Top tip to cut perfect corners with the morso guillotine cutter

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A Morso guillotine cutter is standard industry equipment picture framers use to cut corner joints of frames. Like all machine tools, it is only as good as the craftsperson is skilled at using it. Cutting flush corners with the Morso is never a function of the framer’s calf muscle strength.

When I started framing I couldn’t understand why my first corners were not meeting flush. My framing teacher couldn’t explain why either. It took me a lot of analysis to work it out and the solution turned out to be rather simple.

A framer’s natural instinct is to be economical with moulding and so when they make their first cut into a length of moulding they try to shave off as little as possible from one end.

A Morso has two very sharp cutting blades. The inner cutting surface is flat and the outer surface curved. To achieve a clean cut the framer needs to use both cutting blades to make the first cut.

If only one blade is used to make the cut the length of moulding is not secured by the other blade and as the outer cutting blade’s surface is curved the length of moulding moves a little in the direction of least resistance as the guillotine makes the cut.

That folks explains why the two cut surfaces of joints are often not flush. One of the cut edges has a slight curve in it as a result of the lateral movement of the moulding. Some wastage is therefore inevitable and desirable.

To sum it all up, instead of making the first cut with only one cutting blade picture framers should use both blades to make the first cut.

Glass cutting Cambridge

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Glass cut in Cambridge. We can supply art glass, non-reflective glass and standard frame glass in various thicknesses.

Antique picture frames

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Don’t throw an antique frame away! Ask your picture framer if anything can be done to restore it. It may be the case that it is beyond repair, but there is no harm in asking.

In the past picture frames were put together by nail and glue and with the passing of time often the corners are left only hanging on by a nail or two and a whim and a prayer!

Your picture framer will take the frame apart, clean up the corners and if necessary take a slice of a damaged length and pin it back together.

If the corners are seriously damaged the framer may cut further into the moulding. Although you will end up with a smaller frame, you can always use it to frame another artwork. The moral of the story is, never throw antique frames away, they can always be brought back to life. Old mouldings are irreplaceable!

Custom picture frames

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Camframe should be your first port of call if you are looking for custom picture frames in Cambridgshire. We provide expert advice on all framing solutions.

If you are looking for bulk framing jobs, we can supply frames made-to-measure at very competitive rates. Just give us a ring to discuss your requirements.

Cheap poster frames

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Posters do not come in standard sizes. Many posters do fit A2, A1 size frames but many don’t.

At Camframe we can cut you standard sized A1, A2 size poster frames and also cut frames to fit any poster frame size.

Limited edition posters, especially fine art posters are often printed in odd sizes.

Before ordering an online poster frame measure the exact size of the poster. If you cannot find a frame that is an exact fit, Camframe will cut one for you!

Bespoke mount cutting

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Camframe can cut one-off single and multiple window mounts. We stock a comprehensive range of mount card and may even be able to cut a mount while you wait, how great is that!

Mount cutting is not something that can be done at home. Mounts come to life when their bevelled edges are cut with precision and their corners are free of the unsightly overrun cuts.

Mount cutters need to be regularly re-calibrated. This is done by cutting a few test windows and checking to see if the blade has overrun in the corners.

The devil is always in the corners. A well-cut mount will not overrun in the corners by more than just a few mills. If you see cut marks of a centimetre or more you should point it out to the framer and ask them to re-cut the mount for you. Their reputation is hanging by that centimetre.

Mount cutting is not difficult, you just need good equipment and a sharp blade and above all high-standards.

Glass cutting in Cambridge

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Camframe can cut glass to replace broken picture frame glass. We stock glass of 3 mm and 5 mm thickness. If necessary we can also cut plastic glass for child-friendly artworks. We also supply the following:

  1. Plastic glass cut to size
  2. Regular glass cutting service
  3. Non-reflective glass cutting
  4. UV glass
  5. Special UV non-reflective

For valuable artworks we can also supply expensive, UV filtering glass. Just ask!

Before Camframe invested in a glass cutter/mount cutter we cut all our glass by hand. Cutting glass by hand to fit small frames is not that difficult, but cutting glass for large frames is not only more time consuming but also can result in wastage.

To cut glass by hand you need to pray that the cut has been evenly scored. Large sheets of glass must be handled with care, not only for one’s own safety but also for the safety of anyone else’s who may be in the workspace. To ensure that glass breaks evenly along the length of the cut you need to apply even pressure with the cutting tool.

Metal frames

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Metal frames are generally speaking about 30% more costly than your average picture frame. Metal frames have to be ordered in cut to the required size of the picture. Camframe does not keep them in stock, but we do have samples for ordering purposes. Metal frames are suitable for photographic works which might be hung in a corporate office environment.

Wooden mouldings

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Camframe stocks and can obtain any beautiful wooden frame you need. We stock some great arty wooden frames that are ideal for the fine art piece. Wooden frames sit very harmoniously with pastel works, soft and atmospheric photographic works and a wooden hockey moulding is great as a simple solution for framing a canvas.

What range of mouldings can I choose from?

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We stock a great range of frame mouldings and will go the extra mile to find the right frame choice for your artwork.