Framing Artwork with a Wood Frame: When to Use a Point Driver

We recommend using a point driver when securing artwork into a wood frame (but not for use with wood canvas floaters), to secure a linen liner into a wood frame, and also to secure a canvas stretcher bar into a wood frame.

Mike Cromly | 1/28/2014 10:31:08 AM | 2 comments

DIY Picture Framing Enhancements

American Frame currently has 321 different mouldings in our line-up. We routinely remove and add selections as trends come and go.

Mike Cromly | 1/22/2014 2:51:51 PM | 0 comments

The Basic Tools Every Framer Needs

Stock up on some simple tools to make all your DIY picture framing projects a pleasure. When we frame, our objective is to give ourselves professional results, which is very simple with the right supplies. Our primary goals in the framing process should be to use tools that feel good in our hands, keep the dust out of the work area and the art, to properly secure our art in the frame so it holds up over time and to keep the work polished and protected once you hang it up.

Mike Cromly | 1/15/2014 9:39:48 AM | 0 comments

The Anatomy of a Picture Frame

This post discusses the various frame components that may be included in any picture frame treatment and the order in which they should typically appear within the rabbet of your frame. Starting from the top there is the acrylic and mat board, followed by the artwork and the mounting board. Pretty simple, right? Each category contains a number of products that may seem confusing if you’re new to framing or are not familiar with the industry terms. Let’s discuss them in detail.


Mike Cromly | 1/8/2014 9:17:46 AM | 0 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
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