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June 24th, 2011 - 09:29 AM
Fine art framing means archival quality materials and a professional standard are used to protect the work of art being framed. A fine art frame shop will only use 100% cotton rag, or other all natural materials in their mats and materials. Of course appropriate archival protective processes for framing must be used. Framers who offer archival framing services will only use linen tape, for example, to secure the work of art to the mat so it does not shift in the frame. If they use cellophane tape or masking tape or another adhesive such as basic glue to hold down a work of art within a frame you should not use their services. Always ask about this procedure so the framer will tell you what materials are being used. Don't be embarrassed about it, you want your work framed properly and a professional will have no problem discussing their business.
A professional framer will give you the following choices of glass
* ultraviolet (UV) blocking glass which protects your work of art from the sun's harmful rays
* regular glass which is simple and heavy but a good option
* non-glare glass which is pretty expensive and not always necessary
I don't recommend putting any work of art in direct sunlight even if you have UV glass on the work. The UV glass won't completely prevent fading but it will give some protection. Non-glare glass is usually not necessary and almost always changes the colors behind it. If you are concerned about glare then there is probably too much light where you have the piece hung. If you have a piece of artwork in this situation, then you should move the piece to another spot or buy UV glass.
If you follow these guidelines you will end up protecting your artwork for a lifetime. I'll add more later concerning fine art framing.
Pete Hellmann Photography