As photographers, the ultimate goal is to help your clients preserve their cherished memories with gorgeous portraits displayed in timeless frames. Our frames’ quality construction, on par with the mouldings found at custom framers, have unfinished backs for you to insert your art. This also helps keep costs down and ensure that we’re passing along the best wholesale prices. With finished or unfinished backs, once the frames are hanging on the wall, we guarantee they will look fantastic.
Today, we’re showing you how you can finish your frame backs to provide a framed product that will rival that of a custom framer. A custom and polished presentation for your clients in 8 simple steps (that takes less than 10 minutes). So grab your coffee (or beverage of choice!) and let’s get started.
Step 1: Gather your supplies. We recommend:
- Razor blade. If you’re scared of losing a finger, use a box cutter or an x-acto knife.
- Something small & pointy - we’re using a nail here but a thumbtack would also work
- Double sided tape
- Bottle opener AKA something to pry off the sawtooth hangers
- Tape measure
- Kraft paper cut to the approximate size of your frame
- Not pictured: hammer & your matted photographic artwork that needs framing
Step 2: Gently take off the sawtooth hangers. You can see that we’re using a bottle opener here, which was the perfect size to pop these guys off, but feel free to use whatever you have at your disposal. Measure the distance of the nail holes and write it down for future reference (see step 7).
Step 3: Place the double sided tape along the frame back. Be very careful as the tape is likely to be very sticky. Remove the backing (so satisfying, amiright?).
Step 4: Place your kraft paper on a flat surface. Grab your frame and place it back-side down onto the paper and press firmly along the frame edge to ensure the paper is secured.
Step 5: Gently flip your frame back over, acrylic side down. Fold and crease the kraft paper along each edge of the frame.
Step 6: Place your cutting tool up against the edge of the frame. Cut away the excess paper with a straight, quick motion. Please be mindful of your fingers. (You can also use a metal ruler to help you keep your line straight if you want to cut slightly inward from the outside edge.)
Step 7: Find the nail holes using the measurements from earlier. Mark the holes with a pencil and use your small sharp object to poke holes through the paper where the sawtooth hangers will go. Place the hangers and nails, hammer away.
Step 8: Place your certificate of authenticity. And voilá! You’re all done and can now present your finished frame to your happy clients.
It’s really that easy. We recommend giving yourself a pat on the back (and maybe cracking open a bottle of wine with the bottle opener) because you’ve finished your frame back and still have all 10 fingers!