Building Photograph Frames Suggestions

There are 5 quick actions to framing.

Step one – Tips on how to Lower Mats

Including a color border (the mat) all over your artwork improves the picture and presents a restful region amongst the impression as well as the photo frame. The color and sizing of the mat board needs to be made the decision initially, as this can decide the overall dimensions of your photograph body. You begin by calculating the external measurement on the mat.

To cut the mat utilize a good quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. You will find several cutting devices to fit many budgets and skill stages, such as the Mat Grasp Model 660 for your hobbyists, into the Mat Learn 860B or 1060B for the keen house image framer.

Mark the borders being slice on the back of the mat board.

Make certain the mat will go over the perimeters of the artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8″ with the graphic size (length & width). Lower the mat following the instructions for your mat cutter. Attach the image into the mat using 2 small pieces of acid free tape about the top edge only.

Move 2 – Ways to Reduce the image Frame

How much image 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 photograph frame.

Add the length (L) and width (W) together, then multiply the total by 2 to give you the general size. You also have to allow with the 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

Earning the 45 degree mitre reduce in your framing material is most important – your joining will only be as excellent as your cutting. Always utilize a top quality manual Mitre Saw… we recommend the Proman hand saw which is made in Sweden as the best within the market. Electric powered Drop Saws are not ideal for chopping small delicate photograph frames.

Great Measure System helps to make measuring simple and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have slice the initially mitre, slide the image frame material along for the required duration on the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to cut the initially 2 10×10 frame pieces of your respective picture body. Change the settings to cut the other 2 sides of your frame.

Slicing one side for a body is simple.

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

Phase 3 – The way to Clamp Frames

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

The advantage from the Strap Clamp is that you can see all the four corners of your picture frame clamped together before joining. So alignment on the corners is uncomplicated.

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 sure that the corners are aligned then secure the clamp tightly.

You are now ready for joining.

Stage 4 – Ways 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 from the 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 to 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 again into its original shape, the join is pulled together. The little curl about the edge of the V-Nail locks the nail into the grain of your timber. Glue alone is not sufficient for strong stable joints, by introducing a V-Nail you achieve a strong, tight joint. Which V-Nail sizing . . . You make use of a V-Nail about 1/2 the body height.

Sizes are: 7mm – 1/4″, 10mm – 3/8″, 12mm – 1/2″, 15mm – 5/8″

Step 5 – The best way to Finish Frames

Take the empty photograph frame 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 effortless 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 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 image, eg. photo frames.

To seal the artwork in the body, tape over the brads/flexipoints using an excellent top quality backing tape. This can prevent dust or insects getting into the picture.

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