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Best place for frames for 12x18 or 13x19?

 
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Feb 03, 2014 09:20 |  #1

So I ended up getting a Pixma Pro-100, and I'll probably start printing a few larger sizes now and start framing some of this. I know I can just go to michales and get frames of varying quality for varying prices, but I was wondering if there was some where better/cheaper? I've got nothing against ordering 10 or 25 online if they're decent frames as I'm sure it would be cost prohibitive to ship a single frame. Really looking for a frame and matt that'll look half decent and not just a cheap POS.

Any go to sites or stores for this kind of stuff?




  
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Feb 03, 2014 09:32 |  #2

Wood, plastic, metal...?
And consider that maybe you don't need a 12x18" frame for a 12x18" print. Maybe you could select a large enough standard size frame, and then have the matting custom cut to fit your print & frame size.


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Feb 03, 2014 11:21 |  #3

PhotosGuy wrote in post #16660044 (external link)
Wood, plastic, metal...?
And consider that maybe you don't need a 12x18" frame for a 12x18" print. Maybe you could select a large enough standard size frame, and then have the matting custom cut to fit your print & frame size.

I'm not really married to either size. Just looking for something standard. Wood would be fine, don't really have a preference. Just something decent looking I can send to family and put on a wall.




  
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Feb 03, 2014 11:30 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #4

I find that the 12x18 prints on the 13x19 paper mounted in an 18x24 frame double matted to an opening for the 12x18 print works perfectly.

http://www.framedestin​ation.com/ (external link) offers great prices and a variety of options.
There is also http://www.clearbags.c​om …gs-18-x-24d-show-kit.html (external link) for show ready kits, minus the frame and glass, to display and save artwork.

The Pro-100 creates amazing prints, going through lots of paper and ink testing various brands of media, very hard to choose from. :)


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Feb 03, 2014 17:30 |  #5

UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Europe - would help if you said where you were.

I have decent suppliers in the UK but would be costly to ship overseas.


  
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Feb 04, 2014 03:01 |  #6

I have a very useful cut-price shop in Salisbury. They sell a good selection of frames at bargain basement prices. I'm sure that many larger towns will have similar outlets, they just need to be discovered.


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Feb 04, 2014 05:26 |  #7

Frames USA, made in USA, reasonable prices. I like the wood frames, and they do custom sizes. I order 22X30's from them, can put a 3" matte around a 16X24 print and they look great.


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Feb 08, 2014 22:36 |  #8

Brian Lumb Photography wrote in post #16660306 (external link)
I find that the 12x18 prints on the 13x19 paper mounted in an 18x24 frame double matted to an opening for the 12x18 print works perfectly.

http://www.framedestin​ation.com/ (external link) offers great prices and a variety of options.
There is also http://www.clearbags.c​om …gs-18-x-24d-show-kit.html (external link) for show ready kits, minus the frame and glass, to display and save artwork.

The Pro-100 creates amazing prints, going through lots of paper and ink testing various brands of media, very hard to choose from. :)

Have you tried that show kit from clearbags? Was wondering if you printed 12x18 on the 13x19 paper, would the white border show when placed in those mats?


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Feb 09, 2014 07:01 |  #9

We have a couple of Pro printers and mostly print 11x14 images on A3+ paper. We get packages of black frames and white mats from a local Blick art supply store. The wife gets a discount as a retired teacher.
Most of the fames and mats are used in photo exhibitions and contests.

Hobby Lobby, Michaels and other hobby/craft stores would be options. Also stores like Walmart and Target may have some blank frames and mats.

http://www.dickblick.c​om (external link)




  
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Feb 11, 2014 16:59 |  #10

jdaly wrote in post #16675050 (external link)
Have you tried that show kit from clearbags? Was wondering if you printed 12x18 on the 13x19 paper, would the white border show when placed in those mats?

Hi John,
I believe the packs from Clearbags have an opening of 12.5"x18.5 " so you would see a white border. There are other places to purchase pre-cut mat packs, some will sell custom cut sets as well.

This site, Archivalmethods.com, sells exhibition sets that have openings of 11-1/2" x 17-1/2" in the mat. Here is the link: http://www.archivalmet​hods.com …ion-mats-100-cotton-board (external link).

They have other versions out there as well so shop around, depends if you want archival, museum quality, or display quality.
I find them much cheaper than trying to purchase at the local craft stores.

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Feb 11, 2014 19:30 as a reply to  @ Brian Lumb Photography's post |  #11

i really like the aluminum framatic fineline frames. i have 12 of them in my studio. 18x24 inch frame with 12x18 opening. i see them sold pretty cheap in the US. http://www.aifriedman.​com/browse.cfm...mes/2​,264.html (external link) but i don't see the 12x18 size but im sure you can hunt them down

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Feb 14, 2014 08:39 |  #12

Brian Lumb Photography wrote in post #16660306 (external link)
I find that the 12x18 prints on the 13x19 paper mounted in an 18x24 frame double matted to an opening for the 12x18 print works perfectly...

Do you or anyone else here know of a site that provides the various matching of prints, mattes and frames - similar to like you mentioned, but more options? I'd like to mix things up a bit with my prints.

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Feb 14, 2014 10:36 as a reply to  @ Methodical's post |  #13

I've have good luck at the local Goodwill Industries store. I buy old framed art, cheap prints mainly, for 3 or 4 dollars. I toss the art but the frames are generally better quality than the lower priced ones in the art supply stores.


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