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Art, Frames, Etc.

Conservation Framing

Here at Art, Frames, Etc. we use special techniques and procedures to protect your art work.  Conservation framing consists of the frame, the mat (if used) or spacer, the backing and the hinging.  Mats, backing, and hinging must consist of 100% acid free materials to obtain conservation quality.

This type of framing is used for paper artwork and documents it should be used anytime a high degree  of protection and preservation is desired for a framed piece, such as family portraits, documents or mementos.

Time and exposure to the environment tend to deteriorate such items.  Conservation framing is designed to minimize deterioration and avoid elements that may contribute to any deterioration that surround the artwork.

Contact Information:
Art, Frames, Etc.
909 Southwest Drive

9.00am - 2.00pm

Paula Wewers - Owner/ Artist
Paula Wewers

Tips to help you preserve your fine art:

When dealing with fine art, the most important thing to remember is to use conservation methods in the framing of your piece.  A work of art that you purchase for $50 today may be worth hundreds of thousands in the future. The following are a few suggestions concerning the upkeep of your treasures.

Try not to hang art in front of windows.  If you must, and there is a lot of light, you can now purchase UV Protective glass for about the same price as reflective control glass.

Avoid carrying your framed work by the top of the frame.  You should support the side and bottom of the picture.

Always spray your non-ammonia cleaner on your cloth to clean glass.  Use only a soft brush to remove dust from oil or acrylic paintings.

Keep humidity below 70% in rooms where paintings are displayed.  It is preferred that they be kept at 50%.

Never store paintings in basements or anywhere that mold may be present.  Good circulation is the best way to guard against mildew.

Did you ever wonder what those little rubber bump-ons at the back bottom of your art are for?  They keep the work from scuffing your walls and also permit air to get behind the work.

Art should never come into direct contact with the glass.  Mats and spacers are used to prevent this.

Avoid hanging valuable art on the North outside walls of your home.  There is more of a temperature difference on outside walls.

Don’t place your art any place that you would not feel comfortable, such as over the fireplace.  If it gets too hot it can do damage to your art.

Buckling of paper is often a concern for the owner.  Remember paper is natural and will move slightly with any temperature variance or moisture.

Many people hang their art too high.  A good rule of thumb is to hang work with the middle of the work between 56” to 60” inches from the floor.

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