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When I had a frame shop I had stacks of old framing magazines ("DECOR")
packed with art and pictures of framing. Also, frame catalogs and
reproduction /poster catalogues which go out of date. ALSO, there were
usually a few boxes of
discarded moulding samples in the back. A framer who cuts her own stock
will have bins of tiny triangular pieces of moulding, as well as ends. Four
of the triangular pieces, or mismatched samples glued together make
wild-looking frames, or lids for boxes.
I had bags and bags of scrap matboard the local art teacher always said
she'd come get but never did, so don't assume somebody has already "gotten
to it". Once you've handled enough of it you can identify the 100% rag by
touch. Framers are moving to mostly using rag or alpha cellulose, so it's
really a crime for any of that stock to go in the dumpster. When I closed,
I took the mountains of matboard scraps to my teacher-heavy Methodist
church and they wiped it out in no time.
Betty - taking the subject area exam in January - any advice welcome