Specific Item Number:
If you know the specific item number
(from a previous order or catalog)
enter the number or part of the number here.
If you don't know the specific item number
you can search for a frame by choosing any
combination from the lists below. For
example if you wish to frame a canvas with
a sloped face in gold you would choose from
Rabbet Depth all selections over 7/8" of an
inch, Sloped Face and Canvas Depth from Pick
a Frame Type and gold, yellow, yellow/green
or yellow/orange from Pick a Major Color
Group. In this case the rabbet depth is the
most important parameter so it would be best
not to choose a Height or Width Range. In
other words, narrow your search with the most
important variable which in this case is a
stretched canvas so the rabbet depth becomes
the most important element. Results are listed by:
1) color group order (silver, gold etc.) and item number or
2) just the item number.
Pick A Manufacturer:
Choose a specific manufacturer if you know it.
Pick a Height Range:
This is the overall height of the frame,
i.e from the wall out to the face. Choose
a specific height. Multiple choices are
Pick a Width Range:
This is the overall width of the frame,
i.e also known as the face of the frame
which is what you see if you look straight
at the frame when it is hanging on the wall.
Choose a specific width. Multiple choices are
Pick a Rabbet Depth:
This is the amount of space available for you
to place your artwork, matting, backing, glazing,
i.e. the frame package. For example, the N58
frame has the narrowest rabbet which is 3/8".
This depth will take a frame package consisting
of a photo, glass, a single mat and 1/8" foamboard.
If you had a canvas stretched on regular
stretcher bars you would need to select a frame
with a rabbet depth of at least 7/8" such as the
N68 or N22.
If you know what style you want select it fromthe
drop- down list or click View All Styles.
Pick a Frame Type:
The frame type refers to the general shape of the
face of the frame. Multiple choices are acceptable.
Pick a Major Color Group:
The color groups are defined by the colors on
the color wheel. For example a gold frame might
be found under gold, yellow, yellow/green or
yellow/orange. We have added the following
subcategories to the color wheel colors to make it
easier for you to find some of the more popular
colors. These are Silver, Gold, Pewter (Blue Tone),
Grey, Black, Brown and White. Within Wood Frames
the finishes Natural Clear, Dark Walnut and Coffee
would all be found under Yellow. Honey Pecan
would be found under Orange, Rich Mahogany
under Red and Dark Cherry under Red/Orange.
Pick a Mat Type:
Choose the type of matboard. Multiple choices are
acceptable. Our website currently displays only
Bainbridge® matboards. We also carry Crescent
matboards. If you wish to order Crescent matboards
we ask that you send us your order via the U.S.
Postal Service or via fax or email (do not fax or email
credit card info). We carry five major types of mat
board - Paper Mat, Alpha Mat, Fabric Mat, Museum
(Rag) Board and Filet Board. Within each group
there may be sub-groups. For example, within Fabric
Mat there are Denim Mats, Suede Mats, Raw Silks,
etc and within Alpha Mat there are Standard Colors,
Canyon Moss, etc. These sub-groups have different
textures and finishes. Please remember that these
textures and finishes as well as the colors themselves
may be very subtle and therefore difficult to see on a
computer monitor. All mat boards (full sheets and
cut mats) are sold as a final sale. There are no refunds
or exchanges on mat boards (full sheets and cut mats).
To assure accuracy we suggest you purchase mat
samples. The mat samples are fifty cents (.50) each
and are about 1" x 2 3/4".
Bainbridge® Papermat-This mat is buffered to an
alkaline pH. It provides consistent colors, clean,
creamy bevels and smooth cuts. This is not an acid free
mat and does not meet conservation quality standards.
It is the least expensive type of mat available.
Papermat Filets are 1-ply metallic boards usually used
as the bottom mat in a double mat combination. They
are not conservation quality.
Alphamat® Artcare™ offers the most extensive selection
of museum-quality preservations boards available today.
They feature the latest colors and have a solid white
archival core for clean, consistent bevels. They are fade
and bleed-resistant with color consistency for colors that
stay true for the life of your art.
Alpharag® is available in a 4-ply 100% cotton rag using
traditional conservation standards (non-Artcare™) in
white (B8605) and ivory (B8606A).
Alpharag® Artcare™ is a musem quality 100 percent
cotton rag board that utilizes the Artcare™ technology.
Artcare™ products move conservation framing from the
passive protection of the past - which, simply, does no
harm - to the active protection of the future. Artcare™
proactively traps and neutralizes the pollutants and acid-
by-products that damage your artwork. The technology
is engineered into the very fibers of Artcare™ products.
Fabrics and Textures have an Alphamat® archival core
and backing. The Artcare™ Alphalinens (Items B4020
through B4027) are made from the finest Belgian linen
and provide conservation protection with archival core,
backing and surfaces.
Pick a Backing/Foamboard Type:
Choose the type of backing/foamboard. Multiple
choices are acceptable. All backing/foamboards (full
sheets and cut backing) are sold as a final sale. There are
no refunds or exchanges on backing/foamboards (full
sheets and cut backing).
Acid Free Foamboard is made with acid free face papers
and may be used for mounting and backing. It is not recommended
for high end preservation work. For preservation work we suggest
ArtCare™ Foamboards. Acid Free Foamboard is available in
32x40 3/16" thick (Item # AFB) and 32x40 1/8" thick (Item # AFBT).
Alphamount® ArtCare™ is a pure alpha cellulose mounting board
that offers superior ridigity and a surface that is ideally suited for
hinges and corner pockets. Incorporating the ArtCare™ technology
for added protection against external pollutants and internal vices,
Alphamount® ArtCare™ is available in 2 ply barrier/interleaving
paper (White Item # B8732 or Ivory Item # B8733) and in standard
4 ply mount board thicknesses (White Item # B8734 or Ivory Item
ArtCare™ Archival Foamboards provide unique protective
absorption of compounds off-gassed by polystyrene foam,
while offering the rigidity and light weight of traditional
foamboards. Featuring an alkaline pH liner of 100 per cent
purified wood alpha cellulose, ArtCare™ Archival
Foamboard is suitable for framing and storage applications.
It is available in size 32x40 3/16" thick (Item # ACFB) or
32x40 1/8" thick (Item # ACFBT).
ArtCare™ Restore™ Foamboard has a low temperature
(150 degrees) dry mount adhesive pre-applied to the board for
easy one step dry mounting. ArtCare™ Restore™ is an archival
heat-activated foamboard that allows art to be reversed to its
pre-mounting condition. The non-permeable adhesive meets all
archival standards and can be completely removed from the art.
ArtCare™ Restore™''s breakthrough adhesive activates at low
temperatures and short dwell times, making it safe for most art.
ArtCare™ Restore™ gives you the fastest, easiest and safest
mounting option available. You can mount art in just 15-30 seconds
on a mechanical press or as little as 2 minutes in most vacuum presses!
ArtCare™ Restore™ offers an ultra smooth mount not achievable
with other archival mounting methods. ArtCare™ Restore™ offers
a permanent mount that is reversible when reheated to 150 degreees.
ArtCare™''s patented technology actively protects art from the
harmful effects of outgassing and from damaging pollutants, something
no other foamboard can do. It is available in size 32x40 3/16"
(Item # ACRS).
Heat Activated Foamboard has the dry mount adhesive (mounting
temperature 180 degrees) pre-applied. This makes mounting an easy
one step process. This is regular foamboard suitable for non-archival
applications. It is available as 32x40 3/16" thich (Item # FBHA) or
24x36 3/16" thick (Item # FBHA2436).
Pressure Sensitive Foamboard is a self-adhesive white foamboard
that offers an alternative to dry mounting. The ideal solution when
cold mounting is required. It is as easy as peel and stick. It is initially
repositionable, but becomes permanent within a few hours. When
working with larger sizes this board is "technique sensitive". It is
available in size 32x40 3/16" thick (Item # FBPS).
Regular Foamboard is lightweight yet sturdy and is ideal for
all non-archival mounting applications. Clay-coated for an extra
smooth surface, this multi-purpose foamboard is bright white on
both sides. It is available in size 32x40 3/16" thick (Item # FB),
32x40 1/8" thick (Item # FBT), and 24x36 3/16" (Item # FB2436).
Regular Mounting Board has an alkaline, white, blemish-free surface
paper on a smooth newsboard core. Perfect for non-conservation
mounting. It is available in size 32x40 as a Single Thick board
(about the same thickness as regular matboard-Item # B2U)
or as a Double Think board (Item # B4U) It is perfect for
Thick and Rigid Foamboard is regular foamboard 1/4" thick which
makes it more rigid but still ideal for all non-archival mounting
applications. Clay-coated for an extra smooth surface, this
multi-purpose foamboard is bright white on both sides. Available
in size 32x40 1/4" thick (Item # FBHB).
Total Black Foamboard has black face papers as well as a black
core. Great for mounting items with writing on the back (such as
newspapers) or for "floating" items off a bottom mat. This is a
lightweight yet sturdy regular foamboard and is ideal for all
non-archival mounting applications. Available in size 32x40
3/16" thick (Item # FBTB) and 24x36 3/16" thick (Item # FBTB2436).
Total Black Heat Activated Foamboard has black face papers as
well as a black core. It is great for mounting items with writing on the
back (such as newspapers) or for "floating" items off a bottom mat.
The pre-applied dry mount adhesive (mounting temperature 180
degrees) makes mounting an easy one step process. This is regular
foamboard suitable for non-archival applications. Available in size
32x40 3/16 " thick (Item # FBTBHA).
Pick the right size screw eye:
Screw eyes are used with wire.We carry nine different sizes of
short shank screw eyes. Screw eyes are sold only in boxes of
200 pieces per size. The smallest size AW2175 should not be
used on any frame larger than 5x7. The AW2165 and AW2155
may be used for sizes up to 8x10. The AW2145 and AW2135
may be used for sizes up to 16x20. The AW2125 and AW2115
may be used for sizes up to 24x36. The AW2105 and AW208
may be used for sizes over 24x36. These recommendations are
a general guide. Other factors such as the width, depth, the rabbet
and the type of wood must be taken into consideration in choosing
the size screw eye to use.We also carry the Super Steel 1 and
Super Steel 2 hangers which are also used with wire. We
recommend these for wood frames. The Super Steel 1 may be
used for most frames up to size 20x24 and the Super Steel 2 hanger
for sizes up to 32x40. If you are framing a wood frame larger than
32x40 we suggest that you use strap hangers and no wire.
Pick the right size and type of wire:
We carry braided wire and plastic coated wire.The plastic coated
wire is only available in 5 lb spools. The braided wire is available
in 5 lb spools or 15 foot coils. As a general rule use #2 wire for
sizes up to 16x20, #3 up to 20x24, #4 up to 24x36 and #6 for
sizes over 24x36. See Categories / Accessories - Wire.
How do I assemble a wood frame:
Each wood sectional frame has a groove cut in each corner
into which a plastic wedge is inserted. Plastic wedges are
included with your order. The plastic wedges replace the traditional
nails. You must still use wood glue. You should be able to push
the plastic wedge into place with your thumb or tap it very lightly
with a hammer. Before doing so however apply wood glue in the
corner and in the groove. Then push the wedge into place one corner
at a time. You can adjust the corner slightly to line up the two
sides. Wipe off any excess glue and allow the glue to set before
going on to the next corner. You must make sure your wood frame
remains square as you join it. HINT: Before gluing and tapping in
the plastic wedges take a marker pen the same color as your
frame and color the cut edges of the frame.
What are Thumbnails®:
Thumbnails® are plastic wedges that slide into grooves cut in the corners
of the frame and replace the traditional nails. You must still use wood glue.
You should be able to push the plastic wedge into place with your thumb
or tap it very lightly with a hammer.
How to order samples:
Samples may be ordered for the following products: metal and wood sectional
frames, mat boards, backing/foamboards and glazing. To order mat board
samples click on Mat Boards. Under Pick a Mat Type click on samples, choose
your specifications, click search and then choose the samples you wish to order.
If you are ordering cut mats you have the option to order a sample after you
have chosen a specific mat. When a specific color is chosen the computer
shows two color swatches. The bottom swatch is used to order a sample.
Mat samples cost fifty cents (.50). The samples are about 1 to 1 1/2" x 2 to 3".
For samples of backing/foamboard and glazing please order these by going to
the comments section at checkout. These samples are also fifty cents (.50) each.
If you are placing an order for other products and we can ship the samples with
that order there are no additional shipping/packaging charges. Metal and
wood sample chips (about 3") are available at no charge if the samples can be
sent with an order. If the wood and metal samples must be sent as a separate
package up to ten (10) sample chips may be shipped for $10.00.
What is a V Groove:
Sometimes you may want more of an accent to your artwork or photo than
just the beveled edge of the cut mat or the reveal of the accent mat(s). For
these occasions a V-Groove might be the perfect touch. Usually spaced
1/2" to 3/4" in from the beveled opening of the cut mat, these V-shaped
grooves reveal the color of the mats core. V-Grooves are especially
effective when using mats with a colored core.
What is a reveal:
To draw more attention to your artwork and photos, double or triple matting
may be used. When double or triple matting, the amount of color shown on
the bottom (accent) mat(s) is usually 1/8" to 1/2" wide. The amount of color
shown on the accent mat(s) is called the Reveal. Accent mat colors can bring
out details and colors in the artwork while monochromatic and same color
can give depth.
How do I assemble a metal frame:
HINT: Before assembling your metal frame take a marker pen
the same color as your frame and color the cut edges of the frame.
How to order double and triple mats:
When designing with double and triple mats, we suggest that you
select the bottom mat (mat closest to the artwork) first. Enter the
mat number and then click on Pick Sizes and Colors. You should
now be at the Cut Mat Selector Page. Under Number of Layers
select Single, Double or Triple. Under Inner Opening choose the
type of opening. Enter the quantity and the dimensions for your mat.
You may enter the dimensions in three different ways but you must
always enter two of the matting parameters. A cut mat (i.e. one with
a window opening) has three parameters to it. These are the Mat
Width and Height, the Opening Width and Height and the Borders.
Once you have entered the dimensions, scroll down and enter the
next mat (the top mat if a double mat or the middle mat if a triple
mat) and if a triple mat the top mat. Please remember to enter the
reveal for the bottom mat (if a double mat) and both the bottom
mat and middle mat (if a triple mat). (See What is a reveal).