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Question About Mats/Framing

So how tough is cutting custom mats? We have a nice local framing shop, and we like to buy local, but I just got two tiny watercolors (see more from the series she did here), inspired by some pix from my garden that I posted on FB. On the two she sent me, the quote is split between the two. So I would need a mat with a double opening to frame them together (either that, or two tiny separate frames).

I just know that getting them framed will cost beaucoup de bucks. And I haven't been doing anything crafty recently.

So these are iris and crocus from my front yard, taken with the cell phone camera. I had used this for my cover photo on FB.

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Mar. 29th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
If you want a nice mat with the 45º angle window and everything and you don't have the specific ruler+cutter that will allow you to do it with precision, I would say it's pretty hard. And actually the materials to do it well are expensive, so I would actually pay for it if you want it well done. I think it's not unreasonably expensive. Try asking in Fine Arts stores and not only framing shops (if the place where you live is big enough).

If you're okay with a 90º angle window or if you're crafty and can build some makeshift 45º ruler/cutter you can do it at home. My advice is to use a new blade, exquisitely sharp to do it. You can try to make some tests with some worthless board and judge the results before deciding. But in my opinion, it's not easy.
Mar. 29th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there are a few inexpensive 45-degree mat cutters on the market, but they're kind of flimsy-looking and I don't know how easy they would be to use. The ones that actually look reasonably sturdy are not cheap, so they're probably not worth it unless you want to do a LOT of DIY framing.

If the prints are small enough, another option could be pre-cut mats with double openings - you can usually find them with openings sized to fit standard smaller photo prints, like this:


Mar. 29th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
Custom mats are significantly cheaper to order online than buy in a store, although I'm lazy, so I haven't yet gotten around to ordering any and couldn't speak to relative quality.
Mar. 30th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
I've gotten mats cut the most cheaply (as well as glass or plexiglass) at either Michael's Arts & Crafts or Ben Franklins, if you have either of those in your neck of the woods.

When I can't get out to go there, or they don't have what I need, I've had the best online luck with pictureframes.com online - I've had both mats cut, and entire custom frames, mats, and glass made. They are very reasonable, especially if you can find a frame from one of their ones on sale, and they are very quick to deliver, and it's a very user-friendly site, with a good selection of both frames and mat colors and styles.
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