DIY picture framing not only saves money, but also gives people the satisfaction of framing their own artwork in the way they desire. Let's take a look at how it's done.
The materials required for carrying out the framing at home are:
- Photograph or sketch that needs to be framed.
- Piece of a chip board
- Piece of a matt board
- Acid-free paper
- Acid-free glue
- Piece of glass (lexan, plexiglass, or lucite)
- Glazer's Points
- 4 pieces of molding, strait boards or picture frame boards
- Stain or paint for finish
- Hardware in order to hang the frame later
- Wood filler to fill the gaps
In order to convert the materials mentioned here to an elegant picture frame, certain tools are required.
- Clean and flat workspace, which is larger than the size of the frame to be made. Using the floor as workspace is a good option, if the frame is too large for a table or workbench.
- Angled mat cutter
- Sharp box knife
- Corner clamp
Instructions to Make the Frame
Mounting and Mat Board Preparation
The mounting board must be strong and stiff to support the picture, because the picture is mounted on it (bottom layer of frame). The mounting board must be measured (according to the size of the picture) and marked using the pencil.
The acid-free paper must be cut in such a way that it covers the mounting board. Using acid-free glue, glue the acid-free paper to the mounting board. Make sure, ample amounts of acid paper is left over to make mounting corners and strips. The glue needs to be dried completely before mounting the picture.
Mounting Corner and Strip Formation
To make mounting corners, cut 4 strips of acid-free paper and fold in half lengthwise. Next, unfold it. Fold the left edge, so that the top edge lies along the center crease. Do the same with the right side and turn it over. Once the mounting corner is ready, prepare the three other mounting corners.
For the mounting strips, cut out some strips of the acid-free paper and glue them to the rear of the picture using the glue. This is to stabilize the picture. Using glue, stick the mounting corners onto the mounting board (outside corners). The picture must be positioned in the corners correctly and place the picture neatly.
Mitre the Boards
Mitre is nothing but a 90 degree joint formed by the union of two boards cut at 45 degree angles. The board must be oriented in such a manner, that it is perpendicular to you. A mark from the bottom left corner to the top of the board at an angle of 45 degree must be made.
Final Mounting of the Picture
For final mounting, the frame is to be kept back side up, into which the clean, dry glass is dropped. The mat board follows the glass, which is followed by the mounted picture board.
Ensure that the latter two boards are placed in upside down position, that is the side to face the floor. Using glazing points, keep the entire structure intact. Using a screw driver, the points can be firmly pushed into the wood.
Irrespective of the technique used, the measurement taken must be accurate. Making picture frames can be quite convenient when the skill has been mastered. One can present picture frames as birthday gifts to near and dear ones.