There are actually five effortless techniques to framing.
Stage 1 – The way to Slice Mats 16×24 frames
Including a colour border (the mat) about your artwork improves the picture and supplies a restful spot in between the graphic as well as photo body. The colour and dimension of your mat board need to be made the decision 1st, as this may figure out the general proportions of your photograph frame. You start by calculating the exterior measurement on the mat.
To chop the mat use a top quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. You can find many slicing units to accommodate various budgets and ability degrees, such as the Mat Grasp Model 660 to the hobbyists, towards the Mat Master 860B or 1060B for your eager residence photograph framer.
Mark the borders to generally be slash about the back again with the mat board.
Be certain the mat will deal with the perimeters of your artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8″ from your image size (duration & width). Reduce the mat following the instructions for your mat cutter. Attach the image to the mat using 2 small pieces of acid free tape about the top edge only.
Stage 2 – Tips on how to Slash the image Body
How much picture frame moulding material will I need? Carefully measure the picture and mat you wish to body. Add an extra (3mm) for “play” to ensure the picture fits easily into the finished picture body.
Add the duration (L) and width (W) together, then multiply the total by 2 to give you the overall duration. You also have to allow for that mitre cuts, so multiply the width (W2) of the moulding by 10 and add this to your total.
(L W) x 2 (W2 x 10) = TOTAL
Producing the 45 degree mitre slice in your framing material is most important – your joining will only be as excellent as your reducing. Always use a top 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 reducing small delicate photo frames.
Great Measure System helps to make measuring effortless and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have reduce the initial mitre, slide the image body material along into the required size within the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to chop the initially 2 pieces of your respective photograph frame. Change the settings to chop the other 2 sides of your frame.
Slicing one side for a body is quick.
Cutting the second side for being be the same as the first, is the hard part. With the FrameCo Ezy-Measure System you can reduce accurately every time.
Step 3 – The best way to Clamp Frames
How do you Clamp the Body? Clamping the body tightly is essential for superior joining. You can use the a Cord Clamp, or the Steel Strap Clamp to secure the picture body ready for joining.
The advantage with the Strap Clamp is that you can see all the four corners on the photo frame clamped together before joining. So alignment in the corners is effortless.
All corners should match up evenly. Apply a little wood glue to all corners with the frame 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.
Step 4 – The way to Join Frames
Most photo 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 with the frame. 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 body 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 of your V-Nail are deflected outwards. As it pulls back again 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 from 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 dimension . . . 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″
Action five – The best way to Finish Frames
Take the empty image body to a glass merchant and have them lower a piece of glass for you. If you wish to cut glass yourself use 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 body 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 one’s picture 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 frame, tape over the brads/flexipoints using a good quality backing tape. This will likely prevent dust or insects getting into the image.