Over the past 25 years, Cheap Pete’s framers have honed their technique to a science, creating high-quality framing for any type of artwork, document, or object. Four Bay Area locations stock a huge selection of ready-made frames, including environmentally friendly options crafted from sustainably harvested pine or bamboo. Collage frames display a multitude of photos, showcasing favorite family memories or charting the development of a tiny infant into an adult-size infant. Customers can also create DIY frames with a large selection of framing tools and supplies.
Cheap Pete’s custom-framing services give customers the choice of more than 300 styles of mouldings, five types of glass, and a rainbow of mat colors. Shadowboxes display three-dimensional objects such as sports jerseys, matchbox cars, or exhibitionistic human beings. The shop also stretches canvases onto canvas bars, readying them to be hung at home or on the walls of a gallery.
Since its inception in the early 1980s, Underglass Framing has crafted custom frames that have housed pictures, paintings, and even flags. Made up of artists and experienced framers alike, Underglass's staff uses their expert judgment to accent any artwork with custom woodwork, conservation acrylics, or museum-quality frames. Underglass makes decisions easy with mat-board samples and a wide selection of framed examples, and they strive to integrate the work of art into each client's home design, whether it's art deco or an art-deco-giraffe-print fusion.
Since the shop opened in 1974, Frame-O-Rama's team has mastered all sorts of techniques to preserve family photos, works of art, and other frame-able objects. "We've framed ceremonial objects such as christening gowns and shoes, and African walking sticks. My personal favorite was a signed Willie Mays baseball with a signed and mounted print of him playing stickball back in Brooklyn," Frame-O-Rama manager Matt Miller said in an interview with SFGate.
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Like a portrait museum whose curator has gone a bit nutty, Back to the Picture on Valencia Street has but a few inches of blank wall space to spare. Along with its sister shop in SoMa, this artsy frame shop that doubles as a gallery has been gilding the lily that is San Francisco's art for almost 30 years. The process of selecting the best frame for a valuable canvas can be an expensive ordeal, but Back to the Picture's Randy Figueres substitutes anxiety for thoughtfulness, offering solid advice on the fine points of home decorating, plus expert knowledge on how best to mount that fragile antique photograph.
FastFrame first germinated in Europe before spreading to Japan, Brazil, Australia, and the United States. A trained local helms each of the 300 locations, and guarantees every design for 30 days and the craftsmanship for a lifetime. Artisans crown original works of art and prints with ornate mouldings. They also store historical artifacts and three-dimensional memorabilia in shadow boxes. FastFrame’s team has even been known to frame sports equipment, plasma-screen televisions, and childhood homes.
Harnessing his well-trained eye, owner and artist Jeff Hernandez crafts custom art dwellings in his combination gallery and framing center. Whether working with a photograph, prestigious diploma, or painting of a prestigious diploma, his team of framing specialists can pair customers' items with just the right materials, colors, and design styles. A basic 16"x20" frame starts at about $150, though prices vary depending on materials used. To keep keepsakes protected against the elements, customers may opt for acid-free materials and UV glass ($180 for a 16"x20" frame) or museum-quality wares ($230 for a 16"x20" frame) with crystal-clear glass that is impervious to glare and pretentious commentary.