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Feeling Groovy..... V-groovy!

Posted by Martine Leete on

V-grooving is a great way to add the effect of a double or triple mat without using the mat board, making it a more cost effective way to give an image the same look.

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Get shirty!!!

Posted by Martine Leete on

Jumpers, shirts and T-shirts always make for an interesting framing project. Tricky at times, but satisfying all at the same. If you are doing your own framing they are time consuming and you’ll have to make sure you charge your customer accordingly. A lot of jumpers or shirts you get in to be framed are signed, and in a lot of cases are valuable one offs, so look after them. I’ve got a shirt on the go at the moment from people who have walked the Kokoda Track for charity, so lets take a closer look at this one. Mat...

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Why should I cut my own mats?

Posted by Martine Leete on

Yes, why should you? It takes time and is just another thing you have to learn....     But I think the benefits out way those points! Money would be my first benefit. Professional framers can charge you by the meter to cut your mats for you, making it not too economical. You can buy pre-cut mats of course, but I find it hard to buy the colour (and more to the point the size) you want! Artists especially tend not to stick to a specific size for their images.   Multi opening mats are very expensive to have made,...

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Why use a mat?

Posted by Martine Leete on

Why do we use mat board? Can't we just pop an image into a frame without it?   Well, yes you can, but there are a few good reasons not to. Firstly, a mat keeps the image away from the glass. Why is that important? A mat creates an air gap between the artwork and the glass which prevents the image from sticking to it in time. How can you get around that without using a mat? You can try a spacer, a little plastic strip that sits between the image and the glass. That way you can frame an...

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A little 'how to' on Clamping and Joining a frame

Posted by Martine Leete on

I want to run you through the basics of how to clamp and join a picture frame and give you some hints and tips along the way. It really isn't hard to do, especially with a little help from your local molding supplier. I would recommend that if you're just starting to do your own picture framing visit your local molding supplier with your frame measurements and get them to cut your frame for you.   Lets look at the "ingredients" we'll need: 4 Pieces of molding Vnails (they come in different sizes, the size you use depends on the...

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