Anyway, mounting prints is almost as much of a discussion point in photography as all the other things. I learnt how I do it from a Luminous Landscape tutorial, but since I mostly mount smaller prints I eschew hinging the mats, and mostly only mount with mounting corners. We will see.
Step one is to place the print and fit the mat. An important point is that it shouldn't move until it is fixed in place, for that purpose we use a weight. A, flat, clean and heavy weight.
With the weight in place we then place the mounting corners. Since these are small A4-size images, they will stay in place using just corners and the mat. Once the picture is securely mounted, we need to double-check that it fits the mat so that we don't find any mistakes after we mount it.
Before sliding the mounted print in, we peel the cover off of the plexiglass and place it on the matted picture and make very sure there is no dust in between. A simple dust blower makes short work of any dirt. By now we really should have signed the mats if we wanted to do that.
In order to keep the stack of backing, print, mat and glass in place the Nielsen system uses leaf springs that you push in under the edges of the frame. I tend to use two per side for A4-size prints.
The last step is to put some hanging wire in place. By only twisting one side to start with it is easy to regulate the height when we actually hang the prints. Oh, and that's one, now for the other four, whereof one needs to be selected and printed first.
But, after all that I have more of my own art on the walls, which is nice. Thank you for following along.