I lay the mat the print is dry mounted onto photograph up. The overmat is placed "face down" with the top edges of both mats butted up against each other making sure the outside edges line up.
Originally Posted by Flotsam
Using 2 pieces of acid free linen tape in lengths of about 5 inches, I come in from the outside edges about an inch and place the tape perpendicular to the butted up edges then flip the overmat over to be sure everything lines up. If they do, I then place 2 more along the butted up edges, over the perpendicular pieces. Mid sized prints get 4 strips (side by side slightly overlapping). Big prints get 6 strips (3 each side) and for good measure a piece of tape all along the butted up edges. When the overmat is flipped over, it is in (perfect?!?) position over the print...
I use; LINECO Self-Adhesive Linen Hinging Tape (1 1/4 inch x 150 ft) item # L533-1055. It's the kind you don't have to wet, just peel off a backing strip. Clear as mud?
P.S. The above example is when I've made a jig (trimmed print butts up against stops and gets tacked to mount) and I know the dry mounted print is in the right spot.
Without using a jig, I first put a couple pieces of tape to hold the overmat and mount together and make a pencil line along the tape, over the butted up edges. Then I flip the overmat over into position, and tack the trimmed print (which had the dry mount tissue tacked to the print first then was trimmed to size) to the mount. Having something soft and heavy in the centre of the print keeps it from sliding around. Then I cut the tape holding the mats together and dry mount the print. When it has cooled, I then match up the pencil marks and tape it up for good. Even muddier mud?
Last edited by MurrayMinchin; 08-10-2005 at 09:26 AM. Click to view previous post history.