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Mat, Mount and Frame It Yourself (Crafts Highlights) Paperback – 28 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (28 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823030385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823030385
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.1 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you ae looking for answers to framing and mounting your art,photos or memorabelia then this is the book for you. It is wriiten in simple terms and the advice in my eyes has been invaluable. This book has been the best purchase I have made in a long time. It has made me look at framing photos in a new free way. The chapters are clear and cover every topic related to framing and mounting in an exciting fresh approach.
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I do not write many reviews but as is my want when I commit to a new hobby I read and purchase several books on the matter. This is without a doubt the best so far. The info is clear and detailed; you can practice and go back - nothing too fancy but well worthwhile - enjoy
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HASH(0x92361114) out of 5 stars Beyond Mat Knives 20 Feb. 2003
By Conrad J. Obregon - Published on
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Anyone who's ever brought something into a shop for framing knows the shock you can feel when you learn the cost. Many of us decide at that time that we want to use ready-made frames and mats, even though a custom frame or mat might enhance the presentation of the art even more. A few folks then take the big step of buying a mat knife and straight edge and cutting their own mats.
This book is aimed at people who want to go a step beyond cutting simple mats, although enough tips are offered on that subject so that even experienced mat cutters can learn something new. The book is designed to appeal to a wide audience from beginners to those who are considering constructing their own frames from scratch. It does it by simple, direct explanation, and you probably will find it sitting on your work table, like a recipe book, while you frame pictures. There's little art here. For example, the discussion of mat color selection makes it clear that this is a matter that is very personal, and about which the author can only provide the most general guidance.
On the other hand there's plenty of craft. For example, he discusses the variety of tools available and suggests which are worth investing in for the work that one contemplates. He suggested at least one tool that I did not know existed to deal with a problem I regularly encountered.
A typical example of the more complex tasks covered is the preparation of a double mat, that is, two mats stacked together so that the overmat has a larger window than the undermat. Trying to cut the windows separately will almost always lead to an uneven looking window. Logan tells you how to manipulate the two mats together so that the mats will nest evenly. Not brain surgery, but a useful technique.
Logan also spends some time debunking myths, like the supposed danger of using non-museum quality mats. He points out that not only have ordinary matboards improved with regard to the effects of acid content, but that it also makes no economic sense to use materials that will last longer than the framed object.
The book has a few weaknesses. The author clearly doesn't believe it is worth the expense for most people to prepare frames from scratch and gives short shrift to this area. To learn how to do this, you'll need a good manual on carpentry and joinery.
But for most of the framing jobs that the average person may want to try, this book will provide you with everything you need to know. Even experienced framers will probably pick up a tip or two that will make this book worthwhile.
144 of 147 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95bdcad4) out of 5 stars Absolutely a must-have book for those who frame anything 28 Jun. 2002
By Angel Lee - Published on
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This is a good book to have if you ever need to frame anything. It is must-have if you need to frame things regularly. It includes absolutely everything you need to know about framing.
The book starts out helping you plan ahead by determining whether you need a mat, what size you need if you do and what frame size you should use. A list of standard frame sizes, help on reading a ruler, rules to live by and an explanation of weighted borders are also here. The border finder, which helps you determine how big your borders should be is very helpful. There is also great advice on selecting colors for both the frame and mat as well as great tips on saving time and money. I love the many examples here of what to do, and what not to do, to show off your art in the best light.
Then you learn all about materials and equipment. This includes details choosing mat board, foam board, frames and glazing (glass / acrylic) materials. There is also essential information hardware, as well as mounting and mat-cutting materials. I like the author's "bottom line" page that gives the total cost of setting up a mat cutting / framing workshop.
Next you learn how to prepare materials, including how to easily size mat board and glazing. Frame making from scratch follows. This encompasses calculating lumber needs, and using box, flat, J, covered, beaded, and beveled molding. You even learn to make a box for objects. The details of cutting mat windows follow. Single, double, multiple-opening, double multiple-opening, title indent, title window, stepped-corner, eight-sided window, oval / round and V-grove mat making are all here. Everything is explained in detail with step-by-step photos and instructions. There is advice on how to get consistently good results with many insider secrets throughout.
The last sections focus on mounting, assembling frames, glazing, handling and hanging artwork. In the mounting chapter you learn not only how to do to safe regular framing but conservation and museum safe framing. You also learn permanent and removable mounting techniques as well as how to mount pastel art (elevation mounting), needlework and three-dimensional objects. Again the instructions for everything are excellent, accompanied by demonstrating photos.
There is a great list of resources in the back that includes web site addressees. There is also a handy index. This book makes the perfect housewarming or wedding gift. It's also a great find for artists or anyone who collects art.
69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92586fe4) out of 5 stars Excellent book: my top pick 8 May 2006
By J. Higginson - Published on
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I have been doing amateur framing for about seven years, and have read a lot of framing books. This book is (easily and definitely) my pick as the best book for beginning (and more experienced) amateur picture framers. What I liked about the book: * lots of helpful colourful photos; * easy to read text: * shows that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get into this hobby / profession and produce excellent results; * covers many useful topics without getting into the more advanced, more complex topics (e.g., gesso); * at the end of each section, the author summarizes the important points. The best thing I like about this book is that the author provides many rules-of-thumb; for example, how much of a border should there be around a piece of art work; how wide should be the frame; how deep should be the rabbet; what colours are best given the colour of the artwork; etc. It is also nice to know that most of the things I taught myself (the hard way) are "correct"! With this book, I now understand why I am doing it right!

The book is not perfect. For example (as one reviewer mentioned) the whole topic of making your own frames is virtually ignored. The discussion of equipment related to the frames themselves (e.g., clamps, etc.)is also almost non-existent. Since I have been involved in picture framing for some time (but nothing too complex), I found the coverage of some topics rather, well, silly (e.g., how to read a ruler) and also disagreed with a few of the book's statements. This is to be expected; we all approach the topic differently, and as the author states, framing is a combination of art and science.

Nevertheless, this book is my first pick for learning the important aspects of picture framing.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9258e978) out of 5 stars This book will save you [money] 1 Feb. 2002
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This is the perfect book for some who wants to save money by learning how to frame artwork. It walked me through the steps on how to measure, select the right frame and assemble everything. It even helped me discover a catalog company that sells frames and supplies, American Frame Corp. It is very easy to read and understand, even for me. Thanks to the author for writing this book... he has save me a lot of money... because now I can frame it myself.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92588024) out of 5 stars I've found it very useful 4 July 2004
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I had been making my own frames and doing my own matting for a while before I got this book. I read it cover to cover and learned a lot, and I refer back to it quite often. It's somewhat disorganized, but the index makes up for that. The book even includes instructions for making molding on a table saw, which is unusual.
Deb's point about the cost of a mat cutter is valid; much as I'd love the $300 cutter, I do fine with a Logan 4000 and the Logan ruler, plus a couple of Handi-clamps. I think David Logan is a little too quick to dismiss the low-cost alternatives.
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