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Much Ado about Nothing

Evening folks.

Just a quiche about last night.

With all the doom and gloom the BBC were reporting to be headed our way, I was surprised at how many showed up at the meeting. Thanks to all who made the effort.

We started off picking some new images for the club site. The change has been long overdue. Yours truly left his selection on the kitchen table, but we still had a few efforts. Wander over to the website and see what we picked. It’s at

Wait … you already know that coz you’re here. Doh!

The second half of t’evening was Chris showing us how to mount prints.

First he went through the kit.

A cutting mat … so you don’t carve up the table. Doing it on the carpet is OK until you do the vacuuming! (An A3 size is going to be the equivalent of two A4 sheets of paper, so I’d suggest you went for an A2 size minimum. Eight quid upwards)

A mount cutting tool … slices the card at 45° or 90° (something Chris mentioned that I took on board, when you are putting pressure on the cutter in action, the leading edge of the blade holder can dig into the card. So with a bit of fine sandpaper, chamfer that edge to smooth your way across the card. You might as well do both ends) put in ‘mount cutter’ in Amazon or eBay (£12 to £30)

A steel rule to suit … (when you search for this on Amazon, it does suggests one, I’d go for the 60cm rather than the 40cm one )

A pencil

A whetstone … this for keeping your blades in pristine condition. It’s surprising how quickly the mount cutter loses its sharpness. Just rubbing the back of the blade on the whet stone really makes a difference. Again, Amazon to the rescue with a small, 2 grit whet stone (1000/6000) by DMD for around twelve quid.

A Stanley knife … this is just for the final trims. Be very very careful, when you are trying to cut with this beastie, it has no respect for flesh & bone and the red stuff can really spoil the whiteness of the card.

Ok, that’s the kit, now the method.

Once you have selected the size of card, mark a cross on the back exactly in the centre. Now measure the photo you wish to fit. Halve these dimensions and mark out on either side of the cross and draw your square/rectangle/rhomboid whatever shape hole you are going to cut.

Check that this is the correct size, card is expensive and having the photo fall through is a bummer!

Now place the rule on the card, aligned with the pencil line. If it’s too close to the edge, another piece of card can stabilise the rule. Put the mount cutter into the groove on the rule, at one end of the proposed hole, push the blade into the card and slide to the other end. Run the cutter back to the start & push the blade in a bit further. Repeating the slide should ideally complete the cut through the card. Chris made it look simple, trust me, it takes some practise. Now repeat for the other three sides. To finish off, grab the Stanley and gently complete the cuts into the corners.

Check the picture isn’t going to fall through (been there, done that!) turn the photo over and place a strip of masking tape on one back edge. Flip the photo over and lower the newly cut card-mount into position. If you’re happy, more masking tape will ensure it stays in place. The piece of card you cut out of the hole makes a perfect backing, line up the pencil lines to that of the original cross and using mask tape, support the back of your photo. now all you need are some pretty frames and you work can adorn your walls.

Remember our club likes the mounts to be 14 ana half inches by 11 ana half. This is for cost saving, the card can be xpensiv, and would probably be used on many an occasion.

Jobs a good ‘un.

That’s it


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