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Offering picture frames, posters, art and more for over 30 years! www.frameusa.com has a great selection, low prices, fast delivery and friendly staff.

At Frame USA, we champion our craft. We make all of our art, frames, and more inside our warehouse. All wood frames produced from Frame USA are 100% made in America! We take great pride with that because not only are we able to produce everything in house, we are still able to offer highly competitive prices.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 2, Match 2

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 3 is….

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FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2, MATCH 2

The ultimate wood frame has been decided! We move on to match 2 of Round 2 to decide the ultimate metal frame. Glory Metal faces Metal I in this exciting match. Who will move on to the final four and fight for the chance at becoming the ultimate picture frame.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 2 of Round 2 will expire 3/28/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Glory metal Match frame Team Metal I Round 1 Match 1

Check back to see who will be the winner of this match!

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 1, Match 8

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

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FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 8

This is it, the final match in Round one of the picture frame championship. 16 teams began, 7 spots have been chosen by loyal fans, one more spot remains. The two frames that will be facing against each other for the final match in round 1 bring us back to the specialty category. The past 7 matches have decided which two teams will be moving on from the wood category, the metal category and the poster frame category.

The winner of this match will face the winner of Match 6 to decide the ultimate Specialty Frame. In Match 8 our Shadowbox Elite series faces our Shadowbox Showcase Series for the last spot in the Elite 8. Shadowbox Elite series may be out numbered in players but they make up for it with their fan base. This match could shape up to be a real Cinderella story.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 8 will expire 3/26/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

Team Shadowbox Elite Frame Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

 

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 8 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 1, Match 6

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

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FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 6

Round 1 of the picture frame championship is almost complete. We enter into the Specialty Frames category today with a match up of two of our popular certificate frames: Deluxe and Economy.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 6 will expire 3/24/15 at 4:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Deluxe Certificate Frame Team Economy Certificate Frame

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 6 in the  Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Round 1 Match 4

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

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FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 4

With the start of what will be a great March Madness earlier this week, Its only fitting that Frameusa.com is in the midst of an equally great Madness championship of our own. We started with 16 frame series and so far 3 of our series have been victorious against their competitors. Our Corporate Narrow Series and our Glory Metal series were the first to move on. The third series that will be advancing to the next round was decided by all of our readers just a few minutes ago. We are back to the Metal Frames category with Match 4.  Two series almost identical in style go head to head. Metal I Picture Frame Series with the six shiny players is ready to fight. Metal II Picture Frame series enters the court with one more player donning classic metallic colors.

 

Will the extra player be enough to advance Metal II to the next round or will they fall short of its lustrous competition? Help decide which of these lucky series will be advancing to the next round and vote for your favorite frame. Match 4 will expire 3/20/15 at 4:00 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Metal I Round 1 Match 1 Team Metal II Round 1 Match 1

Check back tomorrow to see who will be the winner of match 4 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Round 1 Match 3

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

Round 1 Match 3 Results

 

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 3

The picture frame championship is off to a great start. Our Corporate Narrow Series and our Glory Metal series are moving on to Round Two. Moving on with the next match brings us back to the wood picture frames category. For Match Three, our Architect Series challenges our CBG series to see who is the best. Match 3 will expire 3/19/15 at 4:00 PM EST.

Team Architect Round 1 Match 3 Team CBG Round 1 Match3

Check back tomorrow to see who will be the winner of match 3 in of the Picture Frame Championship.

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2015 Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Team Bios

2015 Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Team Bios

We have selected the picture frames that will be competing head to head in the 2015 FrameUSA.com Picture Frame Championship. It was a tough choice choosing between so many of our favorite frames but for the sake of competition we pushed through. Read through each bio, peruse each picture frame’s roster and chose which frame you feel should become the ultimate champion. One match will be posted everyday on our blog for you to vote on. The first match will begin Monday, March 16, 2015 and will continue until one picture frame remains.

Without further ado, The picture frames:

 

Team Architect

Bio:

The Architect series measures in at ¾” by ¾”. It is made from all natural real wood. This picture frame is small but mighty, with the capability to be engraved with any name or logo.

 

Team Cafe Narrow

Bio:

The Café Narrow Series measures in at 1 ¼” by ¾”. It is made from an eco-friendly wood composite. This series is known for its rich energizing members.

 

 

Team CBG

Bio:

The CBG Series measures in at ¾” by  “. It is made from real ash wood. Have a tight budget? This series Delivers.

 

 

Team Corporate narrow Bio:

The Corporate Narrow Series measures in at 1 ¼” by ¾”. It is made from an eco-friendly wood composite. This series is known for its clean lines and classic colors

 

Team Glory metal

Bio:

The Glory Metal Series measures in at 5/8” by ¾”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series is no stranger to competition and has earned its name.

 

Team Heavy Metal

Bio:

The Heavy Metal Series measures in at 5/8 ” by 1”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series is known for never missing a beat with home décor.

 

Team Metal I

Bio:

The Metal I Series measures in at 3/8 ” by 7/8”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series stands apart with its bright shiny finishes.

 

 

Team Metal II

Bio:

The Metal II Series measures in at 3/8 ” by 7/8”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series is known for its contrast colors in and out of the office.

 

Team Shadowbox Elite

Bio:

The Shadowbox Elite Series measures in at 7/8” by 1 5/8”. It is made from real wood. This picture frame series is no stranger to being part of the elite team.

 

 

Team Shadowbox Showcase

Bio:

The Shadowbox Showcase measures in at 1” by 2 ½ ”. It is made from real wood. This picture frame series is known for getting deep into the game.

 

 

Team Deluxe Certificate

Bio:

The Deluxe Certificate Series measures in at ¾ ” by 11/16 ”. It is made from real wood. This isn’t the first time that this picture frame series had the chance at receiving an award.

 

Team Economy Certificate

Bio:

The Economy Certificate Series measures in at 1 ½ ” by 7/16. It is made from real wood. This series is one of a kind.

 

 

Team Budget Saver Bio:

The Budget Saver Series measures in at 1 ¼” by 7/8”. It is made from a polystyrene material. This series may be sharp around the edges but it has won the hearts of many.

 

 

 

Team Corrugated Bio:

The Corrugated Series features 4 plastic pieces that slide on and off. It is made from a Mylar material. This series holds the title of being a fan favorite since the beginning!

 

 

 

Team Deluxe Series Bio:

The Deluxe Series measures in at 1 ” by 5/8”. It is made from a polystyrene material. This picture frame series is known for its curved frame and saturated colors.

 

 

 

Team Simply Poly Bio:

The Simply Poly Series measures in at 1 ¼” by 5/8”. It is made from a polystyrene material. This picture frame series is simply on par with the rest of the teams.

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Let’s Get Ready To Rummmbleeee: Frame USA Championship Match

Update: Final Championship Match: Corporate Narrow Series VS Shadowbox Showcase Series.Expires 4/2 3:45 PM EST.


Update:
 Round 3, Match 1 & 2: 
Corporate Narrow Series VS Glory Metal Series & Deluxe Poster Frame Series VS Shadowbox Showcase Series.Expires 4/1 3:45 PM EST.

Update: Round 2, Match 3 & 4: Deluxe Poster Frame VS Simply Poly Series & Deluxe Certificate Series VS Shadowbox Showcase.Expires 3/31 3:45 PM EST.

March Madness: Basketball Championship

It is about that time of the year again. In less than a week college basketball teams from across the United States will compete for the ultimate title of NCAA National Championship. Universities, big and small will be on the edge of their seats as they cheer on their favorite team. Families and friendships are torn apart based on the team they back. Cinderella stories of underdog teams rising to the top make the entire nation’s hearts swell (Go Dayton Flyers!). They don’t call this time of year, Madness for nothing.

So what does college basketball have to do with an American picture frame company?

We offer over 100 different series of picture frames. Not to mention the picture framing accessories that we have available. So during a time when competition is on everyone’s minds, we begin to wonder, which one of our picture frame series is the best; the ultimate champion of picture frames.

Sure we have a list of 12 bestsellers in the wood category, but that’s one category and the NCAA doesn’t declare 12 champion teams, they declare 1! With the help of our customers we are going to hold our own championship to determine the winner.

the first ever 2015 frameusa.com picture frame championship.

We have begun narrowing down our 100 different series to choose the top 4 series of each of our categories: Wood Frames, Metal Frames, Poster Frames and Specialty Frames.

Each picture frame series will first compete within the category but as the competition progresses they will go head to head with the other categories to find the ultimate champion.

On Friday we will announce which frames we have selected for this championship and why they have been chosen so stay tuned to see if your favorite picture frames are in the running.

This blog will provide you with real-time coverage of the 2015 Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship.

 

 

Best Friends Animal Society

If this was a TV commercial we would start by showing videos of hurt animals while playing really depressing music, but since this is a blog post so we’re going to give you pictures instead.

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I bet you are wondering why a Framing Company is giving a bunch of adorable pictures of animals to their blog readers.

March Charity of the Month: Best Friends Animal SOCIETY

These animals are just 16 out of the 923 animals available for adoption from an organization called Best Friend Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare society that sponsored the no-kill movement for animal shelters nearly 30 years ago.

When this movement first began there was nearly 17 million homeless pets that were dying each year in our nation’s shelters. Best Friend’s created a variety of programs aimed to help reduce this number.

According to their website:

“By implementing spray/neuter and trap/neuter/return programs (TNR) to reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increasing the number of people who adopt pets, we’ve reduced that number to around 4 million deaths annually.

Our national initiatives focus on animals most likely to enter America’s shelter system – cats, castoffs from puppy mills, and pit-bull-terrier-type dogs. Our national initiatives address these issues by keeping community cat’s safe and out of shelters with TNR, battling commercial breeding operations, and fighting discrimination against pit bull terriers.”

 

For the month of March we have vowed to help the initiative of Best Friend’s Animal Society by choosing them as our charity of the month.

Frame USA will donate $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website. As well as this donation our customers also have the option of donating one dollar when they check out online.

Your one dollar could put a stop to unnecessary animal deaths in the nation’s shelters.

Get to know our Specialty Framing Manager: Favorite Hobby Friday

Frame USA’s Specialty Framing Manager on Favorite Hobby Friday

The last time we had favorite hobby Friday we featured our administrative assistant Jill and her awesome guitar making abilities. We’re back again this week for yet another extremely unique hobby. I sat down with the Specialty Framing Manager from our retail store, Jennifer Miller to talk to her about her hobby.

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Jennifer what is your, What is your absolute favorite hobby?

My absolute favorite hobby is making felted soaps

Felted Soaps?! Oh this is going to be interesting, when did you first start making them?  

I first started making them a few years ago.
 

How did you even get into making felted soaps, it’s such a unique hobby?  

I have been enjoying making wool felted artwork for many years. After finishing pieces, I usually have a tiny bit of wool left. Too little to do anything with; and I’m too much of a pack rat to throw it away. I started brainstorming and looking around for something that I could do with all these little scraps. 
 
I came across an article on a crocheting site that the lady was crocheting these little bags that soap would go into. She explained the benefits of encasing soap in bags: decoration, soap savers, great for exfoliation, etc. I was intrigued and went searching. My research came up with some interesting things.
 
Soap holders are a well-established craft dating quite far back. And one of the main ways these encased soaps get made is by using a wet felting technique. Since soap is small, my little scraps can be used to make this fun and colorful craft. People give me an odd look when they get a felted soap bar as a gift, but when they use it; they get hooked!

That is so awesome! How long did I t take you to become a master at it?  

I first learned wet felting techniques about 8 years ago.
 
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So you’ve had this capability for quite some time, how many hours a week would you estimate you spend on making these felted soaps?  

It depends on if I’m working on a felted sculpture. Currently I am, and I take a few hours to felt the soap after I’ve finished the sculpture. So I usually make a few bars a month. The sculptures are the main focus of every waking hour; the soap happens to be a fantastic “bi-product”.

 

I would say so! I’m so intrigued by this hobby, what is your favorite part about it?  

I love how the colors mingle together and the very unexpected nature of wet felting. Plus the soap gives off wonderful aromas that make my place smell nice.

 

Oh that is wonderful, what is your least favorite part about it?  

When looking for handmade soaps, finding a bar with a funky aroma and it makes you wrinkle up your nose.

 

Oh that stinks! Pun definitely intended. What has been the most memorable experience with this hobby?  

Since I give my felted soaps as a gifts; I love seeing peoples’ smiles; and hearing from them later that they’ve used the soap for either decoration or for cleaning.

 

That would be a lovely feeling! What is one thing you have learned about yourself through mastering this unique hobby?  

Wet felting helps calm me down. It can be very meditative. Picking out soaps for certain people; deciding if the wool will more represent the soap aroma or the person I’m giving it to; or maybe it will just simply be a miss-mash of wool scraps. All the repetitive motions of wet felting process helps me to focus on the motion; how the fibers are intertwining; even how the soap suds squish around my hands. And all of that helps me tune out the rest of the world.

 

That does sound like a very calming hobby, what is your advice for people who may want to start doing it?  

HAVE FUN!!

 

Thank you so much for enlightening our readers and myself about this beautiful art form.

 
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Glass Alternatives: Prevent the 7 Years of Bad Luck

Prevent the 7 Years of Bad Luck:

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No we’re not talking about the glazing on donuts, glazing to the framing industry is just a fancy word for the material that stands between your piece and the outside world. Primarily it is known as glass to the consumers however that is not always the material used. We’ve written previously about the different types of glass we have available in our retail frame shop but what exactly does that mean for our loyal internet customers? This question along with many other glazing related questions brings us to our next topic of Frame USA Q&A.

Thanks to our handy concise guide to Frame USA Products that we wrote last week you now know what your frame comes with, so now it is time to explain the material that protects the piece you are going to be framing. Frame USA has three options of glazing for our readymade frames: Standard Glass, PETG, and Acrylic. So what is the difference? We’re here to tell you!

First things first: what type of glazing is going to come with your frame? Find out below!

Glass Infographic

 

The reason that majority of our frames are shipped with PETG (formerly Styrene) is because PETG weighs roughly half as much as glass and is more shatter resistant than glass. We view shipping glass as most people would view giving glass to a toddler, you just wouldn’t do it, the likelihood of damage is high, and the likelihood of injury is even greater. Using PETG not only prevents your frame from arriving damage but it also reduces shipping costs.

If you HAVE to have glass in your picture frames when they are 11×17 and larger. Please call and speak with one of our customer service representatives at 1-800-577-5920.

In certain cases such as you are purchasing a large quantity that is able to be shipped via freight or you are able to physically pick up your order from our warehouse.

The glazing that is used by Frame USA does not reflect ultraviolet light. Reflective glazing is used primarily for conservation framing. In contrast, the products sold by Frame USA are generally for decorative framing purposes.

The PETG ships with a thin plastic film that protects both sides of the plastic during shipping and retail display. The protective coating is the material that protects your piece from scratches, scuff marks, etc. from the outside world prior to arriving to you!

When you have picture frames hanging in your home they are bound to get dusty or dirty over time so the best way that you can clean them depends on what material you have. Glass can be cleaned with a glass cleaner however, Acrylic and PETG should only be cleaned by warm water or a soft cloth, not a solvent. The solvent in most cleaners will actually cause them to disintegrate over time.

Now that you have all the information about the material you can make a better decision on the type of frame you would like! Stay tuned next week as we discuss some specific products in greater detail.