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    Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    I want to order a set of basic black frame, metal or wood. What is a good mail order place?

    Ideally here is what I would like--or at least as much of it as I can get:

    Frame comes pre-assembled. If not pre-assembled (such as metal frames) I would love that the cut edges at least be pre-blackened (or someone tell me a fast way to accomplish this).

    Frame comes with some sort of archival backing board so the photograph's rear mat board is not exposed.

    Comes with pre-cut high quality glass. Museum glass would be great.

    I'm basically looking to frame a few dozen prints at a time, once a month or so, and am trying to avoid a lot of the time/labor I usually spend messing with this stuff. I have no interest in framing aside from the basic need to display photographs.

    --Darin

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    Re: Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    I have been using www.framedestination.com for years. I highly recommend. They have exactly what you want, but I don't think they offer museum glass.

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    Re: Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    American frame. Their wood frames ship assembled. I don't think they sell glass though. I've been using them for ten years.

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    Re: Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    I use a felt tip pen to darken the cut edges. Using a 4-ply window mat and mounting board backed with 3/16" foam core makes a neat framed package without using the springs that come with most unassembled aluminum frames. Ordering a fairly large supply of frames, mats, and foam core at one time saves money.

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    Re: Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    Several years back when I was using a rental darkroom, the darkroom bought Nielsen black metal frames in quantity and sold them to their customers at bargain prices. I don't know where they got them from though and the darkroom has since went out of business.

    Thomas

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    Re: Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    +1 ... just a pity they don't offer AR coated glass/acrylic ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Miller View Post
    I have been using www.framedestination.com for years. I highly recommend. They have exactly what you want, but I don't think they offer museum glass.

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    Re: Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    Museum glass ?????


    I don't know if they will ship but there's Cheap Pete's over in Walnut Creek...maybe close enough that you could make the trip to stock up?

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    Re: Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    I use a felt tip pen to darken the cut edges.
    As do I, when little defects appear. Low tech as heck… and works like a charm.

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    Re: Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    Quote Originally Posted by Darin Boville View Post
    I have no interest in framing aside from the basic need to display photographs.
    That's funny… you will!

    You will become quite interested in framing, if for no other reason that framing is so freakin' expensive. (FYI: that Pawn Stars "art appraiser" operates a frame shop).

    I despise framing, and much prefer to leave it to the buyer. But alas, unfortunately, regrettably, infuriatingly, unless they are a specialized collector, they will almost always want a piece framed – for nothing!

    Backing board is rarely (never, in my experience) anything other than cheap acidic cardboard in pre-assembled frames. I prefer acid neutral foam core, which is about the same price as decent cardboard, in sheets. You are foolish to use glass glazing in California, or even (especially) if you end up shipping framed material. I believe AR-Museum style acrylic glazing is now available.

    You have much to learn, Grasshoppa.

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    Re: Mail-order frame source? Pre-built?

    +100 on the "freakin expensive"

    I just had a show and had 40 pieces framed - some 20 x 24. I had no time or space to do it myself this time around. Looked beautiful when it was all done though.

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