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Cleaning and Cutting Glass

CLEANING GLASS Thoroughly clean the glass before laying it on the matting or artwork. If using window glass, it may be covered with a grainy resin coating that should be brushed off as much as possible before cleaning. Household glass cleaners are acceptable, but avoid ammonia and perfumes that may add unwanted chemicals to the framing package. Commercial glass cleaners are […]

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Reducing Glass to Size

REDUCING GLASS AND ACRYLIC TO FRAME SIZE Like matboard and foamboard, glass and acrylic can be quickly and accurately sized with a squaring arm. The measuring feature of the squaring arm is particularly pertinent when cutting glass or acrylic because, unlike matboard and foamboard, it is difficult to mark the surface of glass or acrylic, and since the use of a squaring arm eliminates the need […]

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Mounting 3D Objects

For the greatest flexibility in mounting 3-dimensional objects, your mounting surface should be foamboard. You will, of course, want to cover it with an attractive fabric like velvet or felt, but you will need the soft, workable nature of foamboard to employ the widest range of mounting methods. To mount loose items like necklaces, handkerchiefs and scarves, sew them to the surface of […]

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Creating Shadow Box Effects

Occasionally, for aesthetic effect, framers want to raise the window mat off the artwork so it appears to be suspended above the artwork, sort of hovering there. This is called a shadow box effect. There is some confusion with this terminology since “shadow box” also refers to the type of deep frame used for displaying three-dimensional objects, also known as an object […]

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Shadow Box Mat

The spacer mat is basically a double mat with spacer material hidden between the two boards (or under the boards.) The shadow created by the spacer is an attractive design feature. The depth of a spacer mat makes it perfect for objects, or art that has dimension—because it allows space between the artwork and the […]

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Framing Needlework and Fabric

There are many kinds of needlework, including counted cross-stitch, needlepoint, and quilting; certain principles apply to framing all of them. These principles can also be applied to framing a silk scarf and most other fabric items. All fabrics must be supported before being framed. There are several methods used by picture framers, all of which are designed to pull the fabric […]

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Mounting Needle Art

Needle art can be mounted quickly and easily with acid-free needlework tape. To better preserve needle art and keep it out of contact with adhesive, you may want mount it by pinning and lacing. Cut a sheet of 3/16″ thick foamboard about 3 inches smaller on each dimension than your canvas. Arrange some cotton batting in the middle of the foamboard and then place your […]

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