You can find 5 effortless techniques to framing.
Phase one – How to Reduce Mats
Introducing a color border (the mat) all-around your artwork enhances the picture and provides a restful area involving the impression as well as the image frame. The color and size with the mat board should be made a decision first, as this tends to identify the general dimensions of your photograph body. You begin by calculating the exterior sizing on the mat.
To chop the mat utilize a good quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. There are actually several 10×10 frame chopping techniques to fit many budgets and ability stages, including the Mat Learn Model 660 to the hobbyists, for the Mat Master 860B or 1060B for the keen home photograph framer.
Mark the borders being minimize about the back again with the mat board.
Be certain the mat will protect the sides on the artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8″ in the graphic dimensions (duration & width). Lower the mat following the instructions for your mat cutter. Attach the picture to the mat using 2 small pieces of acid free tape over the top edge only.
Action 2 – Tips on how to Slash the image Frame
How much photograph body moulding material will I need? Carefully measure the image and mat you wish to frame. Add an extra (3mm) for “play” to ensure the image fits easily into the finished picture frame.
Add the size (L) and width (W) together, then multiply the total by 2 to give you the overall length. You also have to allow for the mitre cuts, so multiply the width (W2) on the moulding by 10 and add this to your total.
(L W) x 2 (W2 x 10) = TOTAL
Producing the 45 degree mitre slash in your framing material is most important – your joining will only be as good as your slicing. Always use a top quality manual Mitre Saw… we recommend the Proman hand saw which is made in Sweden as the best to the market. Electric powered Drop Saws are not ideal for slicing small delicate picture frames.
Excellent Measure System helps to make measuring quick and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have slice the first mitre, slide the image frame material along for the required length on the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to chop the to start with 2 pieces of your respective image frame. Change the settings to chop the other 2 sides of the frame.
Cutting one side for a body is simple.
Cutting the second side to generally be be the same as the 1st, is the hard part. With the FrameCo Ezy-Measure System you can slice accurately every time.
Phase 3 – Tips on how to Clamp Frames
How do you Clamp the Frame? Clamping the body tightly is essential for great joining. You can use the a Cord Clamp, or the Steel Strap Clamp to secure the picture body ready for joining.
The advantage from the Strap Clamp is that you can see all the four corners on the picture body clamped together before joining. So alignment with the corners is simple.
All corners should match up evenly. Apply a little wood glue to all corners in the body for added strength. Carefully tension the clamp building certain that the corners are aligned then secure the clamp tightly.
You are now ready for joining.
Move 4 – The way to Join Frames
Most photograph frames are joined with a V-Nail. This is the easiest method and it is what the professional picture framer uses. The FrameCo PushMaster joining tool, inserts V-Nails into the corner of the frame. Two V-Nails in each corner is usually all that is necessary.
The PushMaster can be used by hand alone on most photograph frames, or you can tap the PushMaster with a mallet if the frame is hardwood. The PushMaster can be upgraded for the BenchMaster® which will insert V-Nails into the harderst of timbers.
V-nails: How do they work?
Upon entry, the sides with the V-Nail are deflected outwards. As it pulls back into its original shape, the join is pulled together. The little curl within the edge of the V-Nail locks the nail into the grain of your timber. Glue alone is not sufficient for strong stable joints, by incorporating a V-Nail you achieve a strong, tight joint. Which V-Nail dimension . . . You make use of a V-Nail about 1/2 the frame height.
Sizes are: 7mm – 1/4″, 10mm – 3/8″, 12mm – 1/2″, 15mm – 5/8″
Move five – Tips on how to Finish Frames
Take the empty photograph body to a glass merchant and have them reduce a piece of glass for you. If you wish to chop glass yourself use a high quality oil filled cutter, or the Glass Cutter. Use only 2mm plain or non-reflective glass.
Fome Core is the ideal backing board as it is light weight, acid free and effortless to chop. You can also use 3mm MDF or cardboard. Place the empty body face down and insert the glass, then the matted picture and lastly the backing board.
Use the PushMaster to insert brads or flexipoints into the rear of the image body to hold everything in place.
Use Backing Nails for large frames or heavy items. Flexipoints are flexible and ideal for needlework or when you want to re move the picture, eg. photo frames.
To seal the artwork in the frame, tape over the brads/flexipoints using a great high-quality backing tape. This will likely prevent dust or insects getting into the picture.