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Framing an engraving with a mat and bevel

Making a master key is used to highlight the print (engraving or other work on paper) by isolating it from an external context. Its hue and width are the factors that mainly affect the result. But the shape of the inner cup is not innocuous. A straight cut (perpendicular to 90°) causes a fairly abrupt hyphenation effect that favors contrasts while a beveled cut (45°, made with a special camera, here in the photo) allows a more harmonious break. But if you are looking for an accented depth effect, it is better to add to the cutter mat (straight or bevelled), the thickness of a cardboard whose bevelled window will match that of the mat.

Necessary material

  • Rule
  • Plastic graduated ruler
  • Metre
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Cutter
  • Special tool to open bevels
  • square
  • Strip of gummed kraft paper
  • Strip of white paper gummed
  • Vinyl wood glue
  • Sponge

Steps

  1. Prepare the frame with mat and bevel
  2. Framing the engraving

Prepare the frame with mat and bevel

Draw on the pre-bevelled strips at a 45° angle

Draw on the pre-bevelled strips at a 45° angle

1. If professionals today have special machines and tools that can work in large sheets of wood cardboard (white, 3 mm thick, gray is more reserved for the use of frame funds ), the amateur can find pre-bevelled strips in different widths. It is enough for him to cut them at 45° according to his measurements which he will have carried on the band with the help of a square.

Cut 45° pre-bevelled strips

Cut 45° pre-bevelled strips

2. At the end of each band, make a precise and straight cut to the cutter and the ruler on the 45° drawing made at the square.

Assemble the miter cuts with gummed kraft paper

Assemble the miter cuts with gummed kraft paper

3. Assemble the miter cuts with gummed kraft paper placed above and below the join of the wood cardboard strips to make the tapered window.

Laying of white paper gummed on the bevel

Laying of white paper gummed on the bevel

4. Place the gummed white paper on the bevel of the cardboard tape, which, when moistened, is easier to fit than a white adhesive paper that does not allow repositioning.

Corner cut on the wrapping paper

Corner cut on the wrapping paper

5. Also, trim the bevel wrapping paper. Doing it at the exact distance does not always happen the first time, but you will quickly find the right markers for successful beveled corners perfectly dressed with this paper protection.

Laying a white adhesive paper

Laying a white adhesive paper

6. Depending on the matte color, it is also possible to stain the bevel wrapping paper with dry pastel or fast drying acrylic paint. If you also find gold or silver papers, usually adhesive, you can also stain your white base paper once in place, with tube or pot waxes, gold or silver and polish it.

Glue the top of the wood cardboard strips

Glue the top of the wood cardboard strips

7. Glue the top of the wood cardboard strips together with vinyl glue (wood glue, for example).

Position the mat on the beveled cardboard frame

Position the mat on the beveled cardboard frame

8. Position your mat very precisely on the beveled cardboard frame to match the inner cups and then hand-grind to get a good grip.

Framing the engraving

Fix the engraving on the back of the frame formed by the beveled cardboard and the passe-partout

Fix the engraving on the back of the frame formed by the beveled cardboard and the passe-partout

1. Depending on the texture and grammage of the artwork, attach it to the back of the beveled cardboard and mat. It must always be remembered that any framed work must be able to be recovered intact, outside of its frame, if only to preserve its possible market value. The gummed tape therefore prevails because it can be easily detached by moistening.

Cut the overhangs of the fastening strip

Cut the overhangs of the fastening strip

2. Turn the set over to check the proper framing of the work in its mat. If you find the assembly satisfactory, cut the edges of the binding strip.

Position two parallel fasteners at the top of the carton

Position two parallel fasteners at the top of the carton

3. Place two parallel fasteners in the top of the bottom board and connect them with a nylon string. Check your nodes well. This mode of suspension is preferable for a print because the wand that surrounds it is generally thinner than those used for paintings and offers only a random support to hooks screwed into the wood.

Setting up the glass

Setting up the glass

4. This is the moment of the final assembly. Check the dimensions of the glass in relation to the frame, then position it, the mat and its beveled cardboard, the engraving and the bottom cardboard in the rebate of the frame. Press the tips at an angle into the bottom carton to close it. In the presence of a stamp of value, take the precaution of putting on the back of the work, a paper "barrier" which will protect it from the acidity of the cartons unless you have these specially treated materials which have a neutral ph guaranteeing the absence of acidity.

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