Supplies for Glass Framing

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Supplies for Glass Framing
The right supplies will enhance the aesthetics appeal of your pictures. (picture frame corner image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Framing your pictures or memorabilia incorrectly can result in a frame that doesn't do any justice to the item inside. You want your framed item to stick out and grab the attention of others if you are willing to put in the time to complete the glass framing personally. If this is the case, the first thing you need is the proper supplies. All the love and care in the world will not result in a professional looking frame unless you start with the right supplies. On the other hand, you can create an eye-popping glass frame with the right supplies and your careful efforts.

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Frame Clamp

A frame clamp is a necessity if you intend on making your own glass frame.This tool holds down all four sides of the non-constructed frame in tight position, allowing you to glue each side of the frame together while the frame is held tightly in place. This helps maintain precise right angles at the corners of the frame. An improperly constructed frame will not be able properly hold your pictures or the glass frame.

Non-Reflective Framing Glass

The type of glass you use can make your break your glass frame. Non-reflective glass is more expensive, but worth the expense. Regular glass will reflect light and will make your picture hard to see and, even if little glare is visible, make any colours in the picture appear dull. Non-reflective glass will keep the colours in your picture bright and vibrant, and will keep your picture clear and visible from all angles.

Glass Retainer Clips

Glass retainer clips are multifunctional devices that can be used for glass framing and glass panelling in doors and cabinets. These small but useful devices are applied to the back of the glass frame to keep the glass perfectly centred by applying a small amount of pressure from the back. Using glass retainer clips will help avoid a couple problems. First, the clips will help keep your glass frame from slipping and exposing your picture to the outside elements. Second, a slipped frame can develop stress fractures over time if the weight of the frame end up on one point, usually on a corner. This will ruin your frame and you will have to purchase a new one. These small and inexpensive devices will help add a professional look to your glass frame while staving off future problems.

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