Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two Tiny Tools Turn Tedious into Terrific

Two of a framer's secret tricks are the point driver and the spacer.

Points are small metal triangles which replace the clips which holds your art within your wood picture frame. A driver secures the points as easily as a stapler binds a stack of paper. The Frame Master Point Driver (F3010) is great for permanent framing and for creating shadow boxes. The FlexiMaster Point Driver (F3030) inserts flexible points, which makes it easy to change out the art in your frame without having to remove the points. Both products feature new lower prices so take advantage!

Spacers, which create an airspace betweeen the art and the acrylic, come in handy when you want to create some depth in your frame without the use of a mat or when the mat's thickness doesn't provide enough of a gap between your art and your acrylic. I was originally inspired to add spacers to our line after seeing an Olafur Ellison exhibit in Chicago a few years ago. The photographs were beautifully and simply framed with frames and spacers, which added a bit of drama and offered protection to the art.

The spacers we offer, EconoSpace from FrameTek, are neutral pH plastic "peel & stick" cubes which bond to the edge of the acrylic. Simple to install, they disappear under the frame's face and prevent paper buckling, image transfer, and adhesion of the artwork to the acrylic. Available in two sizes: 1/8" in clear and 1/4" in clear or black. All come in lengths of 2', 3' and 5' and are easliy cut with a utility knife. Sold in bundles of 12.

As always, if you have any questions, please give us a call! (800) 537-0944 M-F, 8:30 - 5:30 EST.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Taking Your Art on the Road!

Summer is the season for travel—even for art!  When you take your work to shows and galleries, take along these helpful supplies:  

Acrylic/Plexi-glass cleaning cloths
 — These 3M cloths lift dust, fingerprints and skin oils off plexi-glass so you can let everybody pick up your prized work for a closer look.
Acrylic/Plexi-glass cleaner & polish — Show your work at its best.  This polish removes static, reduces fingerprints, repels dust and improves shine.

 Acrylic/Plexi-glass scratch remover kit
 Includes 2 oz. of cleaner, fine scratch remover, heavy scratch remover and cleaning cloth.

 Corrugated Corner Protectors— Protects frame corners during moves and storage.  Adjustable to two thicknesses: ¾”" and 1 3/8”. Minimum order of 4 corners.

 Polypropylene resealable bags — Re-sealable, 4 mil bags protect unframed art while offering a clear view.  Pkg. of 100 available in 5” x 7”, 8” x 10”, 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” , and 20” x 24”.

 TIP: Never use glass cleaners or paper towels on acrylic/plexi-glass.  They will scratch and cloud the surface.

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For additional tips & hints, watch our Framing Videos.
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