It is important to prevent the surface of the artwork or object from coming into contact with the glazing. This is done either by using window mount which supports the edges of the paper or by using "spacers" to float-mount artworks on paper. In either case we recommend to use 100% museum cotton rag or conservation alpha cellulose mount boards. Framing for the Future: Conserving Artwork |
Conservation framing refers to the techniques and materials which are used to safely encase and preserve an artwork in such a way so that the condition remains unchanged. Works of art hold a significant value to each individual, be it monetary, sentimental, historical or emotional. Ultimately, investing in this method of framing will not only enhance and protect but will allow enjoyment of the work for years to come. An example of "acid burn" to a watercolour from an acidic mount.
Glazing: We offer two choices of conservation standard* glass products : Tru Vue Conservation Clear ® and Tru Vue Museum ® Glass. Conservation Clear ® glass provides up to 99% UV blocking capability whilst Museum ® Glass has the added feature of an optically coated anti-reflective technology - rendering the product virtually invisible! *(According to Institute guidelines from the International for Standardization, ISO 18902, recommend using glazing that blocks at least 97% of UV energy.)
An alternative to hinging, Corner pockets can be used for photographic works which are being window mounted. Made from Mylar (archival polyester) they attached on each corner of the work with enough room to allow for expansion of the paper.
For artworks on paper we only use Lineco ® Japanese hinging tissue on the verso of the work in a "T-Bar" configuration, this allows for expansion and contraction of the artwork. The long fibres of the natural tissue are strong and invisible when applied. These methods do not involve the use of adhesives which would yellow and otherwise cause damage to the artwork.