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Roan
02-11-2001, 07:57 PM
I also posted a similar message in the Studio forum, but I thought I'd post here as well since we all use the same medium.

How long does it take you to frame your work? I triple-matted my last piece (what a pain) and it took me 3-4 hours to do it. I really, really, dislike the amount of time involved.

Is it me? How long does it take you?

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[This message has been edited by Roan (edited February 11, 2001).]

billyg
02-13-2001, 06:28 AM
Hey Roan,
Are you talking complete framing with glass etc or are you just talking matting.
Billyg.

LDianeJohnson
02-13-2001, 07:14 AM
It used to take me the same...many, many hours to make everything from scratch and frame up pastel aintings. For about 15 years now, I have been using a wholesale frame company (so I'm considered a "frame shop" due to the volume and type of account I have, even though I am not operating as a frame shop. They'll work with artists in this way.)

I have a full set of Bainbridge and Crescent 100% rag mat corners, along with a variety frame corner samples that work with most of my paintings. When I have between 5-10 pieces completed, I have "picking" day; when I spend time measuring and selecting the best arrangement for each piece.

I then send the order for everything to be pre-cut and the frames assembled, and glass, (I also order backing foam core, but cut that myself), etc. They are shipped to me.

Then I have "framing" day. When all the materials are in, I frame till they're all done.

Because I purchase at true wholesale, it is very economical in the long run and I can afford a much better quality of frame. If I were to cut a $10 mat and ruin it, I'd have to take the hit and cut another. But when the frame company does it, they take the risk, and I'm only charged with what I buy.

In order to have time at all to paint, this is the way I have chosen to frame, particularly in the case of my pastels. It's worked great for me http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

bk7251
02-14-2001, 03:12 PM
What frame company do you use?

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cliffwilson
02-20-2001, 01:30 PM
Starting with a pre-cut frame with glass. I mount on foam board. I use a backwards beveled mat first, then double mat. Finally, paste a paper seal on the back. ... Takes me about an hour and a half. (16x20 but size doesn't change time much) I have a medium priced Logan Mat cutter and a "cutting board" the size of my table. (this helps me not spend too much time just throw it on, measure, and use the straight edge or mat cutter.)

I don't think I do anything "special?"
I do have lots of room though. :-)

Roan
02-22-2001, 09:20 AM
Billy-boy :P

The whole sheee-bang. Start to finish :P Takes me from 3 to 4 hours.

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Roan
02-22-2001, 09:24 AM
Diane:

What a great way to do it! Once I get set up in the basement (ick) and can leave framing stuff out, I'm going to follow your lead. Right now I can only frame when my 4-year-old isn't around (why are kids SO fascinated with sharp implements? :P), so I can only do one piece at a time. One reason I think it takes me so long is because all my paintings are different sizes http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif

I've tried to standardize but I find it hard to do! I see a certain "look" and want it and it's never a normal size. Grumble.

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Roan
02-22-2001, 09:26 AM
Cliff:

Man, how to do you confine yourself to standard sizes? That's part of my problem! I just can't seem to see "18x24", but rather 22x26".

I DO like a more square look rather than rectangle. Every time I crop something, it's usually only 2-3" off from square. Dunno why, just me :P

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LDianeJohnson
02-22-2001, 11:07 AM
Roan:
I have the same problem, I just can't standardize. So I've just resigned myself to painting however large I want then frame it at that custom size.

Barry:
I use many frame companies. The one that does all of my mats and a few of my frames is Roanoke Moulding Design in Roanoke, VA. They service hundreds of frame shops in the region:

Roanoke Moulding Design
1715 Granby St.
Roanoke, VA 24012
800.336.9623
I use these for my pastel paintings requiring matting (none currently on display at LG) and for smaller paintings on linen. They are the ones you may have seen with beaded trim and linen liners. They are factory made but very reasonable.

Here are others more expensive and customized I use for my acrylic & oil paintings:

Sexton Bell Custom Framing
Website: http://www.mich.com/~sbframes
Email Address: sbframes@mich.com
Mailing Address: 8448 Port Austin Rd., Pigeon, MI 48755
Phone: 517.856.3066
Fax: 517.856.7431
Makers of some of the finest hand-made and finished gold metal leaf frames I've seen anywhere. I use these mostly on pieces 16x20 and larger. You may have seen these at the Little Gallery, seamless corners with an exceptional finish. They have many, many finishes to choose from...all equally beautiful. They are more expensive and allow some time for these to ship.

Summit Gallery
Website: http://www.goldframes.com
Mailing Address: 7439 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego, Ca 92120
Phone: 619.286.9600
Fax: 619.286.9600
Gold or silver metal leaf American Impressionist frames. These are on some of my smaller pieces, 12x16 or so. They too, have seamless corners but are darker in tone than I use from Sexton-Bell. This company offers just a few different styles, but in many sizes.

New Jersey Frame & Moulding, Co.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2441, 62-68 Kearny St., Patterson, NJ 07509
Phone: 1.800.526.5281
Nice, less expensive commercial frames for all types of paintings. I use these in all sizes. They have many profiles and finishes. The only ones at LG I currently have are flatter-style Impressionist frames, sometimes with a linen liner. They are more brassy gold than I like but are inexpensive, and the company ships quickly.

Diane



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cliffwilson
02-22-2001, 01:58 PM
Well Roan,

I have only been painting for about three years and so far I have been able to situate my composition from a photo to fit the aspect ratio I am after. No don't that won't last long! ;-)