Dromore
Picture framing
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Picture framing

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10-Day, Basic to Advanced Skills Course

This course is designed to give the student a good working and practical knowledge of the picture framing business. More in depth time is spent on the basics, then moving into more advanced techniques, such as fabric framing, box framing, advanced mountcutting and mount design, hand finished frames, etc. Course Time: 9:00am – 5.00pm

The Workshop / Work Area

Machinery familiarisation, Health & Safety, Machinery Demonstrations

  1. Review of Fine Art Trade Guild Mountboard & Framing Standards
  2. Making / Joining Frames
  3. Calculation of moulding sizes
  4. Setting up of Morso mitre cutter, Use of the 3 scales on Morso / Guillotine
  5. Setting up of Underpinner, Talk about position of wedges
  6. Joining the frame, glue to be used on all mitres
  7. Cutting Glass / MDF / Measuring and cutting glass / MDF / other backing boards

Mount Cutting

  1. Mountboard Standards, Whitecore/Conservation/Solid Core/Cotton Core
  2. Basic Mountcutting…….cutting single & double mount
  3. Choosing mount colours, colour co-ordination and design
  4. Assessing the perfect mount cut, Setting up / calibration of mount cutter
  5. Cutting the mount, Single mounts / Double mounts
  6. Conservation Mounting / Hinging / Framing

Extensive Mount Cutting….Cont….

Mount cutting, Uneven borders / calculation of, setting out

Conservation Mounting / Hinging / Undermounts

Principals of Conservation mounting / threats to artwork, etc.

Setting up and calculation of ‘V’ grooves

Setting up and calculation of Multi-Aperture mounts

Wash-lines – setting up, calculation, and drawing of 2 sets of lines

Mounting techniques using fillets, Foam core / wooden fillets

Hand finished fillets

Attaching, Squaring, and mounting of decorated fabric art

Stretching / Fabric Art Squaring & Stretching Assembly of wooden stretcher bars

Canvas stretching / using stretching pliers, staples or tacks

Calculation of canvas size for frame

Attaching corner wedges & wire to hold wedges in place

Cutting / pinning of frame

Assembly of stretched canvas within frame rebate / Attaching canvas to frame using Z clips / canvas offset / spring clips

Stretching & Squaring of X-Stitch / tapestry, with T pins / Lacing project

Introduction to Box Framing / Stacking (Double Framing) Frames

Various techniques used to make boxes / shadow mounts

Understanding Artwork and Framing of differing mediums / subjects

Differing mediums, i.e.. Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Pastels

Differing Artwork on paper, i.e.. Photographs, LE Prints, OE Prints,

Original Artists Prints, Etchings, Engravings, Giclees, etc.

Framing Pastels / Job Sheets / Legal Responsibilities, etc.

Description of pastel properties / using fixatives, etc.

Conservation framing technique

Foam core spacers / frame spacers / creating space between front of image and rear of glass

Close framing techniques

Drymounting / Heatsealing

Drymounting COLD, i.e.. Self Adhesive Board

Drymounting HOT, Vacuum Press

Wet mounting

Heatsealing, differing finishes

Decorative / Creative ~ Hand Painted Mounts / Hand Painted Frames

Hand finishing of Obeche mouldings, using Everest paints / waxes

Hand finishing of mounts / Creative wash lining and decorated mounts

Creating mounts using Oval and Straight lines and Angle guides

Business / Pricing / Job Sheets

Making out job sheets, Making out work sheets

Proper workflow and paper flow / Record keeping, Computerised Pricing

Making computer details and backup hard copies

Designing frames and mounts for clients

Overview of Pricing Programmes FrameMan

Legal responsibilities towards clients / their artwork / correct storage

Materials Required:


GCF Study Guide, 1000mm Rule, Wide Nibbed Ruling Pen, Corner Gauge, Acrylic / Watercolour Paints, Notebook & Pen, Small X Stitch, Baby’s Bonnet


For Book Sales: Contact Moira at the Fine Art Trade Guild office (020) 7381 6616 or moira@fineart.co.uk