I was able to take a couple of framing classes at work,, the lady that taught the classes really opened my eyes to the art of framing and matting pictures and other articles suitable for framing. I never spent much time thinking about it before, just thought you bought a frame for a few bucks and slapped your picture inside and hung it on the wall,,, Well of course you could do that. But, when you see what goes into getting some material professionally mounted, there is a great deal more to it then just standing in line at Kmart,,, hahahah just the price to have your peice mounted will tip you off to that fact.
The lady had catalogs you could order your frame parts from. They were from the simple to quite elaborately molded frames, and the cost of those frame pieces were amazingly expensive,, even the plain looking simplest profiles cost maybe $10 for a 10 foot stick of frame stock, ( and those were of the plainest of frames ), and it got expensive FAST....
Being cheap by nature, hahah,, I made my own, on a router table, out of some oak boards I had,,, after doing some with just some different profiles on them,, I decided to try my hand at doing some with some inlays,, such as Oak with Black walnut inlay,, After doing the first one,, and finding out just how simple it actually was to do,, I then made up some more stock and took them into the class and made my frames up out of my own stock,, it cost me about NOTHING,, while the others in that class were laying out some pretty impressive money for their frame parts,,
The home made frames were a hit with the people in there,, especially when they learned of the money savings,,, Even the instructor was thinking of getting her husband a router table for christmas after that,, hahahah,,
its very easy to make your own framing stock,, in place of buying it,,, since ya got to cut the miters anyway,,, you will do nothing but save money,, and LOTS of it..., and ya will be left with the pride of making them all yourself
Take your material you are going to frame and get an estimate of how much it would cost to have it professionally mounted,,, once ya get over the "Sticker shock",, that aught to intice you to think again about making your own frames from scratch,,,
(for some reason,, I cannot add photos to this post using Exployer,,, so I will come back with the pictures on the next post using firefox, which seems to work ok)
It seems like every where I go,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, there I am...