Let’s Talk Framing – Part 2

In Part One we discussed custom framing generally and some of the most common features and benefits.

In this installment we discuss a few of the ways we are offering local customers a way to receive many of the benefits of custom framing for a lower cost and faster turnaround time.

Time and Cost

A custom framing job where the customer and the designer choose and size every component results in a wonderful piece of art to hang in the home or office. But we realize that not every piece of art or memorabilia needs such extensive treatment. And sometimes you don’t have the two weeks or so that it might take to get the components ordered, shipped, assembled, and finished.

Remnants

We also have a dilemma to solve: what to do with remnants of custom framing jobs, especially mat boards. A custom framing customer pays for the portion of the mat board that is used for their job, but we end up with the remainder. Sometimes it is a large amount that we can use for another job, but often it ends up too small or oddly sized to be useful on another custom job.

Value Packages

As a result of some brainstorming and suggestions from patrons, we decided to order a stock of (unassembled) frames in a couple of set sizes that we could have on hand. These would be offered with mat options pulled from ones we already have on hand — the remnants. Because we aren’t ordering new stock and the costs associated with shipping them in, we are able to offer the packages at approximately 30-40% less than what the same order might cost otherwise. Since these are also using existing stock, turnaround time can be as little as a day.

No Compromises

The frames are from the same supplier that we use for regular custom framing orders. They are a selection of the more economical choices available, and they are simple in design and color choices are limited. But the quality is the same.

The mat boards are what other customers have ordered and used for their projects. They are the same conservation grade boards.

The glass, too, is the same 99% UV blocking glass.

We assemble and finish with the same backing board, dust cover, and hanging hardware.

Just because the price to you is lower doesn’t mean we are compromising on the quality of materials used.

Selections

Here are the options and recommendations, where applicable.

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Size

We offer two sizes: 9×11 and 12×15.

The 9×11 is good for smaller art, photos, and documents. It can frame a piece as large as 8×10 but we recommend 7×9 or smaller for this frame.

The 12×15 is good for 8×10 to about 10×13. It can accommodate 11×14.

Frame Colors

The 9×11 is offered in four colors: black, white, natural, and walnut.

The 12×15 is offered in three colors: black, white, and natural.

Prices

Here is the bottom line.

9×11

  • Single Mat – $49
  • Double Mat – $59

12×15

  • Single Mat – $69
  • Double Mat – $79

Other Options

Other mounting and framing variations may be possible, within reason, and for additional cost. If you have an idea of how you want your piece framed with these packages, come in and discuss it with us. We’ll let you know if it can be done.

Next Time

In our next installment we will discuss some of the variations on matting and give examples of each.

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Value Framing Package

_DSC3971-1We are pleased to introduce a more accessible and framing package. The frame finish and mats have options that can be customized. The maximum recommended size of art or photo is 8×10.

A single mat package is $49, and a double mat package is $59. (Frame only with glass and rear foam board is also available for $39.)

Included in this value package:

  • A 9×11 (inside dimensions) frame available in one of (4) matte black, matte white, walnut, and natural wood finishes. The frames are constructed from quality hardwood and measure 3/4″ wide with a flat, square profile.
  • 99% UV blocking conservation grade glass.
  • Choice of one or two mats, opening cut to properly fit your art or photograph. Mat choices are limited to what we have on hand and may vary from time to time. We generally have a wide selection to choose from.
  • Mounting onto rigid foam core board.
  • Backing paper and hanging hardware installed.

_DSC3975-4Additional features may be available as extra cost add-ons. These include:

  • Closed and open V-grooves.
  • Multiple openings for multiple, small pieces in a single frame.
  • Float or semi-float mounting.

Please ask if you are interested in any of these and we will advise on cost and feasibility.

Frame color choices (slideshow or use arrows to scroll):

 

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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Show and More

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Gingersnaps, chocolate crinkles, and lemon cookies for our opening celebration!

First of all, a big THANK YOU to everyone who braved the snow and cold to come out to celebrate our Grand Opening. It was great seeing so many of you. We hope you enjoyed your visit with us.

 

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A sampling of Don Cornelius’ recent work

We are starting to bring in some new works. Don Cornelius brought us a few of his works this past week. We’re pleased to add him to our roster of artists.

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A sample of new jewelry being featured during our Jewelry Show on Friday, February 2, 5-7 p.m.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day we are hosting a Jewelry Show featuring several favorite artists and a few new ones. Returning are Studio Picea (Sue Savage), Twisted Ginger (Erin Kandoll), and Bespoken (Gretchen Baneyx). New include a familiar name, Grace Wolf with a new line of jewelry, plus Naakée Designs (Mary Folletti and Roz Cruise) and Robert Mills. There are some exquisite bracelets and pendants as well as beautiful earrings and necklaces.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, February 2 between 5 and 7 p.m. for the unveiling of the new lines of jewelry. We will have refreshments available for your enjoyment.

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Handmade Bathbombs by Alicia Pasterski

Finally, we have another new gift item to introduce: Bathbombs handmade by Alicia Pasterski of Juneau. These come in three sizes and are available for under $20 each.

Perhaps one of these, a scented Selkie candle, and a piece of jewelry might make an excellent set of gifts for your Valentine this year!