Custom Framing Costs
I ordered a print of a photo I took from deviantart. It is 9 x 12 in. I am going to frame it and give it to my parents for Christmas. I have a custom framing store in mind, but I don’t really know how it works, as I wasn’t paying attention when I was last there. What is the price range? Will the salespeople help me? What kinds of glass are there? How long will it take? Any information you could give me would be great, thanks so much. Essentially — the sales people will help you and will explain everything to you. the prices vary greatly by type of frame you pick, type of matting you pick (if any), whether or not you’re doing archival framing, the type of glass used, and whether or not the framers at the shop are certified custom framers and whether or not the shop participates in a custom framing guild or professional organization for custom framers. your price range could be as cheap as $20 and as expensive as several hundred dollars. standard sizes and ready made frames cost the least. 9×12 is a standard size. If you want a mat, then 11×16 and 16×20 are the next 2 standard sizes up from 9×12. there is regular glass, non glare glass, plexiglas, and non glare plexiglass. the non glare glass is usually treated for blocking UV as is the plexiglass. regular glass is the cheapest. non glare glass is for something that will have a light shining on it or be in a sunny location. plexiglass is lighter than glass but it scratches very easily. plexiglass is usually used in large pieces where the weight of the glass would tear the frame apart. plexiglass is never used over pastel chalk pieces because the static electricity from the plastic will pull the chalk off of the paper. depending on how busy the store is, how much stock they keep on hand and whether or not they build their frames there or send out for them, they could complete your piece in a few hours to several weeks. the closer you get to the holiday the busier the store should be and the longer you will have to wait for your piece to be complete. (if the store isn’t busy for the holiday season then they aren’t very good at what they do. )
Pierre at Opus Art Supplies on Granville Island gives us an overview of the Opus Custom DIY Framing Service. Instructions, mat. . .