Framing Tips - Sun, Moisture & Heat

Written by by Jim Fishwick, Manager, and

The enemy: Solar radiation...alias: Sunshine...alias: ultra-violet light.

Direct sunlight is very, very hard on any mat, but especially non-conservation matboard. Fading ofrepparttar mat color can occur extremely quickly in late spring, summer and early fall whenrepparttar 139158 sun is high, and is still a major concern at any time of year. The core ofrepparttar 139159 mat will go pre-maturely brown with high exposure. The artwork itself is also at risk, especially lower quality prints. Photos printed by high volume retailers can fade in a couple of days of strong sun. Photos from higher quality retail photo finishing shops are often of much higher quality, but will still fade with enough exposure to direct sunlight.

The cure is easy. Never allow framed art of any type to be exposed to direct sun. Period. Unfortunately florescent lighting has some ofrepparttar 139160 same harmful qualities of sunlight, though to a lessor extent. Ifrepparttar 139161 artwork will be exposed to high volumes of this type of lighting, consider purchasing conservation quality glass. It is available at most glass shops and in custom framing retail stores. Prepare to be shocked, asrepparttar 139162 price is very high. Regular and non-glare glass afford some UV protection, but not much. Acrylics, (plastic, plexiglass, etc.), have inherent properties that reduce some ultraviolet light but cannot be considered conservation quality.

The enemy: High relative humidity or excess moisture.

Definition of Relative Humidity: The amount of water vapor inrepparttar 139163 air relative torepparttar 139164 amount of water vaporrepparttar 139165 air is capable of holding at a given temperature. Ifrepparttar 139166 temperature goes down,repparttar 139167 relative humidity will go up. Ifrepparttar 139168 temperature goes down enough,repparttar 139169 air cannot holdrepparttar 139170 moisture and condensation occurs.

Excess moisture inrepparttar 139171 air will penetraterepparttar 139172 framing package, causing condensation. The problem is most apparent when a slight bit of cooling allows water vapor to condense onrepparttar 139173 glass. Any adjacent surface will suffer water damage. If a mat is present at leastrepparttar 139174 artwork is protected from direct damage, which is an excellent reason to use mats. Most artwork will tend to become wavy.

Under normal conditions this should not be a big problem. Ifrepparttar 139175 temperature inside is warmer than outside,repparttar 139176 relative humidity should remain belowrepparttar 139177 danger point. Unheated areas can sometimes produce relative humidities at or near 100%, and certainly bathrooms and kitchens can be a problem. Shipping artwork, or allowing it to be transported in vehicles during periods of high heat and humidity can be deadly if care is not taken. Moisture absorbers can be packed with artwork to help protect it. Artwork in kitchens and bathrooms can be sealed to some extent by caulkingrepparttar 139178 edges, but this is only a partial help. Never hang valuable artwork in a high humidity area. Ever.

What is Shadow Box Framing?

Written by by Jim Fishwick, Manager, and

Displaying memorabilia in a frame enjoys tremendous popularity. Sport objects, collectors plates, medals and clothing pieces are just a sample ofrepparttar huge number of objects regularly displayed. Retail stores abound with examples of completed shadow boxes which usually command high prices due torepparttar 139157 originality ofrepparttar 139158 display.

Finding frames for artwork and photos is easy, with standard sizes available everywhere. Shadow box frames are a different story. Many require odd shapes, andrepparttar 139159 depth necessary may be anything from a fraction of an inch to several inches. Some ofrepparttar 139160 larger Art supply outlets and Craft stores carry a limited supply of shadow box frames. Custom frame shops can design one to your requirements, butrepparttar 139161 cost can easily run to several hundred dollars for larger frames.

Shadow box frames can be divided into 3 categories (B)1. Shallow frames, ranging up to 1/2 inch or so.

These can often use "offrepparttar 139162 shelf" frames. Objects such as coins, metals, ribbons etc. usually do not require more than 3/8 to 1/2 inch of depth, and many normal frames will accommodate this. Some frames also come with a "double" rabbet and are usually for oil paintings. These can allow up to 1 1/2 inches of depth. Standards size "offrepparttar 139163 shelf" frames are relatively inexpensive.

2. True shadow box (solid wood) frames.

These will allow depths of 4 inches or more, depending onrepparttar 139164 design. A rabbet is usually put onrepparttar 139165 bottom ofrepparttar 139166 frame for installation ofrepparttar 139167 back. Shadow box frames take a lot of high quality wood, are difficult to obtain, and generally quite expensive. The inner sides and back usually need to be decorated with a covering material, often matboard or similar materials.

3. Display boxes which fit into "offrepparttar 139168 shelf" frames.

Display boxes are made to fit intorepparttar 139169 rabbet of a normal frame. They normally come pre-lined with mat or paper materials and you can add your own lining if required. If used with a true Shadow box frame,repparttar 139170 steps of decoratingrepparttar 139171 sides and back are eliminate, and disassembly is easy. The advantage is that a very nice frame can be turned into a shadow box of any depth quite inexpensively. The back ofrepparttar 139172 display box will jut out fromrepparttar 139173 back ofrepparttar 139174 frame used, so a wide frame is desireable. Display boxes are normally manufactured for specific purposes, and thus are difficult to obtain.

Liningrepparttar 139175 Shadow box frame 1. If mats are to be used,repparttar 139176 sides ofrepparttar 139177 frame may not be seen. Also,repparttar 139178 glass and mats can be held in by using framing points. Thus no work is required onrepparttar 139179 sides.

2. If mats are not used,repparttar 139180 sides should be lined first with foamcore, and then with matboard or some other decorative material. (Wall paper, colored paper etc.) The top edge ofrepparttar 139181 foamcore will press againstrepparttar 139182 glass and hold it in place. Double sided tape or glue will holdrepparttar 139183 foamcore and lining in place. Be surerepparttar 139184 foamcore and lining is not thicker thanrepparttar 139185 width ofrepparttar 139186 rabbet, or it will be seen fromrepparttar 139187 front ofrepparttar 139188 frame.

3. The rear ofrepparttar 139189 box requires a material less than 1/4 inch deep, orrepparttar 139190 width ofrepparttar 139191 rabbet atrepparttar 139192 bottom ofrepparttar 139193 frame. Thin plywood or a similar material is fine, but 3/16" foamcore is one ofrepparttar 139194 better materials. It is very smooth, and easy to attach to a lining. Use matboard or a similar material to linerepparttar 139195 back and attach it with double sided tape or glue.

Using window mats with shadow boxes Any shadow box can be used with or without a single or double mat. If mats are used, any number of openings can be placed to effectively display several objects. The mats can even be placed at different levels to add torepparttar 139196 "3D" effect. If mats are used,repparttar 139197 sides ofrepparttar 139198 frames do not usually need to be decorated as they are not seen. The type and color of mats should matchrepparttar 139199 color ofrepparttar 139200 backing board.

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