The incidentals youll need to complete your framing job.
Your frame will need to be assembled. If its wood, youll need glue and some sort of clamping device. You may or may not want to use screws (not nails-they may split the wood). Be sure to drill a pilot hole. If you think your piece will be travelling, screws are a good idea. Insert them into the corners at the top and bottom (out of sight).
If your frame is metal youll need the assembly hardware kit, and a flat head screwdriver.
Wood frames that are sold Raw need to be finished. Our frames are ready for finishing, but you may want to sand them further for an extra fine look. Sand WITH THE GRAIN and spend a little extra time on the corners. Finish with 220 or finer grit paper. Afterward, Westfall Framing recommends a linseed oil, turpentine and paste wax finish, easily applied by hand. There are many other finishes available that can be rubbed, rolled, brushed or sprayed on.
You will need to mount your artwork. There are a variety of spray adhesives and tapes available for this purpose.
You will need to clean your glazing thoroughly, and remove all dust and debris before inserting the art. Glass cleaner is good for glass, very bad for acrylic. Use a plastic cleaner on all acrylic. A soft bristle brush is handy for removing dust, or a can of DRY compressed air.
Mat board is very susceptible to dirt and grease smudges, particularly the oil from your skin. White cotton inspection gloves can prevent this, and a document cleaner or rub gum cleaning pad can help remove any blemish that does occur.
A wood frame loads from the back, so you need something to hold your package in place. There are a number of point drivers designed for this purpose, but you can also use small nails or brads.
Metal frames have channels that the art package slides into, and the assembly kit includes spring clips the provide tension.
You will need some type of hanger. A wire across the back is common. For wood frames, this is usually attached with straphangers or screw eyes. A saw tooth hanger attaches to the top rail and needs no wire. Each of these devices has an equivalent for metal frames, and your choice is provided with the assembly hardware.
And finally, a good clean work space with plenty of room!