Picture Framing: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-153 (Storey Publishing Bulletin, a-153)
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terms. A glossary begins on page 29. Your Work Area Picture framing supplies and equipment can be hazardous! When setting up your work area, keep safety in mind: Keep your work area off-limits at all times to young children. Keep the area clean and free from pins, broken glass, razor blades, open containers of flammable materials, and electrical cords. Wear safety glasses and use gloves when necessary. Keep the area well ventilated, especially when using paints, glues, and solvents.
Cut the under mat opening to the exact 7”×9” size. The top mat opening will be ¼” larger on all sides, or 7½”×9½” leaving ¼” of under mat showing and a top mat border of 1¾” on all sides. Standard frames and frame kits. When using standard frames or frame kits available in 1” increments, the mat borders are determined by subtracting the mat opening size from the frame size, then dividing the number in half to find the mat widths. Example: For a mat opening of 7”×9” and a frame size of
top corners to stick, then the top edge. Slowly let the picture down on the board from the top to the bottom. Cover the picture with a clean piece of paper and press it down with a clean rolling pin, working from the center out. Remove any spray residue with adhesive release and cotton swabs. Trim the backing board to the size required. If you are matting the piece, attach the mat to the backing board with ATG first, then trim off the excess backing. Building the Frame There are
several ways to purchase picture frames. Depending on your interest, tools, and budget, you can decide at what level to start. If you are a beginner, buying a precut or “chop” frame, frame kit, or ready-made frame is simplest. Making your own molding. If you are a woodworker with a well-equipped shop, you can manufacture your own moldings using a router or table saw. The Home Book of Picture Framing by Kenn Oberrecht gives detailed instructions for making many common molding profiles. Buying
for framing many different pieces. If you have worked with simple hand tools and can measure and cut accurately, you can learn to frame your own pictures — and save money. Suitable for Framing Just about anything drawn, painted, or printed on paper, fabric, or glass can be successfully framed and displayed. This bulletin covers the basics of framing artwork on paper: Original artworks — watercolors, and drawings in pencil, pen, crayons, charcoal, and pastels Reproductions (limited