How do I protect my photographs?

  Photographs are some of our most prized possessions representing an irreplaceable moment in time. In order to best preserve them from the harmful affects of sunlight, common pollutants and time, we suggest the following: (more…)

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Why do I need preservation framing?

  A key component of professional picture framing is the ability to preserve the original condition of the items, both at the time they are being framed and in the event that the framing, mounting and matting is removed at a later date. Preservation picture framing, also know as conservation picture framing and museum quality […]

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Should I have my artwork mounted?

  Artwork of any value is not generally mounted this way since it can greatly affect any resale value. Museum mounting, commonly known as “hinge mounting” means the art is attached with paper hinges to the board, generally across the top. The art hangs free, allowing it to expand or contract with temperature and humidity […]

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Is glass the same as glazing?

  Glazing is a general term used to describe the transparent material covering the artwork as a means of protection, such a glass. There are many variationsincluding regular clear picture glass, reflection control (chemically coated to reduce reflection), and conservation glass (specially formulated to help filter the damaging effects of UV light). There are also […]

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Why do I need a mat?

Matting is the term used to describe the window-cut material placed around an image within a frame. It serves as a spacer allowing the artwork to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. Mats come in a variety of colors, textures, patterns and fabric surfaces and are chosen to complement the color and […]

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What’s a frame moulding?

  Moulding is the term used to describe material that is cut, joined and assembled into a picture frame. Wood and metal are the materials most commonly used to make moulding and are offered in a varietyof finishes. In addition to custom framing flat artwork and three-dimensional objects such as sports memorabilia, these mouldings are […]

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Glossary of Framing Terms

  Acid Free A term used to describe paper materials with a 7 pH, or very close to 7 pH. Acid-free materials are more permanent and less likely to discolor over time. The term Archival or conservation quality more accurately describes true acid-free conservation quality matboard. Archival The framing procedure where all materials are acid […]

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