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Picture Framing FAQs - Introduction

Imagine being able to frame all your own photographs, needlework and artwork as well as a professional.  It is very satisfying to be able to extend your own craft interest by complementing it with a frame that you created yourself. At the same time you can save as much as 80% off the cost of having your frames made by someone else. And the savings easily pay for all the tools you will need.

And FrameCo has all the right materials for you to use. There is no need to make your own frame profiles as we have a large range of pre-finished wooden frames which are easy to join. These are available in wood tones, golds and silver finishes as well colourful stains.  You can order these in lengths or cut to the size of your picture.

FrameCo has a range of options available to suit a variety of skill levels.  Set up a mini workshop framing for family or friends, or complete your framing projects using made to measuer framing kits. Whatever you wish to do, FrameCo has a range of easy-to-use tools, which enable you to make your own frames economically, gain the skills necessary to use those tools, and achieve professional standard picture frames when and how you need them.

Picture Framing can be learnt in 5 easy steps......

Step 1: Measuring and Mat Cutting - You start off by measuring the size of your picture and then calculating the external size of the mat. FrameCo has a simple worksheet to make this easy. Once the sizes are determined you can cut a bevel edged window mat using a good quality bevel cutter and ruler. Not all framed pictures require a mat surround, but most watercolours, needlework and many photographs do need a mat. The mat creates a space between the glass and the picture.  The FrameCo range of Mat Master mat cutters are easy to use and will produce quality bevel cut mats. There are models to suit beginners and the professional DIY framer. Once the mat surround is cut then you will know what size to cut the frame, to suit that mat.

Step 2: Frame Cutting - To obtain a good frame join, it is important to cut the frame mitres accurately. But not all general purpose mitre saws cut accurately. But it is possible to purchase a good quality suspension mitre saw, or a  mitre trimmer,  suitable for home use which will give you accurate mitre cuts.  It is best to add a FrameCo Ezy-Measure System to either of these tools for accurate measuring and cutting of your frames

Another way to obtain a ready supply of picture frames is to use a "Chop" service. This service means that a company such as FrameCo supplies and cuts the four sides of the picture frame for you. You choose the picture frame style (from our website or catalogue) to suit your picture, then for a small fee the frame is cut  to the size you need. This eliminates the waste and gives you a wider choice. This can be done online, or by mail order. The kit is then delivered to you at home ready to join.  

Step 3: Frame Clumping - Once you have all the pieces of the frame cut to size , they need to be held together ready for joining. A good quality metal strap clamp is required for this process and FrameCo has a number of models suitable for the job.  The best type of clamp to use is a metal strap clamp, because it allows you see all the four corners of the frame placed together, before you join the frame. Thus any mistakes can be corrected at this time without wasting the frame.

Step 4: Frame Joining - The standard way to join the mitred corners of the frame together, is to insert a V-Nail  (v shaped staples) into each corner. The V-Nails are inserted into the back of the picture frame moulding at each corner. This is the same method  used by the professional picture framer. The FrameCo "PushMaster"  is an inexpensive and unique patented tool, which enables anyone to easily insert v-nails into pictures frames. Thus the  PushMaster has made it possible for the home based picture framer to produce quality hand made picture frames. The PushMaster was invented by FrameCo and is an exclusive patented tool manufactured only by FrameCo in Australia.

Step 5: Fitting and Finishing - Backing nails or Flexipoints(bendable tabs) are inserted into the back of the frame to secure the glass, mat and picture package into the frame.  The back of the picture is protected with a layer of brown backing paper or backing tape. Frame hangers and wire are added so that your picture can be hung on the wall. FrameCo has a range of all the accessories needed to complete your picture framing projects.

At FrameCo we provide a range of DIY Picture Framing tools for the occasional framer through to small business applications. We can assist you with one of our suggested start-up packages or design a packge suitable for your needs.  Please contact us for more individual attention. You can start framing with minimal investment and then add to your equipment as the need arises.

 Picture Framing...do it yourself or we can do it for you.