Creating Gallery Style Picture Frames
Creating gallery frames can help save money and give a personal touch to artwork. The right frame will protect a treasured piece from exposure to dirt and light and can aesthetically enhance the art itself. Professional framing sometimes cost more than the item you wish to mount. Understanding the framing process and having the right materials will help you create a sophisticated customized gallery frame at home.
Purchase the correct size and quantity of picture frame molds, glass and mat boards from a local art store or order from an online store. Refer to manufacture's directions but general directions are given below.
Assemble the frame by placing two pieces of the frame, finish side down, on a flat surface. Apply a small amount of glue to one of the surfaces. Place the plastic wedge in the slot on one side of the frame piece.
Turn the frame piece finish side up and slide the frame piece down on the wedge until firmly sealed. Adjust the miter edges and until they align. Tap the wedge gently with a hammer for a snug fit.
Wipe off excess glue and repeat for the other three corners. Paint the frame if desired and let dry.
Clean the glass and lay it flat on the frame’s lip located on back of the frame. Measure the depth from the glass to the end of the frame lip and purchase appropriate spacers. Place spacers in each corner of the frame without touching the glass.
Attach the artwork to a mat board by spraying the back of the artwork with adhesive glue. For small pieces of artwork, double sided tape may be used.
Place the artwork, front side down, on top of the spacers and then place a cardboard or foam backing on top of the artwork.
Use a frame point driver to attach the framing points around the frame’s perimeter to secure the artwork. Add picture hanging hardware to the back per manufacturer’s instructions.