Custom DIY picture framing 2014
December 24, 2014 12:31 PM   Subscribe

What are the current best places for ordering custom-sized picture framing components to assemble myself at home?

I have some odd sized pictures I want to frame. I don't really want to pay for custom framing, and I don't want to try to make them fit into a standard sized frame (even with a custom mat it's going to be awkward with some of them). I'm comfortable mounting the photos, assembling the frames, etc., but I don't have the equipment to cut mats or plexi myself (and I don't really want to get THAT into it). I don't care too much about archival materials (nothing I'm framing is one of a kind), but I do want high quality.

In past years, I've ordered custom cut frames, mats and plexi from Light Impressions. But it's been a few years, and I was never in love with them. Most of the existing threads here are pretty old, so I thought I'd ask again. I'm hoping there are some better options these days.

posted by primethyme to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I've ordered numerous frames from and been very pleased. You can also buy plexiglass from them. I can't speak to their mats, as I always buy the mat locally so I can pick just the right color.
posted by DrGail at 1:18 PM on December 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I haven't used them yet, but American Frame comes up a lot on photographers' forums as a good source.
posted by The Deej at 8:21 PM on December 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Yes, American Frame. They're great.
posted by killdevil at 7:04 AM on December 25, 2014

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