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Searching For Quality easel backs

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Melinda Tennis, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. Melinda Tennis

    Melinda Tennis CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Hey Grumblers, Do any of y'all have a source for good quality easel backs. The latest ones I got from United/Decor were really too thin. They're OK for small pictures but not for an 8x10 or larger. The 14x18's have a heavier arm but the base is just as thin as the 11x14's. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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  2. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    The problem with stock Easels is that one size does not fit all. An Easel Back has to have the drop of the leg sized so that the Easel sits properly. You can't use an Easel Back sized for a 3/4" moulding with a 2" moulding.

    Here are two Easels shown on a 2 1/4" moulding. One is a stock size, the other is sized for the moulding.

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    Most stock Easel Backs have a very small drop and will work properly with only some narrow mouldings.

    The only way around this is to make your own. I make mine using stuff from https://craft-inc.com/
     
  3. Melinda Tennis

    Melinda Tennis CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Thanks Larry, I'm looking for a source for the easels themselves, not frames with easel backs. I do use heavier duty easel backs and cut them down to size. The 11x14's I got just aren't even good enough to cut down to 8x10.
     
  4. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    Craft-inc just supplies the parts to make Easel Backs. The frame in those photos is mine. I make the Easel Backs from Craft-inc parts to fit the frames.
     
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  5. Melinda Tennis

    Melinda Tennis CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Thanks again, Larry. I checked out their site and I will order some to use. It's good to know they have the parts for making my own.
     
  6. Cliff Wilson

    Cliff Wilson SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I also use the Craft Inc parts. I used to order from various sources in bulk. Never had a strong enough leg on them. The Craft ones are the strongest I've found.
    If you're going to WCAF visit their booth.
     
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  7. Ruby

    Ruby True Grumbler

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    I have found these to be useful. They the length can be cut down, the leg can be adjusted, or removed for hanging. They are made out of plastic so they don't absorb moisture and become weak and floppy. I got a batch at United when they were in business and haven't tried to buy them since.
     
  8. cvm

    cvm PFG, Picture Framing God

    We use craft inc as well. They are excellent, we can make a ton very quickly and they even have the ribbon attachment you can apply to heavier frames to prevent easel leg splay.
     
  9. Melinda Tennis

    Melinda Tennis CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Thank you all very much.
     
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