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Tip: Always store/use self adhesive tapes and boards at room temperature. If they get too cold they’ll be less sticky. Glass is also harder to cut when it’s cold.

Tip: Seal the glass, mount, artwork and barrier board package with a tape such as P90 Plus, working with the artwork facing you so you can see if any extra dust is being pulled in. It also adds an extra layer of protection from dust, pollutants and insects such as thrips, which can crawl under the glass from the front.

Tip: A small dent in a bare wood or open grain moulding can be lifted by placing a damp cloth over it and leaving for a few hours.

Tip: If using a very narrow moulding it’s a good idea to make a pilot hole with a drill first to prevent the wood from splitting.

Tip: It’s annoying when a freshly cleaned piece of glazing attracts more dust and specks when it’s dropped into the frame. To avoid this, put the glazing into the frame before cleaning, then hold the frame vertical while you clean it. This way any ‘bits’ will drop down as you go.

Tip: Make sure you charge your time properly by using frame pricing software.

Tip: Sounds a bit disgusting but if you get a drop of blood on a mount, a little of your own saliva should make it disappear.

Tip: Cover your workbench in carpet to help avoid scratching the moulding when assembling frames.

Tip: For deep pieces of artwork, use a chevron to compare rebate heights before making the frame.

Tip: When making double mounts adding a line of PVA along with the ATG Tape will give a really good long-term bond.

Tip: Assembling frames face up can make it easier to spot dust or flecks behind the glazing.

Tip: Spraying water on the back of a stretched canvas can make it extra taut.

Tip: Lighter Fluid is handy for all kinds of cleaning tasks, especially getting any sticky residue off glass.

Tip: Use carpet or Rubber Sheeting on a table to avoid scratching the moulding during assembly.

Tip: Use fine grit sandpaper to smooth and remove burrs from mount bevels.

Tip: Butt an underpinner up to a table to make it easier to join larger frames.

Tip: When setting up your workshop, butt your underpinner up to a bench to make it easier to join large frames.

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