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:
- Make sure your hands are really clean and dry before you handle the mount board.
- Calculate your measurements carefully, check them until you’re absolutely certain you got it right and then check them again.
- 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.
- Don’t be in a rush. If you’re not sure you have enough time for a job, don’t start it.
- Don’t forget to make sure the correct side of the board is facing upwards before cutting.