6 inch moulding


CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Nov 10, 2002
Charleston, SC
I have a customer that has an irregular sized canvas and wants a 6 inch wide gold frame. My largest width is 4 inches. Can anyone recommend a supplier for the larger size mouldings?

Carol, I'm sure someone will come along with some good suggestions for 6 inch moulding, but how about stacking a couple frames together to get a 6 inch width? I did one recently for a mirror, it was a nice look and a nice sale.
Many suppliers won't carry those large mouldings because so many framers don't have the capacity to chop them on their saws and the supplier chop price is much higher than many framers/customers want to spend.

Kathy's suggestion of stacking a couple of gold mouldings to make a 6" or larger frame is commonly used and is easy to do. You simply start out chopping the innermost moulding to the size of the canvas and then measure the outside measurements of that frame and chop the next one to fit the first frame and so on until you have the finished frame assembled.

Take a look at many of the premade frames in the box stores. They are built exactly this way. And they aren't assembled nearly as good as you can build one. :rolleyes:

At the risk of sounding like an echo, I'm going recommend a stacked frame.

I would also suggest that not all of the elements be gold. I like to include something else so that the finished frame looks like it's supposed to be that way, rather than a couple of frames stuck together.

Everything is going to depend on the feel of the painting and the look your customer wants. Perhaps one of the frames could be mahagony or black - something that will refer to one of the colors in the piece.

There are some really nice metal finishes on the market and the contrast between wood and metal is really nice. I only mention it because some framers don't think of metal at all and that is foolish. Easy to put together, strong, but also some really nice looks can be achieved. I'm an education consultant for Nielsen metal moulding and it's my job to let framers know how great metal can be. I'm partly doing my job, but mostly I really like to use metal and wood especially for todays. look in home decor. I've come up with some great looks that customers love just by playing around with combinations.

This is a time to use a form of Ellen's phrase, take the info or leave it
If you were to choose two 'sister' mouldings (same finish, varied sizes) to stack, you would never even know they were separate pieces.

Also don't forget about fillets. Not only is that a fabulous way to sneak in some subtle (or not) color (or black or mahogany...,) but it can be a nice way to fine tune the width. I tell customers that this is truly custom- that they are custom designing their frame moulding and no one else is likely to have the same thing. Works nicely with some folks.

edie the afilletforeveryframe goddess
Liners? Any thoughts on fabric wrapped liners?

LJ, Roma, APF/Munn, and many of the high-end closed-corner frame manufacturers have mouldings that would suit your need. The real issue is suiting the budget.
Since APF took over Munn, it may be possible to
get more profiles in metal leaf, if that suits
the clients pocketbook.

Thanks for all of your replies. I ended up putting two moldings together. The outer, a flat 4" wide gold profile (Presto 3471) w/ an inner large gold bead (Presto 4641). The total width was more along the line of 4.5" but my clients loved the custom look.