BHCC Mount Cutting Workshop – Thursday 08 December 2016
Some people now buy this online but the easiest place to get it (and probably cheapest) is from Seawhites:-
Seawhite Of Brighton Ltd.
Star Road Trading Estate
Check out their website here. They sell mount-board pre-cut to 40 x 50cm, both white and cream.
I like to go to Glass and Mirror in Leatherhead because I like to use Arqadia acid free archival mount-board. However it is a 100 mile round trip so I don’t go that often!
The Axis Centre
They only sell the mountboard in A0 size (roughly 82 x 122 cm.) so you need a bit of space in your car, and you need to be prepared to cut it to size yourself . Last time I bought some it was £4.43 for an A0 piece. This works out at £1.10 for a 40 x 50 cm mountboard.
You can also buy Arcadia on-line pre-cut to 40 x 50 cm. I have used a company called diyframing, but this is obviously more expensive way of buying it, working out to nearly £2 per sheet.
It is worth getting into the habit of cutting your mount-board to 40cm by 50cm. All the Club frames are this size and all National & International Print Competitions specify this size. It is also a common frame size in most shops.
You can spend thousands of pounds on a mount-cutter but the one I use is around £60 and I’ve never felt the need to upgrade it. It is a Logan System currently retailing at £62.50 from Amazon which will cut at a 45 degree angle. You will also need an A2 ‘self healing’cutting mat at around £10. I also have a Marker Gauge which Longridge sell for £15 – which is very useful. A long Perspex ruler is also very useful.
Don’t use masking tape to hold your print on the mount. It will just come off again at some point and probably ruin someone else’s print that’s in the same box. Use proper picture framer’s fixing tape. Avoid the stuff that you have to wet – it tends to then shrink and warp the mount. Amazon now sell this £8.49 for 3.8 cm 50m roll or £6.49 for 2.5cm 50m roll. There are various other companies that sell it e.g. ukpictureframingsupplies.co.uk.
You need to protect the back of your print from damage with just ordinary cheap card which you can also get from Seawhites. Again use proper tape to fix it to the mount.
Mounting your Print
Fixing the print to the mount
There are probably lots of ways of doing this but this is what I do.
David Gerrard ARPS