Generating Photograph Frames Guidelines

9 x 12 frame

There are 5 straightforward methods to framing.

Phase one – The way to Lower Mats

Incorporating a color border (the mat) about your artwork boosts the image and gives a restful region in between the picture as well as the photograph frame. The colour and size with the mat board must be decided 1st, as this will decide the general dimensions of the picture frame. You begin by calculating the external sizing on the mat.
picture frame sizes

To cut the mat use a high quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. You’ll find many slicing methods to accommodate several budgets and skill stages, including the Mat Grasp Product 660 for that hobbyists, to the Mat Master 860B or 1060B for your keen home photograph framer.

Mark the borders for being minimize on the back again of your mat board.

Make sure the mat will address the edges of your artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8″ through the impression sizing (length & width). Cut the mat following the instructions for your mat cutter. Attach the picture for the mat using 2 small pieces of acid free tape on the top edge only.

Step 2 – The best way to Slash the picture Frame

How much photograph frame 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 photograph body.

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

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

Building the 45 degree mitre slash in your framing material is most important – your joining will only be as superior as your slicing. Always make use of a high 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 slicing small delicate picture frames.

Good Measure System helps to make measuring easy and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have cut the initial mitre, slide the picture frame material along for the required duration around the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to cut the very first 2 pieces of your respective photograph frame. Change the settings to cut the other 2 sides from the body.

Cutting one side for a frame 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 lower accurately every time.

Step 3 – How to Clamp Frames

How do you Clamp the Body? Clamping the frame tightly is essential for great 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 in the photograph frame clamped together before joining. So alignment of the corners is uncomplicated.

All corners should match up evenly. Apply a little wood glue to all corners of the frame for added strength. Carefully tension the clamp creating positive that the corners are aligned then secure the clamp tightly.

You are now ready for joining.

Step 4 – How to Join Frames

Most photo 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 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 image frames, or you can tap the PushMaster with a mallet if the body is hardwood. The PushMaster can be upgraded towards 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 to the edge with the V-Nail locks the nail into the grain with 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 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″

Action five – How to Finish Frames

Take the empty photo body to a glass merchant and have them lower a piece of glass for you. If you wish to chop glass yourself utilize 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 easy to cut. You can also use 3mm MDF or cardboard. Place the empty frame face down and insert the glass, then the matted photograph and lastly the backing board.

Use the PushMaster to insert brads or flexipoints into the rear within 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 could prevent dust or insects getting into the image.

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