How to Remove and Replace the Spring Clips in your Metal Picture Frame Package

Spring tension clips, or simply “spring clips”, are used to keep the picture frame’s components, mount board, artwork, mat board, and glazing, secured tightly within the frame.


When you purchase a metal picture frame from Frame Destination that includes components such as mat board, mount board, glass or acrylic, the frame will arrive with the spring clips already installed. You must remove the clips before installing your artwork and then replace them afterward.






Get an inexpensive pair of needle nose pliers. Flip the frame over. The spring clips are inside the space between the frame and the components.

pic name Grasp a spring clip with
the pliers.
pic name Gently pull it free;
be careful not to scratch
the component underneath.
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clips have been removed.


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Place a spring clip on its
side with the top edge
against the frame.
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Open the clip by pressing
the ends back toward the
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Slide the clip underneath the
frame and rotate it so the top
edge presses against the

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Secure clip firmly beneath
the frame.

*The number of spring clips included in the frame package varies by frame size and components; however, we typically install extra. Please contact us if you require more than what was included.*

About the author


Joely Rogers is the vice president of Frame Destination, Inc. She has been with the company since 2005. Joely has a graduate degree in English language education and storytelling from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is also a lifelong artist and paints, sculpts, and creates art journals and jewelry in her cozy home studio. Her personal website is

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