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Home Book of
Picture Framing

by Ken Oberreicht

One of the best !

Home Book

This home Book of Picture Framing is the most comprehensive guide to mounting, matting, and framing oil paintings, watercolors, posters, photographs, calendar pages, and greeting cards without spending a fortune...

 

Mat, Mount and
Frame It Yourself

By David Logan

 

Mat Mount and frame it

This demonstrates how easy it is to mat, mount, and frame art on paper and cloth, as well as three-dimensional objects. Readers will discover, step by step...

A very good one !

 

 

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WHERE TO BUY PICTURE FRAMING TOOLS ?

This is a recurring issue for some visitors to this site: "I do not live in a big city ... Where can I buy picture framing tools ? "

This is a problem not always easy to solve ... Unless you have friends who might send you equipment purchased in specialty stores they find primarily in major cities ... you'll be forced to search on the Internet and buy online.

Online stores ? Supplies for the picture framer

We had to make choices ... and the list of online stores that we give is not exhaustive ... We have only cited those that seemed to provide the best service, before and after the sale.

And to compare prices and services, we have chosen as a first step, the LOGAN mat cutters , for which demand is strongest in the world .

Three models are presented in the test:

Logan Team System Mat Cutter.

Classic Mat Cutter MAPEDIt is a complete package that allows you to make 45 ° bevelled cuts.

It includes: 1 set of aluminum 24" (or 40") cutting rule  with scale in centimeters or inches and a non-slip device ideal for beginners as well as a 45 degrees cutting tool with a retractable blade and adjustable cutting depth. 

Very affordable : it's the entry level in LOGAN products.

Logan 301-1: Compact Classic.

Profile cutting rule Maped Logan 301-1 follows the 301-S well known by home picture framers.

It comes with a special mat knife for downsizing matboard and foamboard and a push style 45° bevel cutting head with start and stop indicator cutting tool.

It's the best selling cutting system in the world !

. Logan 750 : Simplex Plus.

Maped Quadra cutting rule

It's almost a professionnal mat cutter... but at a fraction of the price.

A special arm to easily square cardboard or foamboard + a start and stop indicator for overcuts control.

Obviously, the price of the mat cutter is a little high ... but remains affordable for a material of this quality.

 

The cutting tools 45 ° and 90 °.

Cutting tools 45 and 90The most frequently used tool is of course at 45 ° which serves to open the Bevelled windows in your mats and English Bevels...

The cutter 90 ° remains very second flight when squaring plates and cardboard cutting mat.

 

MAPED a real competitor?

The brand MAPED  (MAPED.com) is a French direct competitor on the market of the cutting rules. It's a reference brand on the picture framing tool market... For beginners, advanced and professional users.

Their products :

 

. The Quadra cutting ruler :

It's the MAPED flagship.

An aluminium cutting ruler which is the best selling Cutting System in France !

It comes with 2 sliding cutters, and allows very precise mat opening windows and the easy "squaring" of cardboard plates used in French framing.

It is possible to add a heavy rule(PRODECA) to the Quadra to obtain a true picture framer cutting ruler.

 

. The sliding 45° and straight cutters :

These sliding cutters are very accurate. They hook on the Quadra groove and gently slide in it.

Don't forget it is not possible to cut thick cardboard in a single pass : it is necessary to spend several times the blade, firmly but gently to get a straight cut.

 

. The special 2-blades cutter :

Cutter coudé MapedI love this knife for several reasons. First, the grip is very comfortable : it's rounded, very soft and pleasant to use. Then the handle contains a supply of blades, handy !

But its great advantage, which alone justifies its purchase: the automatic net cutting when you put the 2 blades... The net is an framing ornament often used to emphasize or highlight the document to frame.

Prices and services online ...

Giant Fine ArtsDickBlick is a website specialized in selling equipment and supplies for Fine Arts. Painting, calligraphy, sculpture and other creative hobbies (including framing, which concerns us here). It is a trusted site and generally cheap.

It has a section dedicated to matting and mounting ... Good ! But their search engine on the site seems not very effective : hard to get on the Logan cutting tools for example !

Shipping is free from $200 ... If you do not reach that amount, the shipping rates are a little bit complicated... according to the company responsible for shipping.

DICK
BLICK

Team System
Mat Cutter

LOGAN
301
LOGAN
750
TOOL 45 °
TOOL 90 °
US $ PRICES
$ 41
$ 90
$267
$ 34
35,70

 

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AMAZON.FRNo need to introduce AMAZON ! It is characterized by the great diversity of the items on its online offer : Books, DVDs, Electronics, Photo, TV (with very affordable prices ) ...

It THE REFERENCE : Before placing an order online ... check on Amazon.com ! If you've found better prices elsewhere ... then you make a good deal!

The highlight of AMAZON is the after sale service : satisfied customer or  money back  (this is not just a figment of the imagination but a reality!). And often, the delivery can be free with their premium offer ...

The highlight of AMAZON is the service: satisfied customer or  money back (this is not just a figment of the imagination but a reality!). And often, the delivery can be free by taking advantage oftheir premium offer ...

AMAZON.COM
Team System
Mat Cutter
LOGAN
301
LOGAN
750
TOOL 45 °
TOOL 90 °
US $ PRICES
$ 41
$ 73.05
$ 256.73
$ 28.24
$ 20.95

 

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Art Conservation

ArtSupplies.com  Art Supplies Wholesale is a supplier of art materials for artists, schools, museums and other public/private organizations.

They furnish major brand merchandise at wholesale prices. They try to ship orders within forty-eight hours of receipt. Rush orders can be shipped the same day at no extra charge if received before noon EST.

Free shipping on orders over US $ 250...

 

ALL ART
SUPPLIES
ON
Team System
Mat Cutter
LOGAN
301
LOGAN
750
TOOL 45 °
TOOL 90 °
US $ PRICES
$ 34.26
$ 83.96
$ 239.97
xxxx
xxxx

 

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PLANET art siteFramingSupplies is a US website specialized in selling equipment and supplies for homme picture framing. The site's interface seems old fashioned but is plenty functional.

If you are looking for quality and stylish picture frames, this website site offers a wide selection of these items as well as plenty of other related products.

It includes a section where customers will be able to browse by categories, including aluminium and wood moldings, art supplies, framing equipment, framing supplies and other products.

You also will be able to download the online catalog with all updated information and prices.

 

FRAMING SUPPLIES
Team System
Mat Cutter
LOGAN
301
LOGAN
750
TOOL 45 °
TOOL 90 °
US $ PRICES
xxxxx
$ 75
€ 249.95
xxxx
$ 27

 

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Studio-FramesJerry's Atarama is a very nice site more specialized in the provision of equipment and consumables for framing and cardboard working.

A peculiarity : JA is not only a website... It currently has 15 local retail stores across the US : if you are lucky... you can find a JA store near your home... at the same prices than Internet. Sometimes it's better to see, touch and buy !

FREE Standard Shipping on orders of $175 or more !

To find anything on the website, use the the integrated search engine... Note they sell all foamboards and cardboard you need to mat, mount and frame an art.

Jerry's
Atarama
Team System
Mat Cutter
LOGAN
301
LOGAN
750
TOOL 45 °
TOOL 90 °
US$ PRICES
€ 71.90
$ 76
$ 267
xxxx
$16.99

In conclusion?

Often you will find on the Internet and online sites all that you do not find near your home. This is a supply solution that must be approached with caution, however : the "swindlers sites" are rare ... but they do exist!

Prices are very close to each other... Then choose only webstores giving you the best after sale service ! Do not hesitate to trust the "big names" such as Amazon or Jerry's Atarama ... They have been online for years and make every effort to satisfy their customers (it is their interest!).