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As part of Mike’s farewell gift, I gave him a personalised art piece which I created using names of places that he has visited. I ordered a frame from eFrame who create customised frames at reasonable prices. Once the frame arrived and I could check the internal measurements, I cut a mount for the artwork.

1. To cut a mount you need mount board, a metal ruler, a cutting mat, pencil, scalpel and most importantly, a mount cutter. A mount cutter cuts the board at 45° angle so you get a professional finish.

Items required for cutting a mount

Equipment required

2. Measure and draw a line on the back of the mount board where you will be cutting. Remember to keep margins generous.

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Draw lines in pencil

3. Using the mount cutter cut along the line with a metal ruler. Don’t try to cut the entire depth of board in one go, rather do lots of gentle cuts slowly increasing the pressure. Ensure you are using a cutting mat unless you wish to gouge your table!

Cutting with a mount cutter

Cutting with a mount cutter

4. Once the mount board is cut you will see the 45° degree angle.

The 45 degree cut exposes the white core to give a professional finish.

The 45 degree cut exposes the white core to give a professional finish.

5. Position your artwork carefully to the back of the mount board with a strip of masking tape, turn it the correct way and check it is straight. Once you are satisfied use masking tape to attach the artwork to the back of the mount board. Masking tape is gentler to artworks than sellotape.

The artwork attached to the mount board with masking tape.

The artwork attached to the mount board with masking tape.

6. Place the mounted artwork in the frame and your work is done.

I have created a number of personalised artworks for clients, and if you would like to discuss a commission, please contact me.

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