Advice and information about cutting and assembling mounts

Handy Hints

Cutting A Single Mount Using A Logan Bevel Cutter

Having cut a sheet of mount board to size, this takes you through the process of marking up and cutting a single mount.

Attaching Artwork Using A hinge Mount System

This illustrates a method of attaching 2D artwork to a mount system.  It explains why you might choose this type of mount system and its benefits.  The sheet then provides step by step instructions on how to make a hinge mount, from scratch.

Planning The Dimensions Of A Mount

This shows you how to decide on the dimensions of the piece of mountboard, from which you could go on to cut a simple mount.

Making Deep Bevel Edge Mounts - (members only)

Deep bevels in a mount create a real sense of quality and luxury in art work.  In this project we use foam core board to make the bevel strips, to which we attach decorative tapes to create a coloured or textured bevel.

Creating A Sink Mount - (members only)

Sink mounts are used to create a space into which objects can sit and artwork on thicker boards can be housed.  Once the "sink" is built, the supporting walls are flush with the surface of the artwork.  You can then make a mount in the usual way before moving on to framing it.

This sheet offers guidance on how to undertake this project, providing useful tips on avoiding some possible problems.

Making A Shadow Mount - (members only)

Shadow mounts are used for two main reasons:
1. aesthetics – the shadow effect can be used to great effect to add depth and interest to a picture;
2. practicality – providing depth behind the glass.  This is  particularly useful where needlecraft has items sewn in to the design (beads etc) or where the choice of sewn threads creates raised effects.

This sheet takes you through the process of creating a shadow mount and helps you to avoid potential hazards along the way.

Tapes & Their Uses

We use a variety of tapes in picture framing.  It's not always easy to decide which tape is best for a particular element of framing as you are making a purchase.  This sheet takes you through the stages of framing indicating the "tape options" on the way.

Using Pass Through Hinges - (members only)

When you want to see the whole piece of artwork, but need to have it stuck down on to a coloured board, what do you use?  In the case of most 2D artwork, pass-through hinges will be the answer.  They are similar to T-Hinges, but the "attaching end" sits behind the board rather than being visible above the artwork.  This sheet takes you though how to position your artwork and attach with "pass-through" hinges.

Using V-Hinges to Attach Artwork - (members only)

This is used for an invisible mount attachment allowing the artwork to “float” within the mount opening. It is really only suitable for small pieces as it is basically a weak attachment. It works most easily when using a gummed hinging tape strip, attached, in part, to the back of the artwork.


Project 8: Six of the Best (Intro, Options 1 & 2) - (members only)

This is the introductory sheet, providing an overview for the project.  Option one illustrates the impact that a thicker mount board (8 ply) can have, without needing much depth in the moulding rebate.  The second option described is for a triple mount where the top two layers run at the outside edge of the mount.

Project 8: Six of the Best (Option 3) - (members only)

Cutting V-Grooves around a mount catches the light, creating a fine, sculpted effect.  This "option" describes two methods for planning, marking up and cutting v-grooves.

Project 8: Six of the Best (Options 4 & 5) - (members only)

Using deep bevel mounts (option 4) to give depth behind the glass is effective.  When care is taken to match the mount colour and face colour of the deep bevels, the impact is even greater. The second option looks at creating a similar depth from the glass, but this time using a limed slip moulding.

Project 8: Six of the Best (Option 6) - (members only)

Option 6 again deals with depth away from the glass but reveals how to split a triple mount up and varying the depth of spacer between each layer of mount board.


Mount Cutting and Decoration

An overview of the Mount Cutting and Decoration course