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Bevelled mounts

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by linnet9, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. linnet9

    linnet9 Well-Known Member

    I gave away - fool - my rule and blades which I used to cut mounts.
    I only have occasional need of one so can you suggest a device that is accurate and is not too dear?
    The last one, as I recall, was a metre rule with a right- and an angled cutter. I paid about £40 7 years ago and was happy enough with the performance.
    I have found the MatMaster site, which may well have been what I had before, and will go with that unless you have a better idea /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
    Janice
     
  2. Salazar

    Salazar In the Stop Bath

    Janice there is often an advert in the back of AP for such a device. Cannot find it in this weeks issue.

    Will look at back issues when I can get a moment.


    Salazar the Sinister
    Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus.
     
  3. Fen

    Fen The Destroyer

    Janice,

    Jessops do one - Bevel Mat Cutter

    Price - £24.99

    Hope that helps

    fen.


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  4. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    I think Steve means <a href="http://www.trydigital.co.uk/mountmaster.htm" target="_new">Mountmaster<a>

    Nigel IRIPN

    I've gone digital....
    ...I've learnt to count on my fingers! /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
     
  5. Fen

    Fen The Destroyer

    Ah.

    Oh well /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    In that case, most Art Shops tend to stock them.

    fen.

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  6. Salazar

    Salazar In the Stop Bath

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    Salazar the Sinister
    Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus.
     
  7. linnet9

    linnet9 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your responses - I'll let you know what I decide :))
    Janice
     
  8. Ian_A

    Ian_A Well-Known Member

    I quite like the Logan matte cutter - the one with a 45 degree bevel - around £22 - £25. Also I use a template system for cutting. I did a guide on how to do this here for Tanya a few months back. Hope she's still got all her fingers...
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    Ian A
     
  9. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Janice

    The one you are referring to is the MAPED system and is still available from art and graphic shops. The rulers are in various lengths. Mine is about a metre and it comes with two cutters as you describe. Try http://www.maped.com/maped/english/index.htm. Find the Quick Search menu and choose Cutters. Look You will find the web site intriguingly infuriating....

    I was fortunate to pick up a used commercial mat cutter and that really is the bees knees. Much easier to use and good quality cuts every time.

    David
     
  10. linnet9

    linnet9 Well-Known Member

    http://www.longridge.co.uk/index.html
    Hi David - I did not expect to hear from you as I suspected you could justify a commercial one.
    I liked the sound of the above but when I rang lunchtime the ansaphone said he was off on a jolly till next week.
    Well, that was it, good or not I was not buying one if I am not invited /img/wwwthreads/frown.gif
    I like the attention to detail : like a bone to avoid shine on the cuts :)) - Nice website and the phone voice was really cultured.

    Went to the Hobby Shop in Reading and they had the 80cm Maped - which is what I gave away - so I spent £60 on that though I am still dreaming of the one above. I try to avoid supporting the French :)
    I really fancied the cubecutter (see above) for I am going to try to copy a tile border to solve a problem here....wicked price but .../img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
    So as it is I shall use a hobby knife and doubtless make a very good job but take twice as long :(

    This is much more fun than photographing ferkin' flowers /img/wwwthreads/wink.gif
    Janice

    There is a strong force somewhere out there - I have just broken my scales that I mentioned in the postage thread - really spooky that /img/wwwthreads/frown.gif
     
  11. Ashton Lamont

    Ashton Lamont In the Stop Bath

    The Maped is what I use as well. And from the same shop in Reading.

    Pete

    (the artist formerly known as Dogbyte)
     
  12. Salazar

    Salazar In the Stop Bath

    Looks like they should being discounts now. two posts in praise. Either that or they put an advert on this site.

    Salazar the Sinister
    Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus.
     
  13. Seven

    Seven ..or eight

    Yes I have thankyou /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif Steve makes my mounts for me /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif Janice if you're still looking he finds it extremely easy to use and very accurate.
    Think I got mine for about £22 from an art shop just opened in London, if you're interested I'll hunt for the URL.

    Tanya(CRIPN)/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
    CastVision
     
  14. Ashton Lamont

    Ashton Lamont In the Stop Bath

    Strewth that looks a bit involved to me. I thought the Maped was fiddly but perhaps its easier. You get two cutters, one for 45 degree bevells and one for straight down. Pressure on the handle determines how deep it cuts. The cutter runs along a rail in the Maped ruler to keep it on course. There's no wooden frames involved. You just measure up your area and mark it on the back of the matte card and cut away. The secret is to know that for a bevelled cut the actual incision is 25mm from the ruler edge whereas for a straight cut it is 16mm. So the sketching out of the templete on the back needs to take that into account. You can see in the photo I've actually written it on the cutter handle. Sad eh! I always have trouble visualising that the bevel is going to be the right way round but its fine once I get on a roll.

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    Pete

    (the artist formerly known as Dogbyte)
     
  15. linnet9

    linnet9 Well-Known Member

    Not sure it is in praise, but they did have a couple and I was feeling impatient.
    It is not a perfect solution but maybe making good mounts always requires some concentration - with card about £3 I prefer not to waste too many, so I have waited till morning when the brain is at its best :)
    If anyone knows of where I might look for inspiration on more artistic use of bevelling that would be appreciated. Framed prints have caught my eye before now because of the beauty of the finishing of the card but who knows where that might have been? /img/wwwthreads/frown.gif
    Janice
     
  16. Ian_A

    Ian_A Well-Known Member

    The system I outlined above was taught to me at the Warrington Picture Framing Company, where it is their method of choice. Although it may seem involved to some, in practice it is very quick and easy, and lends itself to producing accurate double or triple mattes with ease - which some might consider more artistic.

    Ian A
     
  17. linnet9

    linnet9 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Ian - suddenly the system I re-bought seems very intuitive /img/wwwthreads/wink.gif
    It's whatever turns you on /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
    Having done a nice mount and frame & wanting to hang the Goya, my present problem is finding a masonry nail for all the posh nails don't like 50 y/o plaster /img/wwwthreads/frown.gif
    Janice
     
  18. linnet9

    linnet9 Well-Known Member

    Not in Camberley they don't where I headed after your post- I told them you said they did - the boss said he could order one - I didn't indulge in my usual riposte to that sad offer :))
    There are so many crappy shops around - if you believed them you'd never buy anything :(
    Thanks for all the interesting ideas........
     
  19. Daz

    Daz Well-Known Member

    "crappy shops" I phoned a well known photographic retailer the other day to see if they had any reversing rings, he told me there's no such thing! I was then tranferred to someone else who "might know better" He told me hadn't heard of such a thing but suggested I may be able to find a specialist that can make something!!!

    Daz
    www.dazclark.co.uk
     
  20. Ashton Lamont

    Ashton Lamont In the Stop Bath

    Well I was able to buy an own brand "colour and monochrome separation guide" from that well known shop off the shelf yesterday. The bloke who does the testing in AP had recently said only Kodak seem to do consumer ones & I'd had a miserable time trying to find a source on the net when looking a few weeks ago.

    BTW its a handy thing to have - you scan it and then can adjust values in Photoshop for future images having established how far adrift your scanner is. In other words a quick & easy calibration all be it with limitations (my Gretag MacBeth colour checker was £50!)

    Also managed to get a hotshoe with synch lead that I'd been lead to believe elsewhere ("experts" on the robgalbraith) had to be made up specially. Its used to connect a Canon TTL/ETTL flashgun to a Pocket Wizard type radio trigger. This is useful because the Canon's don't work with normal optical slaves and sometimes its good to be able to trigger them wirelessly on manual and not be at the mercy of TTL/ETTL. For those non-Canon peole who have soldiered on this far with my ramble - ETTL is a system that measures ambient light and balances it with flash output so you get a nice even illumunation, anything from just a fill-in to retaining the look of a dimly lit indoors at a country pub in the evening type look. But it can be a pain if you want to recompose/light a large group/cope with wide exposure range etc & then its over to plan B and full manual.

    In defence of the big J I would not have expected the assistants to have a clue as to what I was talking about if I'd asking about these two points; there comes a point where we have to take responsibility ourselves and leave the assistants to explain the more run of the mill stuff - at which I've found they are OK.

    Pete

    (the artist formerly known as Dogbyte)
     

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