Writing this introduction has made me cast my mind back some 20 years to my first tentative steps in framing my own pictures, the industry has come on leaps and bounds since then. When I started to frame my own work I either had to buy hugely expensive professional equipment or muddle through with mitre blocks and cord clamps, which quite honestly just frustrated me. Finally I purchased a number of professional tools after years of struggling with my "put together kits" from there on I never looked back.
But for most of you buying all the professional kit will never be an option because all you want to do is frame just a few items every year, whether they are for yourself or for presents or even to sell on.
I noticed that the framing industry over recent years has started to change and more and more people are trying to do it themselves, after all it's not as difficult as first thought. But where do people get all the tools from that will make a professional job but not cost an arm and leg? We are now back to the problem I first faced 20 years ago but this time I have a solution for you.
I have put together a collection of tools and materials that give you everything needed to professionally frame your own work. From Artists to Cross-stitchers, from photographers to crafters the principles are the same, there are just a few techniques needed to be learned so you can present your particular medium to its full and glorious potential.
The Getting Started section will have the following sections to help you understand all the components needed to put together a picture frame and what tools and materials you will need to get started. Sections include the following
I hope this guide will help you swiftly get from the planning stage to the production stage in a clear and coherent manner so you can enjoy making professional looking mounts and frames and avoid all the pitfalls I encountered.