Materials used in picture framing
I have accounts with some of the larger stockists and can normally have items delivered within a week, so if I donít have the materials you want me to use in stock, I can get them quickly.
These come in a mind-boggling range of shapes, styles, colours and materials and can be selected from on-line catalogues or a paper version. There are quite literally thousands to choose from.
I prefer, in a lot of cases, to use bare-wood mouldings so they can be finished to suit the artwork or item being framed. This takes more time, but guarantees the finished product will fit in with colour schemes and designs.
When it comes to glass, there are more and more possibilities these days, with a range of prices to match the cost of production, research and speciality.
Standard float glass
Most projects are suitably glazed using standard 2mm float glass. This is the most popular and lowest cost option at around £6 for a large sheet.
Water-White Float Glass
This is similar to standard float glass but is completely clear and colourless. Standard float glass is slightly green, not really noticeable, but due to it's greater clarity, water-white will allow the colour of your work to show through without adjustment.
A high quality, water-white glass that is further treated to remove glare and reflections so that artwork can be viewed clearly, to provide the highest brightness and contrast levels available. This type of glass needs to be close to the artwork, so should not be used in 3D framing.
UV Protection Conservation Glass
Conservation glass is coated to protect valuable artworks from 98% of harmful UV rays which can cause colours and materials to fade or degrade over time.
Anti-Reflection and UV Protection Museum Glass
Museum standard glass is treated with both anti-glare and UV protection. This is understandably, the most expensive type of glass for protecting high value items and works of art.