The following is a list of tips to follow in order to protect the artwork and show off its aesthetics, or, that which pleases the eye.
- Where and how will the frame hang? Depending on the kind of light, the theme of the artwork and room wall size you will want to hang your frame in an attractive way that easily catches the eyes and captures the senses. Always use d-ring hangers and appropriate wall mounts when hanging heavy frames (25 pounds or more) and plastic coated (zerlon) wire for lighter works. Never use wire hanging devices for wide images (over about 24 inches) as too much pressure will be exerted on the mitered corners and the glass and will increase the risk of breakage and/or other damage.
- To what kind of light will it be exposed: Fluorescent, incandescent, or sunlight? Make sure any glass you use is UV resistant. Remember nonglare glass has tiny etching in it and thus creates some distortion of the image (especially when viewed at an angle). On the other hand, Museum quality glass (although quite expensive) is the clearest, best framing glass available and looks almost as if there is no glass at all over the image/artwork.
- Mounting board - if used - should be acid free in order to reduce the amount of lignates or acids from escaping onto the artwork over time. Mounting watercolors, fine prints, and works on paper should be mounted on "art care board" or other fine quality mounting boards. Mat boards (used to further enhance the artwork or items to be displayed) made of ground up wood will also leach out destructive acids. Be sure to use acid free (100% alpha cellulose) or rag-mat (100% cotton fiber) mat boards when creating enhancements, especially on precious items. Most volume retail outlets sell only paper mats, or, those made from ground wood.
- What medium is the work? Pastels, watercolors and photographs all require glass. Canvas oil/acrylic paintings do not require glass and when glass is used should be used with utmost caution: no work of any kind should ever come into contact with the glass.
- Smaller items are better displayed in larger settings. Be careful not to over exaggerate, however. Remember that the framing and its setting should serve to enhance, not overpower the actual art.
- Wood frames are best used in almost any scenario and are especially good when used with watercolors or pastels. Canvas paintings are charming in wood, while photographs and high quality prints and posters go well with metal of smaller trimmed wood with or without matting.
- Mats may be used on most projects and serve to bring out general and specific colors depending on the number of mats to be used. One mat may be fine, but two mats are the general rule with the outer mat being more neutral in accordance with the overall background colors in the art. The second or lower mat should pick up the highlights of the colors that may be much more sublime. Basically, leave about 1/4" space showing on the bottom mat, depending on how you want to enhance the art. Some frame shops will even make special cuts in mats such as decorative corners and "French" lines; this will further enhance the beauty of the art, but be prepared to pay extra!
Regarding Glazing Materials:
- Always be sure to maintain a little space between the art work and the glazing (glass or acrylite) if such is used. Serious damage could result if the surface of the glazing material is laid directly on top of the work to be protected. Due to humidity and pressure, over time moisture can build up between the two and cause the art to stick to the surface of the glazing. Even penciled art work and other mediums such as water colors and the like should never come into contact with the glazing material. Art that is produced on canvas or wood by use of oil or acrylic paints ought not to be covered at all. However, in some instances, mostly for conservation purposes, these mediums can be covered but must NEVER touch the glazing material as serious damage to the artwork will occur.
- Be sure to handle glass with great care. As we all know from experience, glass may be helpful but can also be extremely dangerous if handled incorrectly. When handling glass, be sure to use the correct protective gloves and safety eyewear. Gloves that have rubberized grip on the palm and fingers are best to prevent the glass from slipping in the hand. Clear, protective lenses over the eyes will reduce the chances of any shards of glass entering the eyes in the event of accidental breakage upon installation.
- Clean the glazing with the correct type of cleaning solution. Common glass cleaners (such as Windex) may be great for common glass, but it might not be the best solution for cleaning picture frame glazing. Glass cleaner for picture frame quality glass may be purchased at some hobby stores (or on this web site) and should not include ammonia or ammonia products. Some glazing has a protective film on its surface and the ammonia can weaken and even damage the effect of the protective film. For cleaning acrylite/plexiglass use a product called "Plexus" which can be found at auto parts stores and power sport equipment stores in the parts section of the store. Plexus is especially designed for acrylite surfaces that will in time begin to "yellow" if cleaned with glass surface cleaners or other agents not designed for acrylite. Also, plexiglass - as sturdy as it is - is easily scratched. Try using a terry cloth or other lint free cloth for cleaning acrylite - even "soft" paper towels can scratch the surface of some types of acrylite glazing.
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