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Picture Frame Supplies

Here at Frame USA we have a wide variety of picture frame supplies to aid in your hanging, displaying and maintenance of your frames as well as the artwork or images they house.

EZ Hinge Hardware

Picture Frame Supplies
EZ Hinge
Our EZ Hinge metal frame system works with our U-Frame Kits to make the perfect metal frame for displaying informational flyers or pictures that need to be updated frequently. Just open the top, replace the item, close the top and you’re good to go! The EZ Hindge also has a side loading option.

Glass & Plastic Cleaner

Picture Frame Supplies
Glass & Plastic Cleaner

This specialty glass and plastic cleaner is ideal for cleaning the glass or styrene that comes with Frame USA picture frames. These picture frame supplies contain no alcohol or ammonia and cleans all your frames without leaving any streaks or marks.

PETG & Acrylic

Picture Frame Supplies
Acrylic

Acrylic is a widely used form of clear materials with exceptional weather ability, strength, clarity and versatility. Acrylic exhibits glass-like qualities at half the weight. Incredibly durable, acrylic is a suitable solution for a broad temperature range, and has superior weathering properties compared to other plastics.

Picture Frame Supplies
PETG

PETG is extruded from co-polyester resin and is comparable to a Plexiglas material. PETG It is an exceptionally clear and tough material. Often used in filling larger frames, especially poster frames, it gives a great protective layer for images. PETG is more light weight than Acrylic, being only .035” thick compared to Acrylic’s .08” thickness. However, Acrylic give a much clearer view to an image than PETG and weathers much better.

Hangers & Other Accessories

Picture Frame Supplies
Hangers & Accessories
Here at Frame USA, we have the creative DIY folks in mind. Choose from our selection of poster hangers, easel mates. Frame connectors and acid-free mat tape to make your artwork stand out from the crowd! When our standard picture frames just won’t cut it, our hangers and accessories will make your art stand out from the crowd!

Painting Frames

When doing DIY projects we suggest using our Decorate-it Picture Frames or our Unfinished Picture Frames. These painting frames are perfect for people with that do-it-yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted, stained and decorated with ease.

Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames
Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames

Our Decorate-It Series is an unfinished picture frame with a flat profile that comes in 3 different widths (1.5″, 2″ or 3″). It is created especially for crafting. You can paint it, glue on it, and use a wood burning pen, anything you can think of to decorate the frame.

Additionally, our Unfinished Series is another unfinished painting frame (as the name might suggest). Like the Decorate It, the Unfinished series comes in 3 different profiles, but these are more decorative with some scoops and beveling in the frame. This picture frame could be painted and decorated in a classy way to help enhance the ascetics of your art.

Both our Unfinished and Decorate-It lines have the crafty folk in mind. These are great for both kids and adults alike, but you’ll definitely get your money’s work when you use these as kid’s craft projects. You can use all of your favorite crafting materials to make it, and a trip to your local art and craft store should inspire you to make some great artwork.

Send us pictures and let us know how your painting frames turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.

May Charity of the Month: The Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to addressing the needs of people living with arthritis in the United States. There are more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Foundation works to provide information and resources, access to care, advancements in science and community connections.

The Arthritis Foundation has contributed to arthritis research since its founding in 1948 and has invested over $470 million towards medical research into the disease. In addition, the organization advocates for changes to health care policies, legislation and government-founded research to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by arthritis.

The Foundation funds two patient registries, the Arthritis Internet Registry and the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance to help control symptoms and accelerate the search for a cure by analyzing and correlating biological data.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the Arthritis Foundation in appreciation for your online order for the month of May.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Tax Day

Tax Day

Today, Tuesday April 18th is known as Tax Day. This is the deadline where individual income tax returns are due to the government.

The idea of income tax began with the Revenue Act of 1861. This Act suggested that a tax should be placed on every US citizen due to the need to fund the Civil War. The Revenue Act of 1861 was signed and made a law by President Abraham Lincoln.

Tax Day usually occurs on April 15th but there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, in Washington DC they celebrate Emancipation Day the weekday closets to April 16th, so when the 15th occurs on a Friday, Tax Day takes place the approaching Monday. Now if the 15th happens on the weekend, Tax Day then exist on Tuesday, like it is this year.

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Frame USA April News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you.

April News

The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Barnwood Frame Serving Trays are primarily used to entertain guests while serving drinks or appetizers, these trays give more functionality to your everyday picture frame.

For the month of April enjoy 10% off all Barnwood Frame Serving Trays with Coupon Code: BarnTray10

Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.

April Charity of the Month: Visionaries and Voices

Visionaries and Voices
Visionaries and Voices

The concept for Visionaries + Voices emerged in 2001 when Keith Banner and Bill Ross curated an exhibition in Base Gallery for artists Paul Rowland, Richard Brown, Antonio Adams, and Raymond Thunder-Sky. Bill and Keith both worked for county boards serving individuals with disabilities and had met these artists in the course of their work. After that initial exhibition, more opportunities arose to organize shows and to present the work of artists with disabilities. 

V+V now serves over 150 artists each week and presents 5 exhibitions per year in our Northside Gallery along with a growing number of exhibitions in wide variety of venues throughout the region and beyond. In 2004, Raymond Thunder-Sky passed away. His legacy is commemorated on the exterior wall of V+V’s Northside Studio in a mural designed by his friend Antonio Adams (this mural was completed and dedicated by ArtWorks in 2009). V+V has also developed a groundbreaking education program that provides artists who attend the studio opportunities to present their work and teach in community and classroom settings. The Teaching Artist Program (T.A.P.) now reaches over 6,000 students each year. 

What began with a simple and ingenuous vision to create a space for artists with disabilities, has become the home for hundreds of artists to find their voice within the cultural landscape of Cincinnati.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Visionaries and Voices in appreciation for your online order for the month of April.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Baseball Is Back — Opening Day 2017

MLB Opening Day
MLB Opening Day

Opening Day, typically occurring the first week of April, marks the beginning of baseball season for The MLB (Major League Baseball). This day is especially important for us in the city of Cincinnati seeing how The Cincinnati Reds were the Major Leagues first professional baseball team.

Originally the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, they were formed in 1866 and three years later became the first pro team by having ten players and all of them paid on salary.  The then Cincinnati Red Stockings had their first game on May 4th, 1869 which they went on to win 45-9! They continued on that season to 65 wins and zero losses, posting the first and only perfect season in the history of professional baseball.

Opening Day in Cincinnati is celebrated with the annual Findlay Market Parade. For multiple decades the first pitch of every MLB season happened in Cincinnati and the Reds are the only team to always play their first game at home.

Does your city glorify Opening Day in grand fashion? Let us know how you plan on honoring this unofficial holiday and what team you plan on watching the most of this season. Additionally, we’re offering 12% off all of our Wood Picture Frames in honor of the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

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April Fools’ Day

April 1st marks a favorite day for many jokers, April Fools’ Day! While not a public holiday, this April Fools’ Day is celebrated worldwide with many people playing jokes or pranks on their friends.

While April Fools’ Day is celebrated worldwide, there is no exact commencement date telling us when it began and why. But, there are two popular theories:

  1. Some people believe the day began due to The Nun’s Priest’s Tale which is a story from The Canterbury Tales written by poet Geoffrey Chaucer in the 1392. In this story the hero is tricked by a fox on “syn March bigan thritty dayes and two.” It is believed that the translation of this was supposed to mean 32 days after March, but somehow this line was misunderstood and people took it to mean 32nd of March, which would be April 1st.
  2. Others believe this celebration began in 1582 when France changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. This in turn moved the celebration of the New Year from the end of March to the beginning of January and anybody still celebrating the New Year at the end of March were considered fools.

Regardless how it started, April Fools’ Day is not going away. Do you participate in jokes and pranks on April Fools? Comment below and tell us the best prank you’ve pulled.

Artist Spotlight: Marc Allante

Posterservice Inc. is very proud to be working with Hong Kong born artist Marc Allante. Inspired by European watercolors and traditional Chinese ink techniques, Marc’s colorful and drippy watercolor style has helped his posters to become best-sellers. We are up to 7 of his images so far, ranging from birds, a lion, panda, buffalo, cityscape and a romantic couple caught in the rain.

With vibrant hues of color popping off a crisp white background, one of his posters is sure to appeal to you!

 

 

Marc Allante
Marc Allante Posters

Save Big On Boardroom Certificate Frames

Recognition is something we get all too rarely in this world and it’s something to be cherished. A verbal compliment or note of appreciation can really pick up your day, but when you receive a tangible, hard copy of an accomplishment–that can last forever. Our Certificate Frames are a way to memorialize those compliments and displaying them so you can look to those when you’re not having such a great day and maybe remember that you earned that accolade. Awards, certificates, diplomas–they should be framed and hung where you can see them, in a nice certificate frame that shows off your accomplishment.

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Boardroom Certificate Picture Frames

If you’re looking for a more ornate wood picture frame to hang your certificate in, a great frame is our Boardroom Certificate Frames. The Boardroom Certificate frame comes in 4 colors; black, walnut, cherry and gold. They all feature some scoops and beveling and include a decorative beading along the inside edge. All of them come available with gold beading but the black and walnut also have versions with beading that matches the finish of the frame.

The Boardroom Certificate Frame Series is now 50% OFF all Fast Ship items on www.frameusa.com.
This is a limited time offer. Prices are low, so don’t be slow!