Please Help! I'm having trouble with fraying threads on the linen mats. Since the project is a 4 window mat, I'm hesitant to cut into the third one without guidance. (I did change the blade to 8 ply) Thx. T.
My experience is that linen mats always fray....it seems its the nature of the beast. I always use a new, sharp blade. Once I finish cutting, I use a very small, slightly curved scissors (used to cut baby's finger nails) to trim the frays. When my artwork is in place and I'm ready to put the glazing on, I check once again to see if a last trim is needed (manipulating the matboard can cause more fraying).
I always have the desire to put a coat of clear nailpolish over the bevelled edge after I've trimmed the frays (to keep more from happening).......OFCOURSE THAT WOULD BE A NO-NO!!
Sorry I don't have any miracle cures.......perhaps someone else will. But in the meantime, WELCOME TO TG TXTERRI
Oh, she probably was... she'll learn. Maybe if I'm really masacistic, I'll get off the plane from London to Portland, re-pack and go down and teach fabric wrapping at Three Stars over Texas again this year...
In a similar manner to Ellen's but less moist, I rub my finger on a glue stick to just pick up a trace amount, and gently rub across any stray edge fibers. It does a nice job of securing them but with no risk of waterstaining the fabric.
WaxeyHatchet????????? LOL Come on to Texas darlin' and I'll teach you how to speak Texan and while you are here, you can have a total brain download on framing ...of course with all you know and all that I don't know...that could take a while.......but hey....you don't have to have a passport to come into Texas
Its all in the legs. No, wait, thats my fastball. Just set the blade depth carefully. If it doesn't cut through the first part it shouldn't cut through anywhere. The thickness of the mat and the blade depth don't vary. I've always done this, starting with manual cutters (not the guy from tex-mex) and now on my Wizard. It's okay to leave some paper backing, you don't have to cut all the way to the fabric just nearly. Some boards are more work than others but it's not that hard.
If you can build in the charge for the extra time involved it's the only wat to go as far as appearance is concerned. I don't care how many openings or what shape as long as I'm getting paid the more the merrier. I don't find it any more difficult than entirely hand wrapped, you should price the same is all.