|Nielsen Wood Frame Kit - as purchased|
But I was also very excited and a bit intimidated to venture into the world of framing. I've framed before but I wanted to find an affordable frame that was easy to assemble and to exactly the right size. I instantly thought of Nielsen frame kits, you know, the metal frames that many photographers use. I love their simplicity but I don't like the coldness of the metal next to my paintings or drawings. So I searched, and searched, and searched. Nothing was affordable and nothing was exactly the right size. These particular pieces are 15" square which is a little awkward for store-bought frames. Then I came across something I was unfamiliar with, Nielsen's wood frame kits! Exactly the warmth that I wanted, easy to assemble, and from a name that I trust. They come in 3 colors: black, mahogany, or natural pine.
You purchase the kits by the interior size that you need-- each kit is a set of two sides so you will need to buy two kits per frame that you are looking to make. In my case, I purchased 2 sets of 15" kits per frame. (If you want an 8x10" frame you'd buy one kit that's 8" and one that's 10")
|how the sides assemble|
|Blogger won't upload this in the correct direction. What jerks.|
|a full view of the back - I glued my business card to the back of the mounting board and wrote my title on it|
Some additional specs: The 1-1/8" rabbet accepts stretched canvas or matted or mounted art. Has a 3/4" face and 1-1/2" side depth. Sits very nicely on a wall!
Where can you find the best price on these frames-- glad you asked because I found that out, too. Jerry's Artarama had the best price I could find.
If you wind up using these or have used them in the past, let me know! I'd like to know what you think of them. I still don't love framing but this is inexpensive and relatively easy.