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    Mounting Tape

    Hello,

    I am, for the first time, about to mount some prints, and have so far acquired the cutter, mat board, frame assortment (built from parts). Now I need mounting tape, and wasn't sure what to use.
    I have familiarized myself with the technique of anchoring, using four pieces of tape. I will not dry-mount. Seems like too much of a hassle, and questionable permanency (photo archive at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts).

    What kind of tape should I use. All mounting tape I've ran across is some double-adhesive type, and that wouldn't work well with anchoring.

    Thankful for advice.

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    Lineco Self-adhesive linen tape is widely available in art stores, or Dick Blick on-line. There are other options - some people prefer the gummed version or other manufacturer's products - but this does the job.
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    By anchoring, do you mean hanging with T-hinges? Or taping down folded paper corners. For hinging the mats, I like the tyvek self adhesive tape from Light Impressions. To mount the print, I use their self adhesive corners.

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    Yes, I mean using t-hinges. I live in an area with insane fluctuations in humidity between summer and winter (85-90% summer, 15-30% winter, I live in Minnesota), so the prints will expand and contract wildly seasonally.

    Thanks for the tips. I'll try the Lineco tape.

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    Recommended to me was thin first aid tape as the adhesive doesn't dry out. In Seattle the humidity goes from wet to wetter.



 

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