You can find five effortless ways to framing.
Stage 1 – How you can Slice Mats
Including a color border (the mat) all over your artwork improves the picture and presents a restful space concerning the image along with the photo frame. The colour and dimension of your mat board should be made a decision to start with, as this can decide the general proportions within your photo body. You start by calculating the exterior dimensions on the mat.
To chop the mat use a top quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. You will find several cutting devices to go well with several budgets and talent levels, including the Mat Master Model 660 for your hobbyists, to the Mat Master 860B or 1060B with the keen house picture framer.
Mark the borders being reduce to the back again in the mat board.
Ensure that the mat will deal with the sides in the artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8″ in the image measurement (size & width). Slice 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.
Phase 2 – Ways to Cut the image Body
How much photograph body moulding material will I need? Carefully measure the image and mat you wish to body. Add an extra (3mm) for “play” to ensure the picture fits easily into the finished photo body.
Add the duration (L) and width (W) together, then multiply the total by 2 to give you the general length. You also have to allow for your mitre cuts, so multiply the width (W2) in the moulding by 10 and add this to your total.
(L W) x 2 (W2 x 10) = TOTAL
Making the 45 degree mitre reduce in your framing material is most important – your joining will only be as excellent as your chopping. Always utilize a good 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 cutting small delicate image frames.
Excellent Measure System helps to make measuring straightforward and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have 16×24 frames lower the first mitre, slide the image body material along to the required length around the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to chop the initially 2 pieces of the image body. Change the settings to chop the other 2 sides from the body.
Reducing one side for a body is uncomplicated.
Chopping the second side being be the same as the 1st, is the hard part. With the FrameCo Ezy-Measure System you can cut accurately every time.
Phase 3 – The way to Clamp Frames
How do you Clamp the Body? Clamping the frame tightly is essential for fantastic 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 on the photograph body clamped together before joining. So alignment of the corners is simple.
All corners should match up evenly. Apply a little wood glue to all corners of your frame for added strength. Carefully tension the clamp creating positive that the corners are aligned then secure the clamp tightly.
You are now ready for joining.
Action 4 – Ways to Join Frames
Most image frames are joined with a V-Nail. This is the easiest method and it is what the professional photograph framer uses. The FrameCo PushMaster joining tool, inserts V-Nails into the corner of the body. Two V-Nails in each corner is usually all that is necessary.
The PushMaster can be used by hand alone on most picture frames, or you can tap the PushMaster with a mallet if the frame is hardwood. The PushMaster can be upgraded to 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 around the edge with the V-Nail locks the nail into the grain on 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 size . . . 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″
Step five – The best way to Finish Frames
Take the empty picture body to a glass merchant and have them minimize 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 straightforward to cut. You can also use 3mm MDF or cardboard. Place the empty frame face down and insert the glass, then the matted photo and lastly the backing board.
Use the PushMaster to insert brads or flexipoints into the rear of one’s photograph 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 good quality backing tape. This could prevent dust or insects getting into the picture.