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New Addition to Our Assembled Wood Frames: Flexible Framer’s Points

American Frame customers have come to count on our dedication to providing beautiful and smart custom framing solutions that prioritize your unique needs. In our continuously evolving efforts to bring you high-quality products while minimizing shipping damages and maximizing your overall experience, we’re introducing a new addition to the purchase of assembled wood frames: the inclusion of flexible framer’s points. Here’s everything you need to know about this positive change.

What are flexible framer’s points?

Framer’s points are metal pieces inserted into the rabbet of a wood picture frame for the purpose of holding your art stack securely in place. They are used in place of spring clips and are especially useful when ordinary spring clips won’t compensate for your rabbet being much deeper than the height of your art stack. 

Flexible framer’s points are easy to bend upward when you want to remove and replace materials, and then bend back into position without damaging your display piece(s) or supporting materials.

Flexible framer's points used in a wooden picture frameFlexible framer's points used in a wooden picture frame
Flexible framer's points are inserted into the rabbet of a wood picture frame to securely hold everything in place.

Which treatments are now using flexible framer’s points, and why?

American Frame is adding flexible framer’s points to assembled wood frames that include acrylic and mounting boards or mat boards. Because flexible framer’s points help to prevent elements from moving, this addition is designed to minimize damage to the edges of your mats and mounting boards during shipping. 

When you are framing works on paper, this addition also enables you to bypass using the provided spring clips. Instead, simply secure your art with the already applied flexible framer’s points.

What should I do if my frame was shipped with flexible framer’s points?

When you receive one of our assembled wood frames with flexible framer’s points attached, the process is simple: 

  • Bend the points up and remove your materials, including the acrylic, mat board (if used) and mounting board. 
  • Prepare your art stack by attaching your artwork and peeling the protective paper off both sides of the acrylic. 
  • Add your art stack back to the frame.
  • Bend the points back into place.
Bend the flexible framer's points upwards to remove your materialsBend the flexible framer's points upwards to remove your materials
Prepare your artstack and remove the protective paper off the acrylicPrepare your artstack and remove the protective paper off the acrylic
When you receive a wood picture frame with framer's points simply bend them upwards to remove your materials, prepare your art stack, and bend the points back into place.

What if I’m not framing a work on paper?

If you are framing something thicker than a piece of paper, the flexible framer’s points may not work to secure your art stack. When this is the case, simply bend the points upward, remove your components (acrylic, mounting board and mat board), and pull the framer’s points out of the frame with a pair of pliers. You can then mount your artwork and secure it within the frame using the provided spring clips.

Flexible framer's points can be removed with pliersFlexible framer's points can be removed with pliers
Flexible framer's points can easily be removed with a pair of pliers.

As always, we are here to make custom framing as simple and accessible as possible, so please reach out to our expert team with any additional questions you may have.

May 10, 2022
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