
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