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Many people have no idea what to expect when they walk into their local frame shop. Custom framing can be a daunting prospect for anyone – especially those who don’t have much experience with it.

Never fear: Your local custom framer is an expert! She’s an artist – most likely for real, but also because custom framing is an art form in its own right. Not only will she help you pick the best framing design for your artwork; she also knows the best ways to protect it. She’ll help you stay within your budget, too. Phew! That means you’re off the hook, right?

Well, not entirely. Whether you’re an artist, art collector, or just looking to get your precious memorabilia beautifully framed, there are a few basic things you should know before walking into your local frame shop. Being prepared will help make your custom framing process enjoyable for everyone.

Bring your artwork with you!

The framer needs to measure the artwork in a specific way, even if you’ve already measured it yourself. Besides, a photo will never do the real thing justice. You’ll be surprised at all the nuances in the colors, patterns, and textures of the frames – and you’ll be glad you can see how they look with your art!

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Plaza Framers pose with Elvis Jumpsuit

When Nacho Mama's asked us to frame items for their new restaurant location in Towson, we had no idea we would be involved in the framing of a genuine Elvis jumpsuit! A stuntman wore this jumpsuit the movie Honeymoon in Vegas during the "Flying Elvis's" scene. Our challenge was to frame this suit as a centerpiece for a space inside the new Nacho Mama’s. 

We met with Nacho Mama's, project manager Allison Parker-Abromitis and their architect, Nestor Zabala, of Curry Architects. Plaza’s framing business manager Carolyn took the lead in determining the aesthetics of the design. I was there to guide how we were going to build and coordinate the installation of the suit. Everyone discussed the color selection and materials for the frame job, and immediately decided to go with blue suede. Let’s be honest here, what would an Elvis jumpsuit be without being displayed with blue suede? (Insert "Blue Suede Shoes" music here.)

We didn't want an elaborate frame, as it would detract from the suit. Eventually we settled on a flat rectangular profile. We had the profile milled from Furst Brothers, and received it raw and unfinished so we could paint and color match the frame to the blue suede fabric....

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