Matting and Framing

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  1. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have a lot of images that I would like to matte and frame. I had been taking them to a local frame shop who would do the matte cutting, foam board cutting, glass cutting and custom cut a simple black metal frame (nielsen frame).
    It seems that everytime I go there I get a different price, sometimes good, sometimes bad, so I decided to do as much of it as I could myself. I went to a hobby shop and got 32x40" matte board for $5 as well as foamboard same size and price and 16x20" glass for $5. I borrow my father-in-laws matte cutter and I do stain glass as well, so I cut my own glass. Doing it myself, for less than $5 I can matte, foam board, and cut the glass for an 8x10 image. My only dependency on the frame shop now is the Neilsen frame, and they just charged me $130 for 3 frames (just the frame and hardware to join it together - 18x9, 16x14 and 11x8).

    Does anyone here know where I can order Neilsen frame molding in bulk so that I can say goodbye to the frame shop? I have found it pre-cut at places like dickblick.com but I want like 10 ft pieces so that it's cheaper.

    Thanks for looking and reading.
     
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    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    thanks matt. I also found Artcity.com which is charging like $58 for the same order as above. I knew I was getting screwed. I need to open my own framing shop, there sure is a LOT of money being made in framing.
     
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    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Matt, just so you know (and others) AmericanFrame.com is the cheapest of all that I found. DickBlick.com is about 40% higher and ArtCityFrame.com is a little more than DB.

    Thanks for the tip. All of these resources beat the heck out of my local frame shop for exactly the same metal frame.
     
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    Cool, I'm glad to hear it's the cheapest. I've always used them, and we use them at work. Well, they are in Ohio, so shipping is cheap and speedy for me.
     
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    Anyone who is paying for a lot of matting should look into buying a good mat cutter. I figure that I am saving a minimum of $10 everytime I cut my own mat. That adds up quick.
     
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    I cut my own mats/foamcore, and buy frames and plexiglass from American Frame. It's not only about saving money, but I also enjoy cutting the mats. I feel a bit more connected to the print hanging on my wall, or the print I'm selling.
     
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    anybody got any clues about how to do this in europe, and could you please explain to me what these materials you are using are? because it sounds nice and i would like to do the little diy myself as well. can't be that hard right? :D
     
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    So where's the site - I just found a page of ad's. :thumbdown:
     
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    yep
     
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