These days, we hear so much in the news and media about being Made in America or Made in the USA. While this “phenomenon” is new for many businesses, it is not a new initiative for this picture frame manufacturer.
At Frame USA, we have been focusing on being Made in America since we started over 30 years ago. We manufacture on average 2,750 picture frames a day, in all categories:
So what does Made in America mean to me? Made in America means working hard to keep American jobs here in the United States, and offering great opportunities to so many throughout this great country of ours. While politics may be a focus on your opinion of Made in America, it is not a focus of mine.
We produce great American made picture frames, at low wholesale prices every day here at Frame USA. As our economy changes, our small American made business notices it quickly. Do we lose business to China? Yes. Do we care? Yes and no. In our experience, many people come forward and are looking for the cheapest option all the time. Then when they find out it will take them 6-12 weeks to get their picture frames from China, they appreciate our 4-5 business day turnaround a lot more.
We care because no one wants to lose business, however, do we waiver on making great American made products, no way!
This Guest Blog was written by Kelly Ackerman, Sales Operations Director of Frame USA.
Whether you have old picture frames lying around unused or you’re just a creative person who loves new projects, our DIY Mosaic Picture Frames are just the thing for you. A mosaic is art that’s made by combining pieces of glass, tile, stone, etc. in a decorative manner.
Turning your frame into a mosaic is not as difficult as the fancy name suggest. There are a few items you will need to complete your very own DIY Mosaic Picture Frame:
Colored Glass (tile, mirrors, stone or pottery would be an acceptable substitute)
Grout (or other adhesive)
To start this project you first need to break the items you plan on using to decorate the picture frame with. Once you feel you have broken your items into enough pieces to cover the picture frame you need to spread some grout onto the frame. With your picture frame covered in grout you now place the broken pieces of your item onto the grout covered frame. Next you need to fully allow your frame to set and dry for a couple of hours. After your picture frame is completely dry there will be a layer of grout on top of your mosaic pieces but it will come off with a damp paper towel.
When doing DIY projects we suggest using our Decorate-it Picture Frames or our Unfinished Picture Frames. These wooden picture 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.
Send us pictures and let us know how your mosaic picture frames turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.
Celebrated on February 14th, Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to showing that special person in your life that you love them. On this day most restaurants are booked with reservations, flower shops are running out of roses and jewelry stores are in heavy demand. But one of the best gifts you can give is one that has meaning. Presents that you create yourself or help design can show your Valentine just how well you know them and how much you care about them. One way to do this is by putting important photos or mementos from a special moment into picture frames and then customizing those frames.
At Frame USA we have a number of different frames that would be perfect for creating this kind of unique Valentine’s Day present.
These unfinished wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that Do-It-Yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted in different variations of red or pink for a Valentine feel. The flat profile of these do it yourself frames make them ideal for gluing heart decorations in the vain of Cupid.
Barnwood Frame Serving Tray
These frames are primarily used to entertain guests while serving drinks or appetizes, so why not kill two birds with one stone. Get your Valentine a Barnwood tray and put a special picture of the two of you in it so next time they have guests over not only will they be entertained, but they will be envious of the love you have for your partner.
Shadowbox Picture Frames
If you have any significant mementos or items that remind you of your Valentine, shadow box picture frames are the way to go. Framing mementos will let your Valentine know that not only do you appreciate them, but you also remember even the smallest of memories.
For those of us running short on time or those who just aren’t as crafty, picture frame engraving is the quintessential picture framing idea. At Frame USA we are able to make custom engraved frames with names and logos onto a select variety of our frames, glass or matting. Leave a cute message or the date that you and your Valentine met and watch their heart melt.
So as February 14th gets closer, consider giving your valentine something they can hang on their wall and cherish for many Valentine’s Days to come.
Our Stainless Steel Picture Frames add a refining touch to any piece of artwork or photography you’re looking to frame. The Stainless series is a wood composite picture frame that features a finish that resembles a stainless steel look. This series is offered in two widths: narrow and wide. These stainless steel frames are made in the USA from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood and can be laser-engraved. Our stainless series is a timeless style that compliments art prints and black and white photos, no matter where they’re placed!
As noted above, the steel picture frames can be engraved for a more personal touch. Laser engraved stainless picture frames offer personalization and corporate marketing with the highest-quality possible. We can laser engrave your team or company logo directly on many frames, the glass, or your matting. We also laser engrave metallic adhesive plates that can be mounted just about anywhere. Engraved frames make a great gift for family, friends or work giveaways! For more information and detail about how our laser engraving process works or the specifics of what can be engraved, contact our customer service department at 1-800-577-5920 or email us [email protected]
Not only silver, but you can also get a stainless steel frame in gold. So head on over to Frame USA, Inc. your one-stop secure online shopping place for a wide variety of Ready-Made Picture Frames. We’re proud of our products, our service, and the way we stand behind what we do. We guarantee you’ll love our Photography frames. And you’ll love the way we treat you at Frame USA!
Bronze picture frames have recently been gaining traction and increasing in popularity. This spike in interest can mainly be attributed to people losing enjoyment with the basic and mundane styles of picture frames and wanting something unique and that tends to stand out a bit more.
A common issue that hinders people from adding bronze frames to their picture frame collection is that it can be difficult to figure out how to pair artwork or match a room to a bronze picture frame. Bronze is a warm colors which matches with earth tones, dark tones and neutral colors. Bronze picture frames are perfect for pairing with the background tones of the image you’re looking to hang, especially if those tones are orange, pink or brown. Oil paintings and sepia styles of artwork will pop the most when paired with bronze frames because they will blend with your art as opposed to taking away from it.
The Hardware Bronze Picture Frames are the most popular bronze picture frame series we have at Frame USA These modern picture frames are sure to grab attention with their sleek and shiny bronze finish. Request a sample and see for yourself! This series is an American Made picture frame.
At Frame USA we offer a wide variety of frame mats that run anywhere from standard mat sizes to to custom frame mats. A mat is a flat and usually thin piece of material included or sold separately from a picture frame. Mats usually serve one of two purposes; additional decoration to make your art pop or they’re used to separate the artwork from the glass frame. The art of putting mats in a frame is called matting and is an often overlooked aspect that can dramatically improve and protect your artwork.
In terms of helping your art pop, matting can be a crucial element. Matting your artwork intensifies the art by adding size, color and depth to what’s being portrayed. The point of the mat is not to distract from your art but to direct the person viewing said art to the main focal point of what they are looking at. Some tips when choosing a mat to enhance your art:
When choosing a mat for your artwork, the mat should be lighter than the art or picture but darker than the wall it’s placed on. Great choices for mats most times are simple colors such as gray, white and cream.
Using two or three mats will give your artwork a three dimensional look
The purpose of matting is to protect artwork & add appeal. To achieve this, the mat border should be 2x the width of the frame.
When it comes to protecting artwork, mats are very important. Mats help keep your artwork safe by separating the glass from the art or whatever it is being framed. Having a mat in between your artwork and framing glass is important because any condensation that might develop on the inside of the glass can be transferred to your art causing water damage, mold or mildew.
If you’re framing pictures then separating your picture from the glass is vital because the surface of photographs are particularly easy to damage. Not only photos, but certain art that can smear or be damaged by touch, or anything of value being hung should also be matted so that the glass and the art don’t come into direct contact.
Head over to our Mat Designer site and make your photos look impeccable immediately.
One of the more requested picture framing choices is housing an image in a white picture frame. White frames can make artwork more exquisite by creating a clean and classic feel. White picture frames are extremely versatile and can make colors pop without overpowering the image which in turn will make the art standout.
Using white and black artwork and frames to decorate is rapidly gaining popularity much in part to improved cameras and the growing inclination to use earth tones/neutral colors and muted tones such as black, white, gray, brown or beige.
Black and white photographs, artwork and frames add character and depth to walls and living spaces and they do this without disturbing the color scheme of the room. In addition to adding character, white picture frames can also highlight colors like green, red, or yellow and are easy to incorporate.
Normally white & black pictures and artwork are matted with white or cream boards to help separate the image from the frame. Nowadays black & white photography has gained new traction thanks to new technology which allows old color photos to be reprinted in black and white and along with that, new images can be turned into black and white photos due to the same advancements in digital cameras and photo editing technology.
White picture frames are great for almost any style of decor. They provide a classic simple clean look to any image and Frame USA delivers with a wide variety of styles.
Picture frames can be made out of a wide variety of materials, but the two most popular types of frames are Wood Picture Frames and Metal Picture Frames. Wood and metal are very easy to find and on top of that they are easy to work with when you’re looking to customize a frame, making these frames highly sought-after.
Although wood and metal picture frames are both versatile and each can suite just about any picture framing need you could encounter, they do have a few subtle differences.
Wood is a classic material for crafting picture frames and has been in use for centuries due to its abundance and how easy it is to use. Wood frames can be painted or stained in nearly every color imaginable, which provides you with plenty of variety when trying to frame art or compliment the aesthetic of a room. Wooden picture frames are perfectly paired with tradition style artwork and are a good place to start for any kind of picture framing job.
On the other hand, metal picture frames provide a more modern look and feel than their wooden counterparts. While metal frames don’t have as wide a spectrum of colors to choose from (as opposed to wood picture frames) they make up for it with their durability. Banging or dropping a wood frame can cause chips in the paint or dents. Not only will a metal picture frame resist a few bumps, but if a side does in fact end up damaged it can be unattached and replaced.
Our wooden picture frames are a top choice and are crafted from real wood, MDF, eco-friendly wood composite or laminate. Additionally, the metal frames we produce are durable and stylish, made from extruded aluminum, these frames can easily make the right statement when placed in any interior. At the end of the day Metal and wood picture frames are both excellent choices when framing artwork.
We have recently unveiled our Barnwood Frame Serving Trays, First Year Photo Collage and our School Years Photo Collage.
Keep your guests entertained with our unique Barnwood Frame Serving Trays. These frames are available in two sizes and five colors and provide more functionality to your everyday picture frame! If you don’t have a picture you feel would be perfect to add to the frame don’t fret, our beautiful serving trays are also available with mirrors to enhance the decorative look of an already classy piece.
Our First Year Photo Collage and School Years Photo Collage are ideal for when you’re looking to show off your child’s school photos in one place. The School Years Photo Collage is available in two sizes (a horizontal profile and a slightly larger vertical frame), three different frame color options as well as five different mat color choices. These frames are equipped with specific locations for you to attach a school picture from grades 1-12.
Similar to the School Years Photo Collage, our First Year Photo Collage has 12 openings for you to frame a picture of each month of your child’s first year of school. The First Year Photo Collage is available in one standard size with three different frames to choose from and five different mat colors.
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Black and Brown are two of the most popular colors for picture frames, but sometimes you want a frame that stands out a little more. Choosing a gold picture frame is a guaranteed way to make your art pop.
Gold picture frames look the best when paired with artwork that features a lot of warm colors. Warm colors are normally linked to daylight or sunset and consist of variations of red, yellow, brown, tan and orange. These colors are know to stimulate the audience and come across more active in artwork.
Simply Gold and Economy Gold are our two most popular gold picture frame series. Our Simply Gold Frames are made from solid wood and are available in three profiles; Goldstone, Florentine, and Renaissance. Each profile is uniquely different from the others, but all are foiled with an impeccable gold color. Perfect for pre-matted 8x10s or 11x14s and perfect for items that just demand a gold frame. These American Made Simply Gold picture frames will impress all.
In comparison, the Economy Gold Picture Frame series is similar to our Economy picture frames but painted and foiled to provide a beautiful gold look at a low price. You won’t find a better quality or better value in a classic gold frame.
Gold Picture Frames have and always will be a timeless choice when it comes to framing your family photographs, expensive art prints, religious deities, and even your children’s artwork. Frame USA delivers with a large selection of Gold frames in a variety of different colors. They are available in real wood, Eco-friendly wood composite, Metal and polystyrene.