OK, we now have our fillet completed and taped into the matte. I now use some scrap matte board strips to build up the back of my matte, so that it is the same level as the wood fillet. I use my ATG gun to apply adhesive to the strips, and stack them until they are level with the fillet. This also gives the matte rigidity, and maintains a flat presentation.
Here you can see three strips of matte board have been applied. I apply two complete layers of matte board all around the fillet.
I then check to make sure the fillet is still aligned with my painting. If all looks well, I proceed to tape my painting with a top hinge.
A hinge is some form of tape or linen at the top of your painting that attaches to your matte. It can be one piece on each side, or one long strip (the method I prefer). You will decide which method works best for you.
I use framer's tape for hinging my work, but other framers use wheat paste and tape. You will need to do your own research here, but I will try to help if you need additional information.
Tomorrow we approach the glass cutter and finish up our project!
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