How to Build a Picture Frame

David-A-SchummyThe Beginners Guide To Picture Framing
By David A Schummy

Picture Framing is a great hobby to pursue that could always lead to working as a professional framer. You can easily make enough money by making picture frames if you become skilled. You can frame photographs, paintings, watercolors and even your favorite team jersey along with many other things. When you frame really nice things you will be able to impress your family and friends and you may even start to sell them.

The great thing with the craft of picture framing is that it can give families with limited resources the chance to have some really fine home decorations as well as improving their self-esteem since they will be creating these treasures with their own hands. It does take time to become proficient but everyone has to start somewhere in order to become successful. It’s never too late to start learning a new craft and picture framing is a fun hobby to explore as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to frame pictures you should definitely research the resources that are available on the net. You will be able to find plenty of useful framing tips and soon you will start practicing what you’ve learned. You can also get a lot of information from the picture framers forums online where the art of framing pictures is discussed.

When you’ve read a few articles and watched some videos you will know that you need some basic picture framing equipment to start making frames. A good mitre saw is a tool that you can’t live without if you want to become a picture framer. You will also need a decent mat cutter, string clamp and some other basic tools. These tools are the fundamental things you need to get started but you can always expand your equipment as you progress to making more complex picture frames.

Learning how to frame is a very satisfying hobby especially when you can sit back and say “I made that.”
It feels great to know that you’ve made the nice things around your home and your family will be very rewarded as well. Framing is a great skill to develop and perhaps one day it could become your profession if you desire.

I remember one of my students who had a full-time job in a hospital critical care unit telling me they thoroughly enjoyed the release that making a few frames provided. She explained at work when something went wrong at work somebody usually dies but if you cut a picture frame wrong it was no big deal, just fix it up and in the end the result was fantastic. Her experience was always positive. One of the things that has always kept me interested even after 25 years is the look of delight in the eyes of someone you have just framed a picture for.
Everybody gets something out of the craft so I urge you to give it a go.

David Schummy, owner of Fix-a-Frame, is a qualified picture framer from Brisbane, Australia.
David authored 16 of the 22 modules the Australian Government uses to train picture framers. He has taught picture framing to professionals and hobby framers since 1991.

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