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drewf64
13-May-2017, 14:52
Who are your go to suppliers for metal frames and Westminster cotton boards?
Any experience with "Archival Methods"?

Moderators: I could not find a good fit to place this question so followed a few other posts with framing and mounting questions.
Feel free to move to a different category.
Thanks to All.
Drew

Keith Pitman
13-May-2017, 14:57
I've been using Archival Methods for mat board and some other things and American Frame for Nielsen frames for a number of years.

faberryman
13-May-2017, 14:58
I have had nothing but good experiences with Archival Methods. In particular, their shipping practices are stellar. Everything is very carefully packed so there is almost no chance of damage in transit. Same goes for American Frame.

drewf64
13-May-2017, 15:36
Thank you Keith & Faberryman, your replies are greatly appreciated.
I have finally run out of supplies and it is time to reorder.
Drew

faberryman
13-May-2017, 15:40
If you buy in quantity, you get a nice discount and save on shipping.

Jerry Bodine
13-May-2017, 16:19
Another option:
https://www.framedestination.com/

Sal Santamaura
13-May-2017, 16:25
Another option:
https://www.framedestination.com/A good one. The OP might also consider someone in the same county as he is:


http://lodima.org/archival-materials/

John Olsen
13-May-2017, 17:00
I live out in the sticks so everything is done by delivery for me. I use pictureframe.com for my frames, and have for over 30 years (previously known as graphikdimensions). They have done a good job and corrected the few errors quickly.

Also, I've had to switch to ordering mat board from Dick Blick in Chicago, as my supplier in Seattle will no longer ship. I hate the idea of my matboards bouncing in their package all the way from Chicago, but I hate driving into Seattle even more. Blick has done a pretty good job of packaging, I think.

JMO
13-May-2017, 17:32
+1 for Archival Methods and their attention to detail in packaging their shipments so that items arrive undamaged.

To John Olsen - consider Archival Methods for shipments of mat board. My experience is that they wrap and package their shipments such that there is NO chance of damage by UPS. ....

LabRat
13-May-2017, 19:11
In about every area there is a wholesaler for materials that the local framing shops buy discount... Ask the local shops, they will probably tell you of of the firm in one of the closest principal cities... The wholesalers might sell to the public if you buy the minimum purchase (often just $25), quantity, and the big one, if you have a resale # for taxes, but you can sidestep that if you insist on paying them sales taxes with your purchase...

Our local supplier is Valley Framing & Moulding in Burbank, CA and have the best supplies and even classes for framers... (Great bulk prices and selection!!!) Framers, galleries, and museums buy from them... But they will bug you about a resale # until you insist on paying sales tax... (Seems that everyone who buys from them insists on resale (no taxes), so they bug you about the # until you pay tax...)

Steve K

tgtaylor
13-May-2017, 21:03
In the past I ordered 4-ply Archival Methods mat board through B&H where it was much cheaper than from Archival Methods direct. Then I switched to 32x40 4 and 8-ply Rising board which I order from Blick in Chicago. The first order came without corner protectors so some of the corners arrived bent. For subsequent orders I added the special instructions to add corner protectors which they do and place those instructions on the shipping carton. The boards now arrive with minimal damage to the corners. I'm also a fan of the black Nielsen metal frames which I buy at a local Blick store and museum grade acrylic from a local Taps plastics store where I get a discount.

Thomas

John Layton
14-May-2017, 02:36
Rising museum board, and foam core, from Blick...Frames from American Frame. Generally good service so far. First shipment from Archival Methods (large museum case) destroyed by UPS - but replaced in a hurry and was perfect.

Robert Bowring
14-May-2017, 09:01
I have also had good experience with Archival Methods. Good selection of materials and very good packaging. I have also had very good experience with Contemporary Frame Company for frames.

David Karp
14-May-2017, 09:10
In about every area there is a wholesaler for materials that the local framing shops buy discount... Ask the local shops, they will probably tell you of of the firm in one of the closest principal cities... The wholesalers might sell to the public if you buy the minimum purchase (often just $25), quantity, and the big one, if you have a resale # for taxes, but you can sidestep that if you insist on paying them sales taxes with your purchase...

Our local supplier is Valley Framing & Moulding in Burbank, CA and have the best supplies and even classes for framers... (Great bulk prices and selection!!!) Framers, galleries, and museums buy from them... But they will bug you about a resale # until you insist on paying sales tax... (Seems that everyone who buys from them insists on resale (no taxes), so they bug you about the # until you pay tax...)

Steve K

I second this recommendation. I too am close to Valley Moulding and love being able to purchase from them. If you have a similar supplier in your area, you get to see the board in person. You can have a print with you and put it up against the different shades of white to make your selection. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. They have the other supplies you need too.

faberryman
14-May-2017, 09:33
Before selecting mat board, i got samples from Archival Methods, Strathmore, Neilsen Bainbridge, and my local art supply store so I could pick a couple of mat boards to standardize on with confidence. You would be surprised how broad a range the term "white" covers.

John Olsen
14-May-2017, 10:49
+1 for Archival Methods and their attention to detail in packaging their shipments so that items arrive undamaged.

To John Olsen - consider Archival Methods for shipments of mat board. My experience is that they wrap and package their shipments such that there is NO chance of damage by UPS. ....

Thanks, they don't use the same supplier, but I ought to try them next time. I bookmarked the catalog page for next month.

xkaes
14-May-2017, 11:07
I've had great luck with

http://www.pictureframes.com/

over many years. I still can't beleive the selection and prices.

tgtaylor
14-May-2017, 20:38
Lets see an example of your framing.

Thomas

jeroldharter
14-May-2017, 21:47
+1 for Frame Destinations. Very good experience with them many times and good customer service.

drewf64
16-May-2017, 17:58
Again ... Thanks to All for your experiences, suggestions, & insight !
20% off on a "first order" at Archival Methods is a great way to restock!
Drew

foen
17-May-2017, 01:24
Any alternatives for Europe?

LabRat
17-May-2017, 02:09
Any alternatives for Europe?

As I mentioned, ask your local framer, gallery, museum etc where they get their supplies in bulk...

Steve K

Arne Croell
17-May-2017, 08:05
Any alternatives for Europe?

Where in Europe? As mentioned, local framers can get you mat board and frames. In Germany, Monochrom sells mat boards by mail order (https://monochrom.com/praesentieren/passepartouts/passepartoutkartons/), I am sure there are others.

+1 for Archival Methods in the US.

archphotofisher
17-May-2017, 14:05
My go-to place has been Light Impressions http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/

Peter De Smidt
17-May-2017, 17:47
Has Light Impressions recovered from their doldrums? They went from terrific to awful at the drop of a hat.

Robert Opheim
18-May-2017, 12:26
Jerry, Is Seattle area I buy from Jayness Moulding in Seattle. They deliver locally. I am on Camano Island so there is a small fee. Recently I bought a box of Cresent matte board, Neilsen frames, and uv glass. They were quick and everything was correct.

Bob

archphotofisher
18-May-2017, 17:33
Light Impressions have 50% of what they had seams to be building up, but have everything i purchase. One item i can't find anywhere are these 8x10 black poster board folded transparencies holders with 4x5 or 5x7 with a clear plastic pocket creating a single window for viewing and storage.165087 165092

tgtaylor
19-May-2017, 08:44
I have some white 4x5 cardboard Blair mounts that I can sell you. I bought them from Inkjet Arts in Salt Lake city about 15 years back thinking that I would get a Noblux 4x5 projector which I never could find. You can see pictures of the Blair 4x5 mount in this thread: http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?125393-Reversal-Processing-with-D-11

If interested send me a PM. I have 100 to 200 of them.

Thomas

JMO
30-May-2017, 14:44
+1 for Frame Destinations. Very good experience with them many times and good customer service.


Jerold, Thank you for this reco, as I am thinking about using them for framing supplies. I have a good local source here in the Milwaukee area for Rising Museum Board, and they will make frames for me to, but I'd like to try Frame Destinations. ...

Greg
30-May-2017, 16:15
Have been dealing for probably 20 years with the Contemporary Framing in Bristol, Conn.
http://www.contemporaryframe.com
The couple that runs the business... I can't say enough of positive things about them and their service.

Vaughn
18-Aug-2017, 14:30
Jerold, Thank you for this reco, as I am thinking about using them for framing supplies. I have a good local source here in the Milwaukee area for Rising Museum Board, and they will make frames for me to, but I'd like to try Frame Destinations. ...

Just got my second shipment from Frame Destinations today -- well packed. Thankfully, since Fed-Ex threw the two packages over my 6 foot fence. Landed on the dirt/grass -- the frames and glass are all fine (twenty 5"x5" frames and four 5"x12" frames. Wood.)