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Bob Vila Radio: Picture Frames

If you’ve got a piece of art or a special photo you’d like to display, but the cost of professional framing is hanging you up, you might try doing it yourself.

DIY Picture Frames

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Listen to BOB VILA ON PICTURE FRAMES, or read the text below:

You can have the frame rails and stiles, glass, and mat cut for you at home-and-craft centers, but picture frame molding, glass, and mat material are also available in lengths and sheets for you to cut yourself.

You’ll need a miter saw or a simple miter box, a mat cutter, and a glass cutter. If you’re doing a lot of frames, consider springing for a miter corner clamp as well to make the job easier.

Once you’ve carefully measured and bevel-cut the mat, secure your art piece to the back of it with acid-free tape. Glue, fasten, and clamp the corners of the frame securely.

Clean the glass and insert it; add the matted art and a backing sheet; and secure it all with glazing points. And glue a sheet of craft paper over the back to keep the dust out.

Opt for acid-free materials and UV-filtering glass whenever possible to keep your art from yellowing over time.

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