All About Picture Framing : How to Fit Your Canvas Into a Picture Frame


On behalf of Expert Village, I’m Debbie Reeves
at John’s Design Center and I’m here to tell you about custom picture framing. Now we are
going to fit this canvas that we built the frame for. So what we do is, we put the canvas
inside. We do not use glass whenever you are using a canvas. And what we are going to use
is offset clips (they are these little tiny clips here). We just need to put four of them,
it doesn’t take very many. I put little bumpers on them because these don’t fit just right,
so we have to make it fit. Okay, now we take our drill and we want to drill these into
the frame. This is going to hold the canvas in without damaging the frame, the wood or
anything. It is nice and safe. Be very careful with the frame because it is face down and
you don’t want to scratch it. So, we put all four on, okay. Now, you find the top and you
want to have that next to you. So, here’s the top. Now what we want to do is put paper
on the back. You can either use brown paper, or I’m going to use black paper. So I’m going
to tear a piece of paper off, and I’m going to set it right here. Now because this is
a canvas and it’s higher here than here, I’m going to use that double stick tape like we
used when we were putting the mats together. So, what I do is I just put it all the way
around the frame, and press it down nice and tight. You don’t want to go right up against
the frame because otherwise, then you are trying to peel off the paper because it sticks.
So I put it about an eighth of an inch away from the edge of the frame. Then, I take the
little paper off. Again, try to keep your table clean. Now I take my paper and I just
put it right on the edge. Then I get to this edge. It’s a little tricky because it has
some height up here. So I start in the middle and work myself to each end (each corner)
with a little crease.
This makes…what it does is it’s called a “dust cover.” If you didn’t put this on this
oil painting, you’d get spiders and dust and all kinds of things in the back of your picture.
Take a regular razor blade and I use my finger as my guide and I cut all the way around.
Now, I’m going to use my thumb as my guide and the paper should just peel right off.
See how nice and clean the back looks?

Dereck Turner

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