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You have navigated to our 'Picture Mount' only page. Here you will be able to order picture mounts to go inside an existing frame. We supply mounts which are cut to fit your frame perfectly. You can choose a single or double mount layers; and you can then pick from a full spectrum of colours for the mount itself, and the surrounding core. We also offer both rectangular and oval aperture shapes.
What Sizes Do You Enter?
To order a picture mount you need to know what size you want the aperture to be(the hole in the middle) and what size you want the outside of the mount to be. The internal size should be the size of your artwork. If you are unsure how to measure your artwork, check out our detailed measuring information page which includes illustrations of common types of artwork and how they should be measured. The external size will be the exact outside measurement of the mount. If you are replacing a mount inside a old frame, you should remove the existing mount and measure the external size of the mount to ensure the mount will fit inside the same frame.
What Is A Mount And Do You Want One?
A mount is the coloured surround that goes around your artwork before being fitted inside the picture frame. Although a mount is optional it is recommended as it will visually enhance the artwork being framed and add conservational properties by spacing the artwork from the glazing. A mount is not recommended for any item that is framed without glazing, such as an Oil Painting.
The images below show a graphical example of how the same image with look with and without a mount.
Single or Double Mount?
You can select between one or two layers(single or double). By selecting two layers you will create a double mount that can be the same or contrasting colours. The general rule is that the bottom mount would be a darker colour which picks out a dominate colour in the artwork, whilst the top mount would be a lighter, neutral colour. If you do not require a mount just select "No Mounts". These images show a graphical example of how the same image with look with a single and double mount.
Framed with Single Mount
Framed with Double Mount
Mount Border Widths
The border widths can are automatically calculated based on the internal and external sizes entered. The mount opening will be evenly balanced so that the top/bottom borders are equal and the left/right borders are equal.
To Take Image Size or Exact Image Size?
The default option on our website is for us to cut the opening of the mount 4mm smaller than the size entered so the mount will 'take' that image size, i.e. it will just overlap the image. You can change this option so that the mount opening is cut to the exact size entered. Selecting this option means we will cut the opening to the exact size entered. This option is useful for more advanced framers who have already made the neccessary allowances.
If ordering a custom picture frame, it will be supplied with everthing you require to fit your picture into the frame and attach the hanging accessories to the back of the frame. Some types of artwork, such as Oil Painting may require additional fixing, and you will require wall fixing such as the hook and pin sets available on our website.
These tapes and accessories will help create a professionally finished picture frame but are not essential.
Kraft tape is highly recommended to seal the back of the frame once the artwork has been fitted. Sealing the back of the frame with provide a more professional look as well as adding additional security and strength to the frame.
Ph7-70 tape and Conservation Barrier Board is recommended for all artwork, but in particular any artwork that carries any value. The tape is used to hinge the artwork to the mount, whilst the barrier board is used to create a barrier board between the artwork and the MDF backing board.
Some of these optional extras are only suitable for certain frames. These options will be removed from any orders should you change to an unsuitable frame style.
Foamboards and spacers are only suitable for frame with a rebate depth of 20mm or more, and the stand up back option is only available for frame size 320 X 320mm or smaller.
The internal size you enter will relate to the opening in the middle of the mount. You should enter the exact size of the image you are framing. We automatically make a small adjustment to ensure your image doesn't fall through the middle of the mount. As an example, if you enter 500 X 400mm as your sizes, the actual opening of the mount supplied would be 496 X 396mm to ensure a slight overlap of your image.
However, our website also has the option to have the aperture cut to the exact size entered. This is a useful option if the item you are framing doesn't need to be overlapped or you have already considered the overlap you want.
The external size will relate to the exact external size of the mount. You need to consider how the mount is going to be used to decide on the correct external size you require. If you are fitting the mount into an existing frame, the external size would need to match the glazing/backing board size of the frame.
Our full measuring guide can be found here.