Custom Framing at Main Frame Shoppe (55% Off). Two Options Available.

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  • $45 for $100 worth of custom framing
  • $79 for $175 worth of custom framing

Wood, Metal, or Plastic?: Deciding How to Frame it

Though experts can walk you through all your framing options, it can be helpful if you know what material you are looking for. Get a jump start on the decision with this guide.

Wood: The oldest style of picture frame, a wood molding imparts a warm, traditional feel to the piece of art it surrounds. One advantage of the material is its versatility. A variety of stains and finishes give the customer a wide range of looks to choose from, allowing them to match the frame precisely to their home decor. Options range from the simplicity of a plain, unpainted molding to the opulence of one covered in metallic gilt and carved designs. Keep in mind, however, that very thin wood frames may not be able to support the weight of larger pieces, and thicker pieces of wood can add weight and attract beavers quickly. Wood can be somewhat acidic as well, so you'll want to make sure that there is some kind of barrier between the frame and a more fragile artifact.

Metal: Often thin and sleek, metal moldings are durable but unobtrusive, and impart a contemporary look to the art object they contain. They are often used to frame black-and-white photographs and other works with a minimalist or monochromatic palette, since they won’t distract from the image inside. Their sturdiness makes them suited to environments where they’ll be exposed to wear and tear, and they can also hold more weight and maybe even fun magnets for that popular refrigerator look.

Plastic: Plastic frames are much less frequently found in custom framing shops. These inexpensive accessories are usually ready-made in standard sizes from poster down to snapshot. Some are structured similarly to wood and metal frames, but with a plastic molding that’s more lightweight. Others are made entirely of transparent acrylic, cultivating a modern, “frameless” look. Though they work well for snapshots, prints, and other easily reproducible graphics, plastic frames won’t do a good job of conserving original artwork or fragile documents—the Library of Congress's standards require that preservation-quality frames be made of metal or wood.

Main Frame Shoppe

Most Popular Service: custom picture framing
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Established: 1996
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Archival Conservation Materials
Pro Tip: Please call ahead with details of your project so that the we can pre-select appropriate materials.

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    Escondido

    1440 Grand Ave.

    Suite A

    San Marcos, California 92078

    760-432-8995

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In a Nutshell

Services include canvas stretching along with frames and conservation framing of fine and rare art, oil paintings, and photo collections

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Framing must be 16 x 20 in. or larger, and include matting, glass or plexiglass and comes fit ready to hang. Valid for complete framing project, not valid for repairs, glass change, canvas stretching, or mat changing. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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