Art prints & frames, handmade in England since 1982
A step-by-step guide on how to fit your picture into your custom back-loader frame
Before you start gather everything you need to fit your frame and give yourself a nice flat surface to work on. If you are not using a mount skip straight to fitting your print.
If your picture is smaller than the frame and you’re using a mount, we recommend attaching it using T-Hinges. T-Hinges consist of an adhesive paper strip, part attached to the back of the upper edge of the artwork. This is in turn, is held in place on the mount-board by a longer overlapping strip.
Place your artwork face down on a clean flat surface.
Tear off two 50mm strips of adhesive tape (three if you have a large print), remove the backing and attach to the top rear edge of your artwork as shown. Tearing is preferable to a cut edge, as is less likely to show on the face side of your artwork.
Turn the artwork over and carefully position the mount over and gently press down.
Carefully turn over the now joined mount and artwork and place face down. Gently smooth the tape to ensure good adhesion.
Now tear further 50mm strips of tape and affix crossways in the shape of a T as shown. Again smooth down for good adhesion. Your mounted print is now ready to be placed in the frame.
Place your frame face down on a clean flat surface.
Twist the swivel clips and remove the backboard of the frame, the pulpboard and the facepaper inside.
Make sure your perspex is spotless, and wipe off any smudges with a non-streak glass cleaner and cloth.
Once your perspex is completely dry put it back into the frame. Next, insert the print or mounted print face down inside the frame.
Place your pulpboard back into the frame.
Carefully place the backing board back in the frame and twist the swivel clips to secure your print in its place.
Your frame is supplied with a length of hanging-cord, with a loop at one end. Pass the cord through the D-rings and thread the free end through the loop and pull tight.
Secure with 3 to 5 thumb knots (also known as overhand knots) as shown. You can cut off lots of excess string. Check that the cord is secure before hanging.
Ta da! You're ready to hang. Read our guide on how to hang a frame.