Last week you saw some fun things I've done with picture frames. And I also…
One of my favorite items to pick up while thrifting are picture frames. Especially large ones. Give me a good frame, glass, hanging hardware and I’m pretty much sold. It’s such a bargain to find second hand frames because they are inexpensive and you can do so many things with them. See some ways I’ve reused frames here, here, here, and here. Today I wanted to share one of my tips for using old frames. They are called glazier points.
Have you ever heard of them? If not, be happy you have now, as they are the most handy little tool that will change your frame reusing life for the better.
Glaziers points can be found at art supply stores. I’ve actually not looked for them at craft stores but let me know if you see them there.
When I reuse frames I typically take them all apart. Most of the time the backs are stapled in or have bendable pieces of metal that always seem to break. Don’t worry glazier’s points are here to the rescue.
To get out the staples I just bend and pull. Again, you don’t have to save them, pull away.
All you need when you put the frame back together after some new art or a spray paint job are the glazier’s points and a putty knife. A larger flat head screwdriver will also work. There actually is a glazier’s tool but I lost the one we had long ago and haven’t really missed it. A putty knife does the trick.
All you do once your glass is back in the frame and your art and backing are back in their spots is place a point on the back with the tip pointed into the frame.
Use your putty knife to gently push the tip into the frame, being careful to press towards the frame, not down towards the glass or it might break.
I find if you wiggle it back and forth it will get in there.
I usually place mine a few inches apart along the back of the piece. Easy peasy. And it will hold your art or photo nice and snug in the frame.
It’s really simple. Have you ever used them? Think you might give them a try? Trust me, it will open up your frame reuse possibilities.
I use them for pretty much all my frame projects like this spray painted coral in the stairway.
A tip for you this Tuesday, hope it helps!
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