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You will discover five uncomplicated measures to framing.Phase one - The best way to Cut MatsIntroducing a color border (the mat) all around your artwork enhances the picture and provides a restful spot amongst the impression as well as picture frame. The colour and sizing on the mat board have to be resolved very first, as this will likely decide the overall dimensions of the picture body. You begin by calculating the external dimensions in the mat.

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To chop the mat use a top quality bevel mat cutter and ruler. You can find quite a few slicing units to suit several budgets and skill ranges, including the Mat Grasp Design 660 with the hobbyists, towards the Mat Grasp 860B or 1060B to the keen home picture framer.Mark the borders for being slice on the back of your mat board.Be sure the mat will cover the edges with the artwork, by subtracting approx. 3mm or 1/8" from the picture measurement (size & width). Minimize the mat following the instructions for your mat cutter. Attach the image for the mat using 2 small pieces of acid free tape within the top edge only.Phase 2 - Ways to Lower the picture FrameHow much photograph body moulding material will I need? Carefully measure the image 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 overall duration. You also have to allow for the 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) = TOTALMaking the 45 degree mitre lower in your framing material is most important - your joining will only be as great as your reducing. Always use a good 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 cutting small delicate picture frames.Fantastic Measure System helps to make measuring simple and eliminates many mistakes. Once you have cut the initially mitre, slide the image body material along on the required duration on the measuring scale, and set the stop. You are now ready to chop the initially 2 pieces of your respective image body. Change the settings to chop the other 2 sides in the frame.Reducing one side for a frame is uncomplicated.Reducing the second side being be the same as the to start with, is the hard part. With the FrameCo Ezy-Measure System you can reduce accurately every time.Step 3 - How you can Clamp FramesHow do you Clamp the Body? Clamping the body tightly is essential for fantastic joining. You can use the a Cord Clamp, or the Steel Strap Clamp to secure the image frame ready for joining.The advantage of your Strap Clamp is that you can see all the four corners from the photo frame clamped together before joining. So alignment of your corners is quick.All corners should match up evenly. Apply a little wood glue to all corners in the body for added strength. Carefully tension the clamp producing positive that the corners are aligned then secure the clamp tightly.You are now ready for joining.Stage 4 - The way to Join FramesMost 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 from the body. 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 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 from the 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 from the V-Nail locks the nail into the grain in 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 size . . . 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"Stage 5 - How to Finish FramesTake the empty photo frame to a glass merchant and have them slice a piece of glass for you. If you wish to chop 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 uncomplicated to cut. You can also use 3mm MDF or cardboard. Place the empty body face down and insert the glass, then the matted picture 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 body, tape over the brads/flexipoints using a great quality backing tape. This can prevent dust or insects getting into the picture.

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