As we’ve said before, picking up some basic framing equipment helps deliver custom framing from the hands of the rich to the hands of the poor (read: us). Even if you don’t want to assemble your own frames, you can save a ton by cutting your own mattes and glass.
Besides a matte cutter, you should also have at least one art deckle ruller in your basic framing toolkit. They help you make those great-looking torn (“deckled”) edges perfectly.
Trust us, no matter how you think you can just tear an edge — or just “rough it up a bit” — it’ll always come out looking ratty instead of “artfully torn.” Just invest in one of these suckers and you’re good to go.
And we know you’re probably thinking, “Why are you telling me about this girly stuff?” Answer: Making your house look good isn’t girly! Be secure in your manliness and do it right. They start around $20.
Street Pricing: Art Deckle Rulers [Froogle]