Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hanging your Wood Frames - It's Easier Than You Think

Attaching hanging hardware to a solid wood frame is easier, faster and more full-proof than many people think.  There are two basic types of hangers: a sawtooth hanger for frames 11x14 and smaller and picture wire for larger frames.  
All you need to install a sawtooth hanger is a small level, a hammer, a pencil and a tape measure.  The hanger itself will come with your frame.  

Installing a Sawtooth:
1. Measure for the center of the frame’s top rail and mark with a pencil.  
2. Line up the center of the sawtooth hanger with your mark, using the small level to be sure the hanger is straight.  
3. Tap the ends of the hanger lightly with a hammer.  If you make a mistake you can pull the sawtooth out and start over.  
For larger frames, use picture wire strung between two eyehooks.  The eyehooks come with your frame.  The wire can be purchased separately. 

Installing Eyehooks and Wire:
1. Measure one-third of the way down from the frame’s top corners on each side, then mark the spots with a pencil.
2. Pre-drill a hole on each mark and screw in the eye hooks.  
3. To secure the wire, simply thread it through each eye hook, then wrap it back around itself several times. When hung taught from your finger, the center of the wire should be about two inches from the top of the frame.
Tip: Use two nails in the wall for wire-hung pictures.  This ensures the frame will always hang straight.  

When hanging an oversized wood frame (over 24 x 36), there is a trick to wiring so that the weight is distributed evenly across the back and bottom of the frame, protecting the corners of our frame while keeping it secure on the wall.  I took some pictures to illustrate and the steps are described as follows. For this wiring method, you'll want to make sure you have plenty of wire on hand.
1. Start by ordering 2 additional hangers and 2 wood screws (ask for extra long screws for deep frames)
2. Attach hanging hooks on sides of your frame 6 – 8 inches down depending on size of the frame.
3. Attach additional hanging hooks on bottom of your frame approximately 1/3 distance in from each side of the frame. 
4. Attach wire to the bottom left hook. String the wire from that hook up through the side left hook, across the back to the right side hook, and then down to the remaining bottom hook. Twist and attach securely. 

Here, Holly from our plant demonstrates the process.

She measures 8" down each side of the back of the frame and 8" in from each side  where the hooks will be drilled into the bottom of the frame.

Simply drill the wood screws and hangers where you've measured and marked, four in all.

String the wire through starting from the bottom left hanger.

This is what the back of the frame will look like as it's wired from all 4 points.  Again, it is important to attach and twist securely & hang your artwork with 2 nails designed to support the weight of your piece.

For especially heavy pictures or mirrors, we recommend the Hangman Mounting System. With its built in level and easy to use hardware, it can hold up to 200 lbs when mounted directly into the wall studs.

Questions? Comments? Give us a call or post them here. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Nice Testimonial to Share

On this rainy Monday, I was greeted by this testimonial upon my arrival to my office. Thank you Bob for your kind remarks and allowing us to share your experience. The pleasure is all ours!

September 16, 2011

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Over the years I have used your Comapny for framing photos we have taken. Recently I placed another order for prints in my wife's office. A little large at 30"x20", I know from past experience the resolution will be just fine from my Nikon D 90.

The order was placed Tuesday and arrived on Thursday. The work was just great, the packing was outstanding, the speed of service is hard to believe, the web site can be used by an old duffer like me without any problems and the price is fantastic.

You should enter you Company in some contest for most outstanding internet provider in the country. My money is on you.

Finally, as I checked the UPS tracking status of my order on Thursday and saw it would arrive that day, I was sitting at my computer thinking what a great company. An e-mail from my son who lives in Chicago arrived. It said "American Frame is amazing". I replied why? He responded. Ordered 2 pics printed and framed Monday night, 50 bucks each, free shipping, got here today." Obviously I've told my family and friends about you guys.

Thanks for your great service. It's a pleasure doing business with your company. Feel free to use this letter any way you want.

With Best Regards,

Bob C.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sept 2011 Featured Artist Dan Robbins, Creator of 'Paint by Numbers'

The Art of Framing: Framing DIY Art
The elusive nature of art captivates all of us at one time or another in our lives, and many people seek the peace and sense of accomplishment that producing their own work provides. This spirit was tapped back in 1950 when Dan Robbins helped to create the first Paint by Numbers kit in cooperation with Max S. Klein, the owner of Palmer Paint Company in Detroit. At one point as many as twelve million paint-by-number kits were sold per year. Though demand dwindled in the late 1950’s, Robbins’ designs have since become both collectible treasures and the subject of museum exhibitions, often as sociological artifacts.

A commercial artist, Robbins has always recognized that what he does straddles the line between art and craft, but he’s rightfully proud of this. His work has allowed many who would not otherwise have the expertise or time to paint to enjoy a creative outlet. And who’s to say how many budding artists were inspired to great things through his kits?

Gone But Not Forgotten by Dan Robbins
In March of 2001 The Smithsonian Museum opened an exhibit called “Paint by Numbers: Accounting for Taste in the 1950’s.” For the exhibition catalog, Robbins designed an image called “Manhattan Skyline” to appear on the inside front and back covers. Later, the image was to be made available as a paint-by-numbers kit, but September 11, 2001 made the project, whose image was dominated by the Twin Towers, impossible. Robbins has since re-imagined the design, this time with the Towers ghosted. A portion of the sales of “Gone But Not Forgotten” will help support the non-profit organization “Voices of 9/11,” a group which advocates on behalf of those families affected by the tragedy.

We are honored to know Dan and feature his work on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.
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