I found American Frame online and made the decision to purchase some framing supplies for a small project to frame by myself. It was surprisingly easy, and I've since framed many projects. This company has always supplied me with very good quality frames and supplies to do the job correctly.
This past weekend I put my Folk Eggs into a frame and photographed the steps to help you to understand just how easy it was to do.
First, I placed the mounting board (foam core) on a clean surface and then laid the finished work on top. Then I measured around the edges to get an even margin around the edge of the work, and began to pin. I use silk or satin pins which go into the side of the foam core easily. I left them sticking out for the time being. Keep measuring to make sure that the work is centered.
|Looks pretty good so far|
|All taped down and placed into the frame|
Next, you need some kind of backing on that to keep everything clean for many years. I use plain brown kraft paper. Well, mine has little stars on it. Just cut a piece a little smaller than the frame. Brush on a light coating of white glue on the back of the frame and stick that paper on. Then spray a little water on the paper. Really. When it dries, it's nice and flat. Just a light spray, don't soak it.
As I said before, I chose not to use a mat in this framed piece. I also decided not to use glass or plexiglass. I use glass for some projects and both mat and glass for others. American Frame sells these items, and also cuts everything to order for your project.
I hope that this little how-to helps you if you want to become a DIY framer. This is just how I do framing, and I'm sure that there are other methods to each of my steps. I'm always open to suggestions for new or better ways of doing things, and this is no exception. So let me know what you think!