Today Barbi Reed continues to answer your questions and concerns about framing. She is an ARTprojectA co-founder, owner of ANNE REED GALLERY and her advice and expertise is invaluable. In fact, Barbi believes framing itself is an art. She recommends that you find a framer who will take time to work with you, offering you multiple options at a reasonable price. Today is TIP #8 in our series about framing.
TIP #8 – “Consider the width of the mat. Every frame has a “rabbit”, which is the part of the frame that covers the mat and holds it and the glass or plexi in place. The “rabbit” usually measures 1/4” and should be taken into account when deciding the width of the mat or how much background mat board will be showing if a window mat is not used. Some framers include this in the mat measurement, in which case the width of the mat that shows will be 1/4” less than the measurement quoted. Other framers will add an extra 1/2” to both the length and width of the board before cutting. This will allow the “rabbit” to cover 1/4” of the mat on each side, assuring that the mat’s width will reflect exactly the agreed upon border size.”
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