After we’ve looked at framing machinery and framing standards in our earlier blogs, we can turn to glazing and reflections. In part 3, we’ll look at choosing the right kind of options for a framed work and how to avoid colour fading.
There are over fifteen glazing options for a framed work, glass and perspex options being the most common. Mirror aside, the choice of glass separates products that offer protection from damaging effects of ultra violet rays (artificial and natural) and those that can offer an almost clear view (minimising the effects of reflection).
Much of the glazing used in art is unobtrusive depending upon the exposure to light, humidity and temperature changes. Colour fading from ultra violet sources is by far the most common damage. Stains and foxing can be bleached out and careful selection of paper with reduced acid levels by the artists for their works can help preservation. However, colour lost through fading cannot be restored.
Glazing with a U.V filter blocks out over 98% of U.V radiation and preserves family heirlooms, thus ensuring investments retain their value.
If irritating reflections are likely to occur on a glazed picture exposed to a strong light source (large windows/patio doors) it is worth considering reflection controlled glazing material. Acid-etched, diffused or “non-reflective” (inappropriately named) glass is a budget option, but clarity will be lost, giving a hazy appearance and cannot be recommended for the clear display of the work. The correct solution is to use an optically coated reflection controlled glass, giving the clearest picture glass clarity available.
If you are based in Edinburgh and have something special to frame, why not book an appointment to discover more about the options available to you?