Inexpensive but nice Picture Frames, any sources?

amish

Sr Member
Thanks to an awesome mamber here who I easily call a friend I have a Time Bandits Map.

I would like to frame it for my office and am looking for a company either online or local that could supply a frame that is of these approximate dimensions:

46"x36" with a matte board or 42 1/2"x27" without the matte.

Any help with any sources would be appreciated. I am however, not looking to spend a ton of money on it, so please keep that in mind if you know of some sources.

Thanks everyone...
 

NEKROFANATIC

Sr Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
hit a flea market and buy a crappy 'painting' or poster with a frame. trash said painting and keep the frame.
 

Ghadrack

Sr Member
I suggest you also check out places like Target, K-Mart and Hobby Lobby. Those places often have pre-framed artwork on the cheap, great for cannibalizing frames off of.
 

amish

Sr Member
Good ideas, the both of you.... For some reason I was only thinking about frame shops.

Thanks guys.
 

SWFreak

Well-Known Member
It's funny you started this thread today. I just framed mine up last night.

I had a heck of time trying to find an off the shelf frame. I went to Hobby Lobby and Michaels...nothing. The map is an odd size so I ended up ordering a custom frame for mine. I think it cost me $60 when they were running one of those 50% off sales.
 

Darkknight0667

Sr Member
Hey Tom -

Do you have the measurements of the map itself? I've got one that I need to frame, as well, but it's home and I'm not.
 

amish

Sr Member
The one I have is 46"x36" with the white border and approximately 42 1/2"x27 without. Hope that helps...
 

PodRacer X

Active Member
Beware. A cheap frame will ruin your prop over time. The purpose of an acid-free matte is to keep the artwork from touching the glass where it can pick up condensation and deteriorate.

Framing something in an archival manner is really expensive, though.
 

Boba Debt

Master Member
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I just framed 2 paintings with frames from this company.

I ordered them as a kit and it only took about an hour to put them together.

FrameFitCo
 

lonepigeon

Sr Member
I use American Frame and Frames By Mail for custom sizes.
www.americanframe.com
www.framesbymail.com

A mat that size would be real expensive to ship so I would order that from a frame shop or cut your own. A sheet of mat board from an art store, an xacto knife and big metal ruler would be all you really need - bevelled edges aren't always necessary.
You can get linen tape at an art store too for archival mounting but I think it runs about $11 a roll. You could also have it dry mounted at a frame shop but it would be permanently adhered to a mounting board.

I also like to check out the preframed art at Target, Home Goods, and Bed Bath and Beyond.
Use the 20% off coupons from the mail for BB&B and you can get good deals and the frames are nice.
 

amish

Sr Member
Thanks Chris and everyone. I have a coupon I printed online for Jo-ann Fabrics. They do framing and on Feb. 4, 2006 they are have 50% off. I will probably hold out for that and get a much nicer frame :)

Thanks for the input.

Tom
 

SWFreak

Well-Known Member
Here's mine all framed up. I'll hang it on the wall tomorrow.



It's pinned to a black velvet backing and set back about 1/2" from the glass.
 

amish

Sr Member
WOW... That looks outstanding.

I priced some frames tonight at the fabric place and the are giving me a price of around $350.00 without the matte. I think I will try target next and if that doesnt work, I will make my own frame.
 
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