Creating Photograph Frames Recommendations

You will discover 5 effortless measures to framing.

Action 1 – The way to Minimize Mats

Adding a color border (the mat) about your artwork improves the image and gives a restful region amongst the image along with the photograph frame. The color and dimension on the mat board has to be resolved initially, as this will likely decide the overall proportions of your photo body. You begin by calculating the external dimension in the mat.

To chop the mat utilize a good quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. You will find various cutting techniques to fit a variety of budgets and talent ranges, including the Mat Master Model 660 with the hobbyists, to your Mat Master 860B or 1060B to the eager household image framer.

Mark the borders to get cut over the back again of your mat board.

Be certain the mat will deal with the edges of your artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8″ through the graphic dimensions (length & 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 around the top edge only.

Move 2 – How to Minimize the image Body

How much image 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 picture fits easily into the finished photo body.

Add the length (L) and width (W) together, then multiply the total by 2 to give you the overall size. You also have to allow to the mitre cuts, so multiply the width (W2) from the moulding by 10 and add this to your total.

(L W) x 2 (W2 x 10) = TOTAL

Building the 45 degree mitre reduce in your framing material is most important – your joining will only be as superior as your chopping. Always utilize a high 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 image frames.

Very good Measure System helps to make measuring quick and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have slash the initial mitre, slide the picture frame material along on the required duration within the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to chop the initially 2 pieces of one’s photograph body. Change the settings to chop the other 2 sides from the body.

Cutting one side for a body is easy.

Cutting the second side to generally be be the same as the initially, is the hard part. With the FrameCo Ezy-Measure System you can slash accurately every time.

Stage 3 – Tips on how to Clamp Frames

How do you Clamp the Frame? Clamping the body tightly is essential for excellent joining. You can use the a Cord Clamp, or the Steel Strap Clamp to secure the image body ready for joining.

The advantage with the Strap Clamp is that you can see all the four corners from the photo body clamped together before joining. So alignment in the corners is quick.

All corners should match up evenly. Apply a little wood glue to all corners with the body for added strength. Carefully tension the clamp producing confident that the corners are aligned then secure the clamp tightly.

You are now ready for joining.

Stage 4 – The best way to Join Frames

Most photo frames are joined with a V-Nail. This is the easiest method and it is what the professional image framer uses. The FrameCo PushMaster joining tool, inserts V-Nails into the corner with the body. Two V-Nails in each corner is usually all that is necessary.

The picture frame sizes 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 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 to the edge in the V-Nail locks the nail into the grain of the timber. Glue alone is not sufficient for strong stable joints, by incorporating a V-Nail you achieve a strong, tight joint. Which V-Nail sizing . . . 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 – How you can Finish Frames

Take the empty image body to a glass merchant and have them cut a piece of glass for you. If you wish to chop glass yourself make use of a top 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 frame face down and insert the glass, then the matted image and lastly the backing board.

Use the PushMaster to insert brads or flexipoints into the rear of your respective picture 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 image, eg. photo frames.

To seal the artwork in the frame, tape over the brads/flexipoints using an excellent good quality backing tape. This tends to prevent dust or insects getting into the picture.