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What must not be done in conservation picture framing?

Conservation picture framing is a specialized, yet semi-industrial art. It is practised by a bewildering array of qualified and unqualified experts, all possessing and proffering a multitude or views, standards, opinions and qualifications. Nevertheless, in spite if of the diversity of views, skills and practices, there are several obvious, unambiguous and distinct framing methods and materials which are .. anathema to any half-decent, self-respecting, practising conservation picture framer. First of these is using any kind of household or industrial tapes to tape, or hold into place, customers' artwork anywhere inside or outside the picture frame. These tapes have adhesives which not only tend to fail with time, but also tend to stain, mark and burn artwork. A conservation hinging tape must be used and the artwork is hinged, rather than taped. Second is using M.D.F. ..

 
How, why, when and where light can damage your precious, framed art.

We had already written a few posts on the subject of light fading art but recently we came across an old and rather interesting article. After reading it, we deemed it as being far more detailed and better researched than we had already written, even though our posts are based on our experiences and empirical observations over the years. This article, reproduced below, had all the headers cut and was pasted in an old school project book. Although we'd like to attribute it to its original writer, we can't, as all the authoring information was removed. Nevertheless, if someone does know, please email us. In the meanwhile, here's the article: Darkness is the enemy of visual pleasures while its nemesis, light, is its friend and ally. Without light we could not behold all which satisfies our eyes and ...

 
About Ultra Violet (UV) protection conservation picture framing glass

Even weak daylight rays will slowly but surely fade the inks in a photograph or print by "bleaching" the colours. All light contains ultraviolet or "UV" rays and most picture frames are glazed with ordinary, clear picture framing glass. This type of glass blocks only about half of the UV rays and will not conserve colours or prevent fading. To retard fading, as absolute prevention is .. almost impossible, ask your picture framer to use "UV" filtering glass While this special type of glass is dearer, it has been proven to block over 97% of the harmful "UV" rays. UV glass is certainly worth considering when picture framing any item which is irreplaceable or of any commercial, sentimental, historical or, emotional or personal value. Most Australian picture framers generally stock picture framing glass in three varieties. Clear float glass ...