So I've made a few picture frames recently, some already posted in projects and one more that should go up soon. I have the glass cut, the picture ready, the backing and some thin, pointed pieces of metal used to hold the backing in. When you look at the back of a picture, the metal that you bend down against the backing to hold it in. I'm working with Bodark (Osage Orange) and curly red oak, I tried to press them in and can't get them to go without bending. I tried to use a 1/4" chisel to make a slight groove to get it started and that didn't help. Is there a technique for getting these in that I'm missing? They are pretty sturdy little clips, it takes a decent amount of pressure before they bend and once they are bent I can't squish them any further with my hands.
Help would be appreciated…I hate getting stuck right at the end!
As someone who sidelines as an amateur woodworking photographer. I have made many frames.
I find the easiest and cheapest way to secure a picture is to use window points (also called glazing points).
Pretty much any local hardware store carrys them, I think roughly $2 for a pack of 100.
My technique is to put a glazing point flat on the backing and use a slightly flexible putty knife and just rock it side to side while applying forward pressure. The point just works its way into the wood. I dont seem to have much of a problem getting them in, although having said that I also haven't tried it on the woods your using. I have noticed that the more dense the wood the harder it is to get a point in there, but I am able to push it into Oak without many issues.
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