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Offset Clips For Picture Framing

OFFSET CLIPS TO INSTALL ART!

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On this web site you can purchase the picture frame offset clips you need to help you insert backing boards or oil paintings into picture frames. Very easy to use, these Offset Clips make a very durable finished picture frame and you never need to worry about your pictures coming loose or coming apart. We have every size of offset clip available for the home picture framer.

Offset Clips For Installing Art In Picture Frames


1/8 inch Offset Clips with screws 20 PAC Price $2.69
1/8 inch Offset Clips with screws 100 PAC Price $9.89

1/4 inch Offset Clips with screws 20 PAC Price $2.79
1/4 inch Offset Clips with screws 100 PAC Price $10.69

3/8 inch Offset Clips with screws 20 PAC Price $2.89
3/8 inch Offset Clips with screws 100 PAC Price $11.49

1/2 inch Offset Clips with screws 20 PAC Price $3.29
1/2 inch Offset Clips with screws 100 PAC Price $13.29

3/4 inch Offset Clips with screws 20 PAC Price $3.69
3/4 inch Offset Clips with screws 100 PAC Price $14.49

1 inch Offset Clips with screws 20 PAC Price $3.98
1 inch Offset Clips with screws 100 PAC Price $14.89

1 1/4 inch Offset Clips with screws 20 PAC Price $4.89
1 1/4 inch Offset Clips with screws 50 PAC Price $10.98

 

Offset Clips used to install art in picture frames How To Use Offset Clips To Install Art In Picture Frames

Offset clips are the very best way to install canvas paintings and some other art into picture frames.

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Offset Clips used to install art in picture frames

Most people understand that offset clips are used to hold canvas paintings into picture frames that have a short rappet that does not fit the canvas painting. This is the most common use for offset clips.  But, there is another way to use these clips on other frames as well that many people do not realize or have not understood before. Towards the end of this article I will explain this second way of using offset clips.

Offset clips are very much used to install canvas paintings into picture frames.  They also are used to install other art in picture frames as well.  For example, sometimes an art package containing the glass, mats and backing is too thick and sticks over the rappet of the picture frame.  Offset clips come in mighty handy in these cases.

Canvas paintings are lots of times installed into picture frames by the use of picture frame Stretcher Bar Clips.  Those clips hold well and work great where picture frames are interchanged a lot with different pictures.  The Stretcher Bar clips are great for galleries to change art around as many galleries sell art without the picture frames.  The clips are also great for home owners who do the same things lots of times as well.

These Offset Clips are very much used by professional picture framers to give the customer a much more sturdy picture. Canvas paintings and other art installed with offset clips don't ever fall apart or have the art come out of the frame. It also really doesn't take too long to change pictures around using offset clips either.

There are various sizes of offset clips available because not every picture frame molding has the same rabbet depth and canvas paintings are now made in different thicknesses.

canvas painting installed with an offset clipThe 1/8 inch size offset clip is very useful. Not only does this clip allow you to install a canvas painting in a frame with almost the same exact depth as the painting, but you can turn the clip over to get a tighter or looser fit. You can also flatten this offset clip out very easy with a hammer to use with canvas's that are even with the picture frame frame rabbet.

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canvas painting installed with an offset clip

It is also possible to use pliers to bend the angles of the clips to get a tighter or looser fit, but don't ever tighten so much as to bind the art work, or put too much pressure on the arts stretcher bar or backing.

You should use at least four off set clips per picture, two on top and two on bottom for many smaller pictures.  You should put a clip in each corner and then another one about every foot apart if required.  After the offset clips are installed in the corners you should space out the rest evenly, not just for looks, but to make sure any pressure on the canvas stretcher bar is evenly spaced.  You must make sure no damage is ever done, or will happen in the future to the painting that is being installed into the picture frame.

To use the offset clips you should screw the offset clip into the picture frame moulding using just one screw.  This screw is put through one of the holes in the clip and when the offset clip is in the prober position you drive the screw into the wood of the picture frame moulding. You should never screw any screws into the art work, or the canvas stretcher bar on the edge of a painting at any time.  Remember, no screws get driven into the canvas painting stretcher bars!

Many of the offset clips come with two holes in them. The second hole is used when stacking picture frames or liners. Not many picture framers do this. We supply one screw for each clip, as that is what is normally used.

canvas painting installed with an offset clipThe large offset clips 3/4 and up are used for canvases that have thick stretcher bars.  These have been much requested.  When thick stretcher bars are mounted into a picture frame with a smaller rabbet there will be more space between the wall and the picture frame. 

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art being installed in a picture frame using offset clips

Pictures such as this don't look bad until the space created gets over 1/2 inch.  Then it starts to become more noticeable.  Some people don't like this look where as it doesn't bother others at all.  It also makes a big difference where and what wall the picture is hanging on. For example, a framed picture hanging at the end of a hall way could have a large space and it would not be very noticeable.

As stated at the beginning of this article I said there was another way to use these offset clips on picture frames. Most of the time offset clips are used when the picture frame is narrow and the picture frame rappet is short allowing the stretcher bar to stick out beyond the picture frame.

But what if it is the other way around?  What if the picture frame is wide and the rappet is too deep for the art or a canvas painting?  Yes, you can also use the offset clips in this situation too.  In fact, this is becoming more popular all the time as more people learn about this technique.

art being installed in a picture frame using off set clipsWhat you do is place the art, or canvas painting into the deep picture frame and turn the offset clips around and screw them into the picture frame using one screw.  It works perfectly to hold the art into the picture frame and makes a nice solid job of it as well. 

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art being installed in a picture frame using off set clips

On some art, this way of displaying your art can really make your art look expensive, famous, or whatever. It can really make your art look like a masterpiece, even if it was your dog that painted it. Hey, I know one guy who was featured in an art magazine a few years ago, whose dog loved painting (with his paws) and the guy got $2500.00 for each picture the dog did. I swear I am not making this up.

installed in a picture frame using offset clipsPicture frames can make or break a picture! Never forget that, use good frames and you can make your pictures look like a famous professional did it.  Use cheap looking frames  picture frames and it will really detract from your art.  This is the reason that many art galleries change the art and frames around.  You can get a totally different look of the art, just by changing the frame.  You can make your art gallery look different every week using this technique. 

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You can do the same thing in your home.  If your a painter just use standard size frames and painting canvases and after a while your costs will come way down when you get a collection of different frames on hand to choose from.

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