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FRAMING

We acknowledge the standards as prescribed by the Fine Art Trade guild, and give visual consideration to each individual work to help make an informed choice on the different levels of framing. Archival is a word used to identify techniques that are designed to preserve your work. When choosing best mounting practices, it’s good to know what these archival standards are.

Read below to make an informed choice that suits your budget and needs.

Class1 – 100% Cotton boards are made from the purest form of natural cellulose, require little processing, are naturally acid free and maintain a history of performance for maximum protection. Mostly used to frame original artwork, fine prints and precious documents by Museums. Only a limited variety of various shades of white available.

Class2 – 100% Conservation quality though technically speaking, they’re made from a chemically purified pulp, where all the potentially damaging substances have been removed. This means the acid neutral, pure white bevel remains white throughout the passage of time and won’t harm your artwork. Only a limited variety of various shades of white available.

Class3 – This non archival category has the widest range of colours and is the least expensive. These mounts, which include black core boards and boards with bold and brightly coloured face paper, are perfect for cost-effective framing when conservation quality materials are not necessary. They are acid free but will not maintain their Ph neutral quality forever.

Conservation hinging
All processes are fully reversible. We assess your work according to paper weight, type, condition, to decide on the hinging options. We use non-adhesive hinging (e.g., photo/mounting corners; polyethylene strapping; mounting strips) whenever possible or Japanese tissue hinges applied with refined wheat starch paste.

Acid free hinging
A tear resistant paper and coated age resistant acrylic adhesive is widely used to hinge those works of art that do not warrant wheat paste and rice paper hinges. Both the adhesive and paper are buffered (pH8.7aged) so the tape remains acid-free for decades after application. Even though this is a neutral acid free tape, it is not approved as archival.

Dry Mounting
This is a framing process that involves adhering your picture to a rigid foam board in a heated vacuum machine to remove and prevent prints wrinkling over time. The process is non-reversible, so we don’t recommend dry mounting valuable artwork.

Art Glass
The “invisible” glass reveals true colours and texture of your art and ensures neutral reflection colour that helps to prevent work from fading.

  • Art glass AR 70 – virtually invisible glass with a smooth surface that allows for details to emerge unaltered.
  • Art glass AR 92 – with 92% UV protection and light transmission of over 98%, provides a perfect balance between protection and clarity

Read more here https://www.groglass.com/product/artglass-ar-70/

Plexi Glass
We use a 4mm Plexiglass GS cast acrylic with a 92% UV resistance. The advantage of using Plexi glass is that it is absolutely colourless and clear, break and impact resistant, resistant to weathering and aging.

A Gallery grade option is available at 100% UV resistance and a higher cost.

Standard glass
This glass is between 2mm and 3mm in thickness and is the cheapest glass option. It is suitable for a lot of the pictures and in most cases would not usually sit directly onto your print, photograph or otherwise (ask for advice on this). It’s main purpose is to provide protection to the image and a cost effective solution.

Whether you are looking for a simple, economical solution or something completely custom, we’ll work with you to design the perfect frame to protect and enhance your artwork.

Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Choose from a dense solid wood or aluminium moulding, finished with a natural, painted, stained or gilded finish.

See our profile list here: 1. Natural wood2. Aluminium3. Hardwood

We love to customise and design something completely unique. Our workshop with skilled craftsmen, is setup with industrial machines that allow us to make just about anything. From 5m long frames, oval or round frames, to rotating plinths. Anything is possible…