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Before Ordering

Picture frame - Measuring Guide

 

To make ordering as simple as possible the system only asks you to enter the exact width and height of your
picture or part picture  during the order process if any tolerances are required the system will apply them automatically.

It is important to note :

A picture frame is always measured and manufactured  to the size of the picture that fits ' Inside ' the frame.

 

Full.image width & height

How to Measure a Picture Frame Size

If your picture is printed on paper and you wish to frame the
whole picture, measure the exact width and height of the picture.
This will be the size to enter as your picture / image size

If you only require a picture frame and no mount
we will manufacture and send you a frame to fit this size.

 

If you require a mount, this size will be reduced by -4mm
all around and the opening in the mount will be cut this exact size.

 This is done to ensure the opening in the mount sits just over
your picture and the picture cannot fall through the opening.

The mount will then go all around ( be added to ) this opening,
exact opening + Border left-right-top-bottom.

 

 

part.image width & height

If your picture is printed on paper and you wish to frame a
part of the picture, measure the exact width and height.
This will be the size to enter as your picture / image size

If you only require a picture frame and no mount
we will manufacture and send you a frame to fit this size.

 

If you require a mount, this size will be reduced by -4mm
all around and the opening in the mount will be cut this exact size.

This is done to ensure the opening in the mount sits just over your
picture and the picture cannot fall through the opening.

The mount will then go all around ( be added to ) this opening,
exact opening + Border left-right-top-bottom.

 

 

Picture Frame Sizes & Dimensions

It is important to note :

As a picture frame has a rebate, when the picture is fitted inside the frame
the total viewing area at the front of the frame will be approximatly 10mm smaller than the picture size.

 

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 The edges of the picture inside the frame will be covered by approximatly 5mm all around the item,
top-bottom-left and right.

 

Frame boundry item only

Frame boundry mount only 

 Example of a frame with a picture on its own

Example of a frame with a picture mount

 

Picture mount - Measuring guide
 
When a picture mount is ordered using Mount designer,  all sizes are cut exactly as you enter.
 
Unless you are certain of the exact opening you require, a good idea is to minus ( deduct ) 8mm from the size of your picture  so the opening when cut, sits 4mm over all around the picture.
 
The reason for this is If you have a picture that is printed on paper which measures exactly 100mm x 100mm
& you enter an opening to be cut into the mount of 100mm x 100mm, the picture will fall through the opening.
 
There are only two measurements required to order a picture mount using standard or custom mount designer.

 

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1. The exact overall Width and height

2. The exact opening width and height

 

Step 1: Determine the Opening Size
 
  • Measure the exact width and height of your picture.
  • If required as explained above, subtract 8mm from each dimension.


Step 2: Determine the Overall size you require.

 

An example in 'Imperial' Inches

If you require an exact opening size of 6" x 8" and you require a 1" Border all around
the Overall size of mount you require would be 8" x 10".

This is worked out by adding the opening and the border widths together.
Opening width  6"  + border width left ( 1" ) + Border width right ( 1" ) = 8"
Opening height 8" + border width top ( 1" ) + border width bottom ( 1" ) = 10"

 

An example in 'Metric' Millimeters

If you require an exact opening size of 300mm x 400mm and you require a 50mm border all around
the overall size of mount you require would be 400mm x 500mm.

This is worked out by adding the opening and the border widths together.
Opening width 300mm  + border width left ( 50mm ) + Border width right ( 50mm ) = 400mm
Opening height 400mm + border width top ( 50mm ) + border width bottom ( 50mm ) = 500mm 

 

Picture mount - Decide the type of mount you require


Acid-Free

Mount board with a striking pure solid white core and backing.
The core and backing are made from chemically purified wood pulp from which all potentially harmful substances have been extracted. The core is pure, non acidic white, which gives subjects maximum protection against acidic contamination. Suggested to use for items of high value, or conservation type.

All White-core boards are 1500 micron (1.5mm).

Black-core

Mount board with a striking non-acidic solid black core and backing.
The core and backing are made from chemically purified wood pulp from which all potentially harmful substances have been extracted. The core is pure, non acidic black, which gives subjects maximum protection against acidic contamination. Suggested to use for items of high value or conservation type.

All Black-core boards are 1500 micron. (1.5mm)

Conservation

Chemically purified wood pulp from which ALL potentially harmful substances have been extracted.
The board is buffered with calcium carbonate, which protects against acidic elements in the environment -alkaline ph & has solid colour. The board uses Fade & bleed resistance pigmented paper that has excellent fade resistance properties, which when bevelled keeps the colour consistent throughout.

This Board is 100% conservation quality (recommended by the F.A.T.G).

Conservation Boards are 1350 Micron (1.35mm). Fine art trade guild Mount level 2 - Conservation.

Extra Thick

The core and backing are made from chemically purified wood pulp, from which all potentially harmful substances have been extracted. The core is pure, non acidic white, which gives subjects maximum protection against acidic contamination.

Extra Thick boards are 3200 micron (3.2mm).

Museum

The total board - surface paper, core and backing is made from a non acidic 100% Cotton fibre - Lignin free.
Use for original artwork, Fine prints and precious documents

Museum boards are 1500 micron (1.5mm). Fine Art Trade Guild Mount level 1 - Museum.

 

Picture mount - Decide how wide a mount should be

 

Wide mounts can make subjects look even more impressive.

This is because wide mounts can emphasize the subject creating a presentation like those you'd see in a gallery. On small subjects, wide mounts give the impression of value and importance.

On large subjects, a wide mount can maintain the balance of the subject, keeping everything proportional.

If you're double mounting, using one mount underneath another - Main & Base

Avoid 'striping'  this is caused when double mounts are the same width.

Just make the "BASE", the part nearest to the artwork, no smaller than 5mm, 7mm is recommended,
although some subjects may demand more. 10mm should be the absolute maximum.

If you're using Multiframe (Framing more than one image / picture)

Again avoid 'striping' when selecting the central border. This should always be smaller than the main mount widths. 60% of the main mount down to a minimum of 20mm is a good guide.
If you're selecting a main mount width of 40mm, a 24mm central border will be in proportion. 15mm should be the absolute smallest to select.

Consider "weighting" the mount by distributing the size.

Sometimes, artwork needs a lift. If you are framing an extra large, or very long piece, or if the focal point of the piece happens to be near the bottom, consider "weighting" the mount by making the mount bottom heavy. In other words, when entering the mount border widths, have it a little wider on the bottom than on the top and sides. This gives a feeling of support for the heavy piece, makes it more balanced and easier on the eyes. Another way that you can apply this technique is to have the mount widths smaller on the left and right.
The more you weight the mounts, the more dramatic, the narrower, and more subtle.
Use MOUNT DESIGNER to "Weight" your mounts.

How to decide the colour of a mount

Light, dark or neutral?

Different colours change the look of your picture / image in different ways.
For example, a dark mount can control your subject while a light mount will amplify it.
Light coloured mounts can open up a subject and make it appear larger.
Dark coloured mounts can turn you eye inward, making the picture seem smaller.
Black and white images look great with white.
Neutral colours, like Ivory and White are always great choices, as they fit right into any room.

Should the mount colour complement where it is to be displayed or the subject?

 Both are important but you should really match the mount to the subject first as the subject will never change and the decor inevitably will! When choosing a mount colour, go no lighter than the lightest colour within the subject, no darker than the darkest and no brighter than the brightest. This will guarantee success.

 

Picture mount - Single or Double

 

Single Mounts

If you choose to use one Mount, try using a neutral colour. This can be Ivory or White. Neutral tones will enhance any subject; but play with the system before simply going with Ivory or White.

Double Mounts

 If you have decided to use a double mount, it's best to use a neutral colour for the MAIN mount. For the "BASE," (the mount nearest your artwork) try matching this mount to a dominant colour in the Subject. This can add new dimension to a subject. Keeping all your mounts the same colour will soften the layers incredibly well. Try to avoid colour transitions that are extreme - choosing a BASE mount of red with a MAIN mount of Dark blue, might be too much for the eyes!

 

How to Order

A multiframe

 

Important : Please read the  ' How to measure your picture / image ' Link above before reading on...

 

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NOTE: As a mount is required in this section the system will subtract 8mm from each dimension
entered as the  picture / image size.
This will leave a 4mm overlap on top of the picture / image size to hold the picture / image in place.

 

 

Multi Frame

 

Click the link Picture Frames
at the top of the website.

This will bring you to the frame types we offer.
Select a frame type

 

 step1
 

 

Choose your frame

Scroll the down the frames to choose the frame you require then click Multi frame
to the right of the frame.

3
 

Input Sizes

Select the number of pictures / images across and down. Enter the size of each picture / image corresponding to the correct picture numbers.

step1
 

Select Frame

The frame selected will be loaded for you.
If you require this can be changed at this point.

step2

Mount Style

As you are in multiframe and a mount is required, select the type you require, single or double.

 

step3

Mount Colour

Select the type of mount and colour here.

 

step4
step_7

Mount Sizes

Enter the border widths you require here. Top, bottom, left, right and central.

 

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step_8

Options

Select or Remove options to suit your requirements.

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step_9

Review & Buy

Confirm your selection and Add to basket.

step7
A picture frame, custom size

 

Important : Please read ' How to measure your picture / image ' Link above before reading on...

 

 

Custom Picture Frames

 

Click the link Picture Frames at the top of the website. This will bring you to the Frame Types we offer. Select a frame type

 step1

Choose your frame

 

Scroll the down the frames to choose the frame you require then click custom size
to the right of the frame.

2
 

Input Sizes

 

Enter the exact width & height of your picture / image

 

Select Frame

 

Use the drop down menu to browse the frame types. When you have made a selection, click the frame.

Mount Style

 

If you do not require a mount leave this as it is. If you do require a mount with your frame then select the type you require; single or double.

Very Important : See notes below

 

Mount Colour

 

This is only active if a mount is selected on step 3. If active and a mount is required, select the type of mount and colour here.

 

step_7

Mount Size

 

This is only active if a mount is selected on step 3. If active Enter the border widths you require here. Top, Bottom, Left & Right.

 

step_8

Options

 

Select or Remove options to suit your requirements.

step_9

Review & Buy

 

A summary of your order
to order click Add to basket

 

If a mount is added on ' Mount style '   the system will automatically subtract 8mm from each
dimension entered on ' Input sizes '  -
This will leave a 4mm overlap on top of the picture / image , so the picture / image will sit just behind the opening and cannot fall through !

 

A picture frame, standard size

 

Important : Please read ' How to measure your picture / image ' Link above before reading on...

 

Standard Picture Frames

 

Click the link 'Picture Frames' at the top of the website. This will bring you to the 'Frame Types' we offer. Select a frame type.

 step1

Choose your frame

 

Scroll the down the frames to choose the frame you require then click standard size
to the right of the frame.

 step2

 Select frame

The frame selected will be loaded for you.
If you require this can be changed at this point.

step23

Frame sizes

 

Select the measurement units for the frame you require, mm,cm,inchs, A sizes.

Select the size you require and click next.

 

 step3

Options Page

 

You are now at the options page
where you can select to add an option, or remove an included option.

 step4
step_6

Review & Buy

 

A summary of your order,
to order click Add to basket

 step5

 

A picture mount, custom size

 

Custom Picture Mounts

 

Click the link 'Picture Mounts'
at the top of the website.
This will bring you to the 'Mount types' we offer.
Click the type of mount you require

 step1
 

Choose your mount

 

Scroll down the section
and then click the  Mount you require

 step2
 

Custom size

 

Click ' Custom mount without a frame '

step2
 

Mount size

 

1.Select the unit of measurement
2.Enter the external width x height you require
3.Enter the EXACT opening you require

step1

Mount Style

 

1. Select the mount Style
2. Select the opening shape

step3
 

Mount Colour

 

A confirmation of
The type and colour of the mount.

 

step4
 step_7

Mount Sizes

 

A confirmation of all sizes,
and the option to make the opening
' Bottom heavy '

step5
 step_8

Options

 

Add a backing card if required.

step6
 step_9

Review & Buy

 

A summary of your order,
to order click ' Add to basket '

step7

 

A picture mount, standard size

 

Standard sized picture Mounts

 

Click the link 'Picture Mounts' at the top of the website.
This will bring you to the 'Mount types' we offer.
Click the type of mount you require

 step1

Choose your mount

 

Scroll down the section
and then click the  Mount you require

 

 step2

Standard sized mount

 

Click standard sized mount
without frame

1

Mount size

 

1.Select the unit of measurement
2.Click the size you require.
3.Enter the EXACT opening you require

 step3
step_5

Mount Style

 

1. Select the mount Style
2. Select the opening shape

 step3
step_6

Mount colour

 

A confirmation of
The type and colour of the mount.

step4
step_7

Mount sizes

 

A confirmation of all sizes,
and the option to make the opening
' Bottom heavy '

step4
step_8

Options

 

Add a backing card if required.

step6
step_9

 

Review and buy

 

A summary of your order,
to order click ' Add to basket '

step5

After Ordering

Attach an item to a picture mount

 

step_1 1

 

 Lay the item face up and attach two pieces of tape to the top of the item.

 

   
step_2 3

 
Position the picture mount over the item to be mounted and press down gently
over where the tape is positioned.

 

   
step_3 2
 

 

Turn everything over and using your thumb or finger, gently rub the tape against the item and the
mount, this will ensure correct adhesion 

 

   
step_4 3

 

All done !

 

Clean your picture frames and plexiglas

 

Picture Frames

A gentle clean is all that is necessary for cleaning picture frames. Never use water or cleaning fluids, especially abrasive cleaners or fluids. Brush with a soft brush and clean using a clean damp cloth.

Plexiglass Picture Glazing

Never use cleaners containing ammonia or any abrasive cleaning solution.

The Acrylic cleaning solution and Micro fibre cloth we offer is specifically formulated to clean Acrylic. This is the ideal solution for the job as well as any other plastics around the house. Simply spray on a little solution  directly from the botttle onto the glazing and then gently rub across and leave to dry.

Do not use any old cloth, paper towels, or your hand to clean your acrylic. This can rub the dirt and dust into the acrylic as much as it rubs it off  - and can scratch the surface of the glazing.

 

Fit an item into a Regular picture frame

 

step_1 3

 

Lay your frame face down onto a clean, flat surface.

 

   
step_2 4

 

Using a flat head screwdriver, very carefully lift the tabs to release the backing out of the frame, these tabs are usually very strong but do not try to bend them to far back to minimise the risk of weakening or snapping them.

 

   
 step_3 5
 

 

 You should now be able to lift the MDF backing out of the frame,
do so and place it to the side for the moment.

 

   
step_4  6

 

 You can now remove the glazing from the frame, please remember the glazing always has
two protective covers on and these need to be removed from both sides, it is vacuumed
packed on and can somtimes be tricky to see; if you dig your nail into the corner it will be revealed !

 

   
 step_5  7
 

 

 With the protective covers removed from the Plexiglas, place the item you are framing in between
the MDF backing and the Plexiglas, be careful to keep at least the inside of the Plexiglas
nice and clean, as you can always clean the outside afterwards.

 

   
 step_6  8

 

Carefully lower the glazing, item and backing back into the frame, and then
use the screwdriver to bend the tabs back against the backing
board to secure everything insdide the frame.

 

   
 step_7  9
 

 
We do always advise to ' seal ' the frame up by using brown tape
around the back edge, on larger frames it really is required as it gives the overall
construction rigidity and also makes sure moisture, dust and creepy crawlies cannot get in !

 

Fit an item into an Aluminium picture frame

 

IMPORTANT - READ BEFORE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ANY ALUMINIUM FRAME
 
***** WARNING *****

 The edges of the frame pieces ARE SHARP. It is recommended that you use gloves while handling them

 

step_1 1

 Lay your frame face down onto a clean, flat surface.
You will notice there are little springs inside the back edge of the frame and corner plates,
We will remove these later on.

 

step_2 2

  Using a flat head screwdriver, very carefully remove the springs from inside of the frame
there is an indentation on each side of the spring to make removal with a screwdriver easy.
We suggest you put your hand over the spring before it is released in case it springs out !

 

step_3 3
 

Repeat the process of removing the springs until all springs have been removed and then position
the frame in the orientation of the item to be put inside.

 

step_4 4

 If you look at the corner of the frame section, you can see a little Metal corner plate
with a screw though the middle.

 

step_5 5
 

  Using a Flat head screw driver, un-tighten each screw on the bottom left corner plate.

 

step_6 6

 Repeat the process above on the bottom right corner plate.

 

step_7 7
 

 Now slide out the complete section of the frame.

 

 step_8

 8

 

  Now slide the glazing and backing out  from inside the frame

 

step_9

remove glaizing

 

You can now remove the glazing from the frame, please remember the glazing always has
two protective covers on and these need to be removed from both sides, it is vacuumed
packed on and can somtimes be tricky to see; if you dig your nail into the corner it will be revealed. 

 

 step_10

 9

 

With the protective covers removed from the Plexiglas, place the item you are framing in between
the MDF backing and the Plexiglas, be careful to keep at least the inside of the Plexiglas
nice and clean, as you can always clean the outside afterwards.

 

 step_11

 8

 

  Carefully slide the glazing, item and backing back into the frame.

 

 

step_12

 7

 

  Slide the top section back in.

 

step_13

 5

 

 Now make sure all four corners of the frame meet up and align correctly,
make adjutments as nessesary and then tighten all screws on all corner plates.

 

step_14

 2

 

  Using a flat head screwdriver push the springs back in under the inside of frame.

 

step_15

 10

 

  You will have two hanging plates and cord.
We usually put the hanging plates into the frame channels for you but just in case you have
to move or re-position them......

 

 16

11

 

 Measure down from the top of the frame section,  and place the hanging kit into the channel

 

 17

 12

 

Repeat step above on the other side.

 

18

 13

 

Check the position of each hanging plate is set the same distance from the top of the frame
and then screw down tight.

 

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 14

 

  Loop the cord through the two d-rings and tie up as securely as possible.

 

 

Fit Canvas clips

 

step_1 1

 

 Lay the frame face down onto a flat surface, and place the item to be framed inside.
 Using a pencil mark out eight positions, two on each side.
We suggest about a third of the way down & across each side.

 

 

 

step_2 3

 

Place a screw into the hole & screw the spring-clip into the frame over the position marked out.
 it is important to ensure the screw is above the highest point of the frame.
Then screw the springclip into the frame.

 

 

 

step_3 4
   

Repeat all the way around the frame, so all spring-clips are screwed into the frame
& the item in the frame is secure.

 

Fit D-rings and hanging cord

 

step_1 10

 

Using a pencil mark the position for the d-ring fitting on the back of the frame.
It is important the mark is made behind the highest point of the frames profile, to ensure
the screw does not go through the frame ! in most cases this will be approximately 1/3 of the
way down and central from the  top of the frame, use a tape measure
or ruler to ensure the distances are equal.

 

   
step_2 11

 

Place the d-rings over the pencil marks created in the previous step;
double check they are positioned over the highest point on the frame.

 

   
step_3 12
 

 

Using  an appropriate screwdriver, screw the screw into the frame,
Ensure the screws are fastened securely but do not to over tighten them
for risk of damaging the frame or threading the screw hole.

 

   
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 Loop the cord through the two d-rings and tie up as securely as possible.

 

Fit Springlock security fittings

 

 

step_1 1

 

Using the screws provided Fix 2 Hanging Plates to the Back of the Picture Frame
equidistant from each side and to the top of the  picture frame.
Push the Springlock into the bridge And then Fix the Springlock bridge and lock dead center at the bottom.

 

   
step_2 2

 

To Fit on the wall

1. Measure the distance between each top plate opening and mark the screw positions on the wall,
making sure they are level.

2. Drill the two holes in the wall and plug as necessary, then insert two Screws leaving around 5mm of the
screw head proud.

3. Drop the frame onto the screws, sliding the slots down onto the exposed screw heads, the Slot heads are
made in a way that will allow lateral movement in case of inaccuracy

4. Check the Frame is level, if not the Slot fixing allows a little vertical movement by use of the slot, through
which the small screw used to fix the fixing to the frame can be moved.

5. When satisfied all is level Pull Back the bottom Springclip with the release tool so the springlock is in the
open position and exposed from the bottom edge of the frame and mark the position on the wall.

6. Remove the frame from the wall and measure up from your marked position aprox 10mm, this will give you the bottom screw position.

7. Drill the hole and plug as necessary and insert the screw and leave the screw head proud as explained above.

8. Put the frame back on the wall and the Bottom screw should sit neatly in the springlock Screw hole at the bottom

9. Using the release tool,  Push home the Springlock clip to secure the frame to the wall.

 

Pick the perfect place to hang your picture frame

 

Hanging pictures on your wall can create a dramatic focal point and if the picture is hung well the effect will be a good one too! Remember, it is you who will be looking at it every day!

As a standard rule of thumb, Art Galleries use the 60 Inches or 1520mm rule.
This is the distance from the floor underneath where the picture is to be hung to the centre of the picture.

This brings the focal point in the picture to the same level as most peoples eyes.
Positioning this way works well for any installation. However, this is not always possible.
You may have a large fireplace or non-movable objects which make this impossible.

We know this may sound obvious, but we suggest taping together old newspapers to make a template the exact size of the picture and frame. Then, using Blue-tack, place the template in the spot you are considering.
Stand well back to see if the effect and position are what you had in mind. If it is then great, but if it isn't then
no problem, You can remove the paper and blue tack and have a re-think!

The key here is to make sure the position is spot on before banging nails or drilling holes into the wall !

When you are satisfied you have found the correct position for your picture, make a small pencil mark at the top of the paper exactly in the middle. This will be a guide for putting the hanging hooks on the wall.

If you have used D-rings, cord and screws, with your frame still on the carpet with it's cord fitted use a pencil to mark a point exactly in the middle of the frame on the top section.

Then, using your finger underneath the cord, pull the cord as near as you can to the centre point marked out on the top section of the frame. Then make a mark of this position with the pencil.

With a ruler or tape measure, measure the distance between the pencil mark on the top of the frame and the pencil mark from the top of the cord. This is the distance you will need to position the hanging hook underneath the mark made on the wall. If your frame is quite large and will be hanging form cord,  we suggest subtracting 20mm from this size to allow for the weight of the frame.

You now have the correct position marked on the wall to install your chosen fixing,  now see below
' How to hang a picture frame on a wall '

 

How to Hang a Picture Frame on the Wall

 

step_1 2

 

Before you get started, it's important to make sure you have everything you will need.
Aside from your frame and hanging hardware all you really need is a screwdriver, hammer, pencil and
for perfection a spirit level, for heavy frames you will also need a power drill

 

   
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Using your trusty pencil, mark the exact central position on the wall where you wish to hang your frame,
remember to take onto account the slack in the cord!

 

   
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Heavier frames may require a rawl plug and screw but for most frames a nail on its own should suffice,
for the demonstration we have used a single hanging hook and nail

 

   
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If you do have a heavy frame, we do suggest a rawl plug and screw to guarentee
a safe and sturdy fixing.  Start by drilling a suitably sized hole with a power drill.
WARNING: Check for wires and pipes in the wall before drilling!!

 

   
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Select the correct sized rawlplug for the hole and insert it into the hole

 

   
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Insert the appropriate size screw through the hook if you are using one and tighten to the wall,
If you are not using a hook, screw in the screw and leave 10mm-15mm proud from the wall.

 

   
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Hang your picture frame from the hook or screw by gently lowering the cord onto it.

 

 

 

step_8

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 Not necessary at all, but for absolute perfection a spirit level can be used
to make sure it's Just right !

 

 

 

step_9

 20

 

 And thats it, all done !
All that's left to do now is to stand back and admire your good work.