Does anyone here make their own frames? I got started because I couldn't afford good frames and didn't like dept store frames. Going to try and get in some examples here. The "Monger Ranch" was in "Talking Photo's" in Jan 2001 I think it was. The frame is made from wood picked up on site with the owners permision. It's over 100 yrs old! The others are made of old fence rails and barn boards from friends places. Also trying to get in a corner sample. I don't make them for anyone else now but if your intrested, I'll tell you how. Looks like I can't get the "Monger Ranch" in.
Well only one made it. I'll try a corner here.
Don, nice frame. I thought about this also, but just doing BW Walmart offers a frame for my 16+20 prints I cannot afford to make. When it comes to matting and larger frames then that all changes. I would love to build my own frames, but spend too much shooting images. Great idea though. Monte Johnson.
Make your own? Best is to purchase what you need. Florida Frames sells frames to artists at wholesale prices. But you will probably have to order at least a half dozen at a time.
You might like to check out Graphic Dimensions@ www.pictureframes.com
You can upload the picture and try out different frame and mat combinations, no charge.
But their frames are way more expensive than Florida Frames.
I have a ton of resources like this on the resource web site to my forum.
I hate to say this Ronk and Larry, but you make frames sound like a necessary evil. One thing I've noticed about many photographers is that they worry about ANYTHING taking away from their photo. Well not that many photos can stand alone and a good framing and matting job that compliments rather than detracts or over powers a photo seem's to me to make everything better. But then I think people look better with clothes that compliment them on as apposed to off!
>>But then I think people look better with clothes that compliment them on as apposed to off!<<
For most of the country you are probably correct. Where I lived and worked for over 30 years (Hollywood) I would not agree<S>. Having lunch at a sidewalk cafe always came with free entertainment, sidewalk eye candy.
Depends on where you're coming from. If you are an amateur and have the time to frame one photo for display or to give to a friend, more power to you. If you're selling framed photographs on a weekly basis, the more you can do in an automated process, or have someone else do for you inexpensively, the better.
So when someone asks about framing, I'll give a different answer than another photographer might.
I have three mat cutters and 16 feet of framing table in my basement, including one mat cutter mounted on the wall. But I now purchase all my mats pre cut and aluminum frames in bulk, trying my hardest not to spend more time than I have to doing any framing at all so I can continue to run other aspects of marketing my photography. In fact, I've just gone to 30x40 gallery wrapped canvases because it's made it easier to fill up a display at art shows doing no work at home, and allows me to sell my work for a higher price point.
For over 30 years I have found anything between creating (shooting and Photoshop) the art and selling it to be a necessary evil.