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Budget Picture Framing Standards

A visually acceptable frame at a budget price

Suitable ForReplaceable artwork of no commercial or sentimental value.
MouldingNo significant blemishes.
MitresAccurately cut, glued and pinned tightly. Corners to be touched-up so no unfinished moulding is visible.
WindowmountA windowmount or slip may be used to visually enhance the artwork. The corners of the windowmount must be cleanly cut; the mountboard must be free from blemishes; standard-quality mountboard is acceptable,as is Conservation or Cotton Museum; there must be clearance of 1mm inside the rebate. Slip moulding must be accurately cut and joined.
UndermountA barrier layer between the artwork and the back board is not necessary.
Attaching ArtworkIt is acceptable for artwork to be 'slotted' into the frame without fixing or to be stuck down.Artwork must be properly centred and free from blemish caused by framing.
GlazingFloat glass or better, free from obvious blemishes. Must be cut to allow sufficient clearance inside the rebate of the frame. It is acceptable for the glazing to touch the artwork.
Back boardPulpboard and cardboard are acceptable.
Securing the frameFlexible tabs are acceptable but framers' points or tacks are preferred.
HangingHanging fittings must be sufficiently strong to support the frame.
FinishDust and dirt should be removed and the glass should be cleaned and polished without smears. It is acceptable to seal the back with self-adhesive tape.