There are 5 simple actions to framing.
Move one – Ways to Minimize Mats
Adding a color border (the mat) all around your artwork boosts the picture and offers a restful place amongst the image as well as the picture body. The color and dimensions of the mat board have to be made the decision first, as this can decide the general proportions within your picture frame. You start by calculating the external size in the mat.
To cut the mat use a good quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. You will discover many reducing units to suit numerous budgets and talent stages, such as the Mat Master Product 660 for your hobbyists, for the Mat Grasp 860B or 1060B with the keen house image framer.
Mark the borders to be reduce within the back again from the mat board.
Be certain the mat will protect the edges with the artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8″ with the graphic dimension (duration & width). Minimize the mat following the instructions for your mat cutter. Attach the picture for the mat using 2 small pieces of acid free tape on the top edge only.
Step 2 – How to Slice the image Frame
How much image frame moulding material will I need? Carefully measure the image and mat you wish to frame. Add an extra (3mm) for “play” to ensure the picture fits easily into the finished photo frame.
Add the duration (L) and width (W) together, then multiply the total by 2 to give you the general size. You also have to allow for that mitre cuts, so multiply the width (W2) of the moulding by 10 and add this to your rustic picture frames total.
(L W) x 2 (W2 x 10) = TOTAL
Building the 45 degree mitre minimize in your framing material is most important – your joining will only be as fantastic as your cutting. Always use a high quality manual Mitre Saw… we recommend the Proman hand saw which is made in Sweden as the best about the market. Electric powered Drop Saws are not ideal for slicing small delicate photo frames.
Good Measure System helps to make measuring effortless and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have cut the initial mitre, slide the image frame material along to the required duration to the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to cut the initial 2 pieces within your photograph frame. Change the settings to chop the other 2 sides of the frame.
Chopping one side for a body is simple.
Reducing the second side for being be the same as the initial, is the hard part. With the FrameCo Ezy-Measure System you can reduce accurately every time.
Action 3 – The way 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 image body ready for joining.
The advantage of your Strap Clamp is that you can see all the four corners of your image body clamped together before joining. So alignment of the corners is easy.
All corners should match up evenly. Apply a little wood glue to all corners of your body for added strength. Carefully tension the clamp generating absolutely sure that the corners are aligned then secure the clamp tightly.
You are now ready for joining.
Phase 4 – The best way to Join Frames
Most picture 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 your frame. Two V-Nails in each corner is usually all that is necessary.
The PushMaster can be used by hand alone on most photo frames, or you can tap the PushMaster with a mallet if the frame is hardwood. The PushMaster can be upgraded on the BenchMaster® which will insert V-Nails into the harderst of timbers.
V-nails: How do they work?
Upon entry, the sides from the V-Nail are deflected outwards. As it pulls again into its original shape, the join is pulled together. The little curl over the edge in the V-Nail locks the nail into the grain from the timber. Glue alone is not sufficient for strong stable joints, by introducing a V-Nail you achieve a strong, tight joint. Which V-Nail dimensions . . . You use a V-Nail about 1/2 the body height.
Sizes are: 7mm – 1/4″, 10mm – 3/8″, 12mm – 1/2″, 15mm – 5/8″
Move five – The way to Finish Frames
Take the empty photo body to a glass merchant and have them slash a piece of glass for you. If you wish to cut glass yourself make use of a good 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 uncomplicated to cut. You can also use 3mm MDF or cardboard. Place the empty body face down and insert the glass, then the matted photograph and lastly the backing board.
Use the PushMaster to insert brads or flexipoints into the rear of your image frame 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 body, tape over the brads/flexipoints using an excellent high-quality backing tape. This could prevent dust or insects getting into the picture.