First Picture Mount Made

Keencut Ultimat

After attending a 1 day framing course a couple of months ago I bought a Keencut Ultimat mount cutter to make my own bevelled edge mounts. Today I cut my first few conservation quality mounts and used them for some of the pictures from my recent Scotland trip. I am really pleased with the result and can now cut mounts to exactly the size that I want. It also brings down the cost of a mounted print.




Although it is not rocket science it is not as simple as it first seems. I have a few tips for anyone thinking of doing this too:

  1. Make sure your hands are really clean and dry before you handle the mount board.
  2. Calculate your measurements carefully, check them until you’re absolutely certain you got it right and then check them again.
  3. Don’t try to save on blades. They need to be really sharp and a piece of mount board ruined by using a blunt blade costs more than a few blades.
  4. Don’t be in a rush. If you’re not sure you have enough time for a job, don’t start it.
  5. Don’t forget to make sure the correct side of the board is facing upwards before cutting.

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