Tips for using a simple mount-cutting device at home

Written by chris pink on July 25, 2014 in Picture Framing

At one time, if you wanted a mount cut, you had to invest in very elaborate equipment or ask a professional picture framer to do it for you. In 2014, things are a bit different. There are tons of affordable mount cutting devices readily available on the market.

The only issue with that, of course, is getting it exactly right. You may have studied the instructions, but are you getting the most out of your cutter?

Here are a few tips which should help anyone out, no matter what device they own:

 One: make sure you apply enough pressure

A lot of people cut mounts and wonder why their lines are wonky, or the blade doesn’t appear to be working correctly. Most of the time it’ll be because the cutter is very light and they aren’t putting enough weight on the ruler part of it (or on the blade). So, if you haven’t got enough hands to both hold it down and cut the mount, ask someone to lend you a pair.

When you do cut, be sure to make a definite single gliding motion. No good mount is cut from repeated attempts at the same cut…

Two: be sure to change the blade every once in a while

It sounds silly, right? Well, it is in a way, yet people still don’t change their blades when they’ve had enough. Be sure to do so as soon as you feel the metal developing a burr. If you don’t, you’ll ruin that mount card. Not good. It can be expensive!

Three: take it apart for maintenance purposes

Over time and prolonged use, mount cutters of any description tend to accumulate card-dust and dirt in general. It never hurts to dismantle your equipment and give a good sharp blow to those areas where dust gathers.

Four: blade depth is critical!

Blade only cutting half-way through your mount? It might be because the last card you cut was thinner, and you haven’t changed the settings.

Our advice is to always do a test cut or two before you commit to cutting a new mount.

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