You will discover 5 uncomplicated methods to framing.
Step one – How to Slash Mats
Including a colour border (the mat) all-around your artwork improves the picture and delivers a restful spot involving the image and the photograph frame. The color and size of your picture frame sizes must be made the decision 1st, as this can figure out the overall dimensions of the picture body. You start by calculating the exterior dimension from the mat.
To chop the mat make use of a high quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. You can find many slicing methods to suit several budgets and ability ranges, including the Mat Master Model 660 for that hobbyists, on the Mat Learn 860B or 1060B to the eager dwelling image framer.
Mark the borders to generally be cut around the back again of the mat board.
Ensure that the mat will include the edges of your artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8″ through the picture dimensions (duration & width). Lower the mat following the instructions for your mat cutter. Attach the image to your mat using 2 small pieces of acid free tape to the top edge only.
Step 2 – The best way to Reduce the picture Body
How much photo 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 photo frame.
Add the size (L) and width (W) together, then multiply the total by 2 to give you the overall duration. You also have to allow for your mitre cuts, so multiply the width (W2) of your moulding by 10 and add this to your total.
(L W) x 2 (W2 x 10) = TOTAL
Creating the 45 degree mitre cut in your framing material is most important – your joining will only be as fantastic as your cutting. Always make use of a good quality manual Mitre Saw… we recommend the Proman hand saw which is made in Sweden as the best on the market. Electric powered Drop Saws are not ideal for chopping small delicate image frames.
Very good Measure System helps to make measuring easy and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have lower the initially mitre, slide the image frame material along towards the required duration to the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to chop the initially 2 pieces of the photograph body. Change the settings to cut the other 2 sides of the body.
Chopping one side for a body is straightforward.
Reducing the second side to be be the same as the to start with, is the hard part. With the FrameCo Ezy-Measure System you can slice accurately every time.
Move 3 – The best way 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 from the Strap Clamp is that you can see all the four corners of your image frame clamped together before joining. So alignment from the corners is quick.
All corners should match up evenly. Apply a little wood glue to all corners of your frame for added strength. Carefully tension the clamp making certain that the corners are aligned then secure the clamp tightly.
You are now ready for joining.
Action 4 – Ways to Join Frames
Most photograph 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 on the body. 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 back 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 adding a V-Nail you achieve a strong, tight joint. Which V-Nail sizing . . . You utilize a V-Nail about 1/2 the frame height.
Sizes are: 7mm – 1/4″, 10mm – 3/8″, 12mm – 1/2″, 15mm – 5/8″
Action five – Ways to Finish Frames
Take the empty image body to a glass merchant and have them slice a piece of glass for you. If you wish to cut 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 straightforward to chop. 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 photo 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 tends to prevent dust or insects getting into the image.