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Re: best way to mount personal work


Date: Sun Mar 21 2004 - 11:34:34 PST

In a message dated 3/21/2004 12:33:27 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
It was done on, believe it or not, white Kraft paper so it is not on a very
stiff paper. It is also 3feet wide by 4 feet high.
  I'm not sure if I should get it dry mounted on a stiff board, or should
just try to frame it in a really big glass frame.
A few suggestions about pastel.

Be sure you have sprayed with a fixative.

I mount the work on a large piece of foam core board, cut with an outside
dimension to fit the mat. Adhere with rubber cement. Many people do not know the
proper way to use rubber cement.

If you want a PERMANENT bond, apply the cement to both the paper edge and the
mat where the board will contact. Allow both to dry. Then fix it together. To
keep the contact from happening before you center the work, take a strip of
wax paper and put it between the work and the mat. slowly pull the wax paper
away as the cements contact.

A temporary bond is when you use the cement on ONE surface.

I tape my work to the mat first and then add the backing. I test the
placement of the work by putting 2 small pieces of masking tape on 2 adjacent corners
so that a little of it sticks out from the paper corners. Then I put the mat
over it and press the corners with my hand. This enables me to flip the work
over to tape it to the back to the mat. This method does not work as well with
pastel if the work is not fixed.

For pastel, I suggest that you make a SPACER that goes around the inside
opening of the mat between the work and the mat. You can use a very thin (1/2")
strip of foam core or mat board. You want to keep the work from touching the
glass or the shrink wrap as there is static that occurs and the pastel dust is
attracted to the glass.

A good temporary way to attach the mat to the foam core backing is to line up
the top side of the work that is adhered to the board, and the top of the mat
but face down and put together at the top edges. Place a wide strip of tape
so that it covers the mat and the top of the foam core surface. This forms a
hinge and you can flip the mat down over the work.

Hope I have helped.