Framing Wrigley Field: Part 2

In Part 1 of this story, I invited you to join me as I get to some personal framing projects I am trying to finish for our National DIY Picture Framing Month. In the previous piece I described this photo of Wrigley Field I’ve neglected for 3 years now, and with the piece designed and the materials received, I finally framed it last evening.

In today’s post, I’ve outlined the steps I took to complete the piece and photographed it along the way for your reference.


How to Frame a Photograph

The first thing I always do when I get ready to frame is to clear a space and protect the work surface with kraft paper. If you cut it just about an inch wider than your table and then put the curled side down, the paper will ‘hug’ the table and you won’t need any tape to keep it in place.

Here I show the table and all my materials, unpacked, sizes verified, and appropriate tools pulled out of my framing kit. For this project I pulled out 2 tapes; an archival linen and double sticky tape, a screwdriver, my static whisk brush for keeping dust at bay, and of course my acrylic cleaner and cloth.



Tools for Framing

The next thing I do when framing photography is to prepare all my flat items. I hinge the art to the mat with linen tape and then attach the mat to the backing board with a strip of double sticky tape.  I peel the plex, art side first, place on the stack, then peel the outside surface. At this point it is important to check for any dust particles that may have crept under the acrylic during this process and whisk them away with a brush before proceeding.


Photo hinged with linen tape
Hinged Photo

To Hinge or Not to Hinge?

I know that many artists like to hinge the art to the backing board as opposed to the mat board, which is perfectly acceptable but I prefer the method I show for two reasons: 1) it takes the guesswork out of centering the art within the mat board opening and 2) it allows the art to float with the mat board as opposed to the backing board, keeping the mat from forming a noticeable gap between the art and the frame once it is in the frame treatment.

Next it’s time to frame. Since I used a metal, I wiped it with a soft cloth, laid the channels face down on my work surface, and prepared the corners by taking a backing plate with a top plate and securing the top to the side channels with my handy flat head screwdriver.


Assembled Frame


Then I slid my flat items into the channel and attached the bottom piece of the frame then adjusted all the corners for a perfect fit. It’s so simple!

Since the frame I chose was slightly greater than the sum of the boards, acrylic and art, I took the spring clips included with the hardware packet, laid them out evenly around the inside channel of the framing treatment, then slid them under to fill that remaining space and give the art a secure fit within the frame.


frame with spring clips installed


installed spring clips closeup

Next I measured 5” down each of the sides, popped the hanging hardware in, and attached hanging wire and wall bumpers.


attaching picture frame hanging hardware


corner of frame with backing angle

The final step was to give the finished piece a bit of polish with a few squirts of Novus Clean & Shine acrylic (or plexi-glass cleaner).


cleaning the acrylic

Here it is!


photo of wrigley field with finished frame

Show Us Your Framed Art

So what do you think? I’d be interested in hearing how you might approach a similar project and if you have any framing tips you can share.

AubreyK | 1/23/2014 11:01:20 AM | 2 comments
Laura M Jajko
Thanks Randy! Glad you like it.
2/7/2014 10:12:25 AM

Randy Fern
Outstanding. A great looking picture made even better with a professional looking frame.
2/7/2014 8:42:05 AM

About this blog

Laura Jajko

Join in and let’s bond over our love of art and framing. Here, I’ll be sharing design inspiration and decisions, twitter chat summaries, and happenings with the company, among other things. With more than 40 years of practical experience, I bring a unique perspective in a straight-forward style that I hope will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialog in our online community.

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