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Old 12-20-2017, 04:27 PM
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Molding Source of Supply

I am planning to start doing my own framing in the coming year because my usual frame supplier is discontinuing more and more of the styles I prefer. However, finding a source of supply for moldings has not been straightforward. Some examples of issues I've run across is pricing information not readily published and only selling to retail frame shops or other bulk buyers. A customer like myself who will buy maybe 100 odd feet of molding per year is not wanted. My search has not been terribly exhaustive yet but I thought if I could learn from the experience of others, why not. Anyone have any molding suppliers they like to work with?? My typical standby for years has been an espresso colored plein air style with a gold liner.
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Re: Molding Source of Supply

This comes from the school of "give a man a fish -- he will eat for a day: Teach a man to fish -- he will always have food."

The streight-forward "modern" square stock is perfectly easy for a DYI with some woodworking experience, and a few power tools to do.

I think the whole idea with framing is that
1) It looks better to the gallery. More professional.
2) It is "ready to hang."

But it also adds a huge charge to the customer. I can see in some cases that they are actually buying the painting because they like the frame. Using the simplest frame you can find creates a situation where the picture is the center-focus and not the frame.

The frame you mention: espresso colored plein air style with a gold liner would actually be fairly easy to make.
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Re: Molding Source of Supply

Thanks Katy, but not quite the info I was looking for. About 99% of my sales are via galleries and I paint almost exclusively on wood panels so frames are somewhat necessary. Sometimes clients do request the piece unframed and my gallery reps know to give me a call and get the unframed price. My lead gallery has told me several times that many clients comment that my frames are very complementary to my work and it is rare someone asks for something else.

I have a very nice mitre saw and buying a joiner is not a problem. A little bit of experimentation with some cheap molding and I think I'll be able to make something just as nice as I have been buying and I can be in control of the timing and selection and avoid the frustration of placing the order only to have them call me the next day and tell me they don't have enough inventory to meet my order and oh btw that style is being discontinued. All I really need is a place willing to sell molding to someone who is not a retail frame shop.
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Re: Molding Source of Supply

I responded to your post in General Art Business.

Maybe nothing there that will help, but that was all I could come up with.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1439467
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Thanks Katy, but not quite the info I was looking for. About 99% of my sales are via galleries and I paint almost exclusively on wood panels so frames are somewhat necessary. Sometimes clients do request the piece unframed and my gallery reps know to give me a call and get the unframed price. My lead gallery has told me several times that many clients comment that my frames are very complementary to my work and it is rare someone asks for something else.

I have a very nice mitre saw and buying a joiner is not a problem. A little bit of experimentation with some cheap molding and I think I'll be able to make something just as nice as I have been buying and I can be in control of the timing and selection and avoid the frustration of placing the order only to have them call me the next day and tell me they don't have enough inventory to meet my order and oh btw that style is being discontinued. All I really need is a place willing to sell molding to someone who is not a retail frame shop.

It is okay.
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