You can find 5 simple methods to framing.
Step one – How to Slice Mats
Including a colour border (the mat) all around your artwork enhances the image and provides a restful spot involving the image plus the image body. The colour and sizing in the mat board need to be resolved initial, as this can establish the overall dimensions of your image body. You start by calculating the external size from the mat.
picture frame sizes
To chop the mat make use of a good quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. There are several cutting programs to go well with several budgets and talent levels, such as the Mat Grasp Design 660 for the hobbyists, to the Mat Learn 860B or 1060B for the keen dwelling image framer.
Mark the borders to generally be cut around the again in the mat board.
Be certain the mat will address the sides of the artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8″ from your graphic sizing (duration & width). Minimize the mat following the instructions for your mat cutter. Attach the picture on the mat using 2 small pieces of acid free tape within the top edge only.
Step 2 – How to Slash the image Frame
How much photograph 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 image fits easily into the finished photo frame.
Add the size (L) and width together, then multiply the total by 2 to give you the overall size. You also have to allow for your 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 minimize in your framing material is most important – your joining will only be as fantastic as your reducing. Always make use of a top quality manual Mitre Saw… we recommend the Proman hand saw which is made in Sweden as the best around the market. Electric powered Drop Saws are not ideal for cutting small delicate picture frames.
Good Measure System helps to make measuring uncomplicated and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have cut the very first mitre, slide the image frame material along into the required length within the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to chop the very first 2 pieces within your picture body. Change the settings to cut the other 2 sides with the body.
Reducing one side for a body is uncomplicated.
Cutting the second side to generally be be the same as the initial, is the hard part. With the FrameCo Ezy-Measure System you can slice accurately every time.
Phase 3 – Ways to Clamp Frames
How do you Clamp the Frame? Clamping the frame tightly is essential for excellent 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 from the photo 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 in the frame for added strength. Carefully tension the clamp creating certain that the corners are aligned then secure the clamp tightly.
You are now ready for joining.
Move 4 – Tips on how to Join Frames
Most picture 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 of your frame. Two V-Nails in each corner is usually all that is necessary.
The PushMaster can be used by hand alone on most photograph frames, or you can tap the PushMaster with a mallet if the frame is hardwood. The PushMaster can be upgraded into the BenchMaster® which will insert V-Nails into the harderst of timbers.
V-nails: How do they work?
Upon entry, the sides on 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 of your V-Nail locks the nail into the grain in 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 measurement . . . You use a V-Nail about 1/2 the frame height.
Sizes are: 7mm – 1/4″, 10mm – 3/8″, 12mm – 1/2″, 15mm – 5/8″
Action 5 – Tips on how to Finish Frames
Take the empty photograph frame to a glass merchant and have them reduce 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 quick to chop. 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 the image 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 frame, tape over the brads/flexipoints using a very good high-quality backing tape. This can prevent dust or insects getting into the image.