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A frame is meant to show-off and protects your artwork. Picking the perfect color, style, or size is what we are here to help you with. Stop in to view our showroom to try numerous different corner samples with your artwork. Seeing the combination together will help with your frame choice.

Chop & Thumbnail Assembly Tips:

1.  Lay the custom frame lengths face down on a flat surface.
2.  Apply a light coating of wood or all-purpose glue on the frame ends then align the first frame corner and insert the included thumbnail inserts into the routed slots as much as possible with your thumb; then turn over, and over a hard, flat surface press down with the palm of your hand as the thumbnail pushes up into the slot.  Repeat for the other three corners.
3.  Gently turn the frame over so it is lying flat on its back.  Ensure corners are tight, wipe off any excess glue and allow it to set.  For framing very heavy objects, such as mirrors, it is best to reinforce the frame corners using steel angles that can be acquired from a local hardware store for a few dollars per set.

Here is a video link showing how to assemble a chopped and thumbnailed moulding: 

Assembly of Chop & Thumbnailed Moulding

Hanging Tips:

Sawtooth hangers are meant for frames 8x10 and smaller. Generally, wire is best for frames larger than 8x10 and up to a weight of 30 lbs. For frames over 30 lbs., use separate hangers on each side of the frame back, and no wire. If a wire is used on a heavy frame, the sides pull toward the center, and corner joints are strained; also, top and bottom rails of the frame tend to bow.

A small piece of cellulose tape placed on the walls before the supporting nail or hook is driven in will prevent the plaster from chipping.

Bumpons placed in the lower corners of the back of a frame will keep the picture from tilting and will also prevent the wall from becoming streaked.

If you would like suggestions on what to use to hang your frame properly, please give us a call and we would be happy to help you.

Tips on Product Care:

Framing your art is supposed to take care of your artwork. Preservation is important, because most damage to artwork is caused by improper framing.

Each frame has had some sort of varnish or unique finish applied to it. Therefore, it would not be in the best interest of the frame to apply any type of cleaning product to it. Some varnishes and finishes will start to come off when water or chemicals are used to clean them. A dry rag is the best way to remove dust from your frame.