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Re: matting artwork


From: Judy Nagel (jdnag_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 04 2002 - 08:08:20 PST can find framers tape on page 201 in the sax catalog..
Judy Nagel
Sax Arts & Crafts
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From: "Jerry Vilenski" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Sent: Monday, March 04, 2002 8:36 AM
Subject: Re: matting artwork

> I have a slightly different approach to matting artwork that may interest
you. Over the years, I have noticed that hot glue is very sensitive to
humidity and temperature variations, and has a tendency to let go at the
most inconvenient times! In my district, we do a large K-12 show in the
public library, which stays up most of the summer. It is a community event,
and a really big deal for this small town. The problem is that the work has
to endure for a couple of months, not just a week or so. The way I handle
my part is to use double sided framers tape, the type used to glue paper
backings on frames. It is simply the best stuff I have ever used! The tape
comes in rolls that fit into a gun of sorts (3M makes it) and applies
> around the edges of the paper or tag frame. I hang a lot of work-250-300,
and we hang a lot of it from the ceiling of the library, so it can't be
falling off on peoples heads! Much of the work is mounted on 16x20 fomecore,
double sided, with colored tag covering the fomecore. Pictures up to 12x18
look great on them, and appear double or triple matted. Pictures are mounted
on both sides and hung from hooks from the ceiling. The tape holds like
iron, and when it is time to dismount the work, I simply take a putty knife
and run it around the edge of the work, and off it comes. I have even
displayed 3D work this way, by both taping and wiring the work to the
> My advice to anyone hanging a large show is to get scientific about it--in
other words, standarize sizes, use reliable adhesives and mounting
materials, and make sure you can get it all apart when sending it back to
students. Hope this helps.
> Jerry
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