Understanding, Using and Transporting Metal Frames

The topic of the #AFchat for today was "Understanding, Using and Transporting Metal Frames with Mike". It was more of a conversation on Twitter about metal frames.

Read through the summary of the #AFchat.

Mike Cromly | 7/31/2014 4:22:35 PM | 2 comments

Watercolor Artists Can Frame (Because, Really, We Don’t Have A Choice)

We are pleased to announce award-winning watercolor artist, Cady Driver, as our guest blogger for today's 'Ask Mike' blog article.

In my art circles, I’ve heard numerous watercolor artists bemoan the fact that they absolutely hate framing and they never know how to mat or what frames to choose or how to get that one wrinkle out of their paper. It IS a big hassle to frame, because we watercolorists would rather be…you know…doing fun watercolor related things and not framing, but it is a huge necessity if you want to successfully show and sell your art.

Mike Cromly | 7/28/2014 3:46:03 PM | 3 comments

Stacking Metal Frames: Framing Treatment Technique

Stacking frames is a technique in which two frames are used to create a single treatment by layering a smaller frame inside a larger one. Often, the frames are different profiles and materials (i.e. wood paired with metal). The concept is similar to using a linen liner, but with far more options in style and color.

Mike Cromly | 7/23/2014 11:03:06 AM | 7 comments

Glass Vs Plexiglass on #AFchat

The #AFchat on Twitter for 7/3/2014 was broken up into two topics. The first was about the History of Metal Frames and then we finished with me (@AskMike400) Tweeting about Plexi vs Glass.

Mike Cromly | 7/4/2014 1:01:55 PM | 0 comments

Metal Frames: How to Place and Space Spring Clips

Installing spring clips in metal frames is an easy and essential task when assembling your treatment. The first question is quantity. How many clips you need depends on the size of the frame. In all cases, you need enough to hold the “art stack” securely against the frame’s rabbet and this usually means at least 2 per side, which is why our frames all come with 8 spring clips.

Mike Cromly | 7/4/2014 6:30:00 AM | 4 comments

About this blog

Mike Cromly
So, who’s Mike? He is the man behind the mission of getting your picture frames produced and out the door quickly, correctly, with custom frame shop quality. Once your order is placed, it is in the hands of Mike and the many people he has trained over his 35+ years with the company. A natural teacher, he loves to tinker and experiment. Of course he has a nice office, but we rarely find him there. Working in the plant and improving our processes is his passion. Outside of American Frame, Mike is an outdoorsman, avid fisherman, devoted family man and Ohio State Buckeye fan. Mike's Twitter
For more tutorials and articles, take a look at our other blogs - A Good Frame of Mind or At Your Service

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