Artwork Creations can offer you in excess of 15 main variations of glass, mirror and plastics.
Fading of colour is by far the most common cause for damage to artwork. Unlike other forms of damage it cannot be reversed.
Fading is increased by exposure to light, humidity and temperature changes.
The best way to minimise this damage is to use a glazing product with an Ultra Violet filter (U. V. Filtering).
The highest quality products can filter 98% of UV radiation. You are best advised to use this glazing on anything that has either actual, or sentimental value.
One word of warning – signatures, particularly those written on fabric such as football shirts, are usually the first things to fade and can drastically reduce their value.
Sometimes reflections can be so bad you can hardly see the artwork at all and the bigger the picture the worse this tends to be.
To minimise reflections consider an Anti-reflective product.
There are varying qualities, most clients are familiar with non-reflective glass (diffused glass) which tends to be acid-etched usually on one side, when light hits it, it is bounced back in various directions, minimising reflections.
This tends to dull or grey artwork and the further it is placed away from the image, the greater the effect. It can be an enhancement on softly focussed images etc. but generally it is not ideal.
A better solution is to use an optically coated glass which gives incredible clarity and absolute minimal reflections, often it looks as though there is no glass present at all, hence its nickname “No Glass”
This is a generic term so called as this is the quality glazing chosen by most museums.
Both the Conservation glass and optically coated glass can be combined into one product.
For expensive or irreplaceable artwork, this has to be the glass of choice.
The quality of ‘Plastic’ glazing products has improved enormously over the last few years.
They offer a lightweight, versatile and shatter resistant alternative to glass, making them perfect for use in public areas, or where any item needs to be transported or where weight may be an issue.
A comprehensive range of plastic products are now available from great value styrenes to high end resistant acrylics, including both Conservation and reflection control alternatives.
laminated safety glazing
Where an item is to be hung in a public space or a higher risk location in the home e.g. child’s bedroom, it may be advisable to use a laminated glass product.
This acts like a cars windscreen, if damaged the glass will shatter, but will still remain in the frame.
We can provide any bespoke mirror, including standard silver float, safety backed, antique silvered, bevelled edges, unusual shapes etc.
“Paul framed a map for me, just before Christmas…. he managed to pull out all the stops and do a marvellous job… The quality and detail of his work is exemplary and he is such a nice, decent person to deal with. I’m a very happy customer.”
“Massive thank you for the outstanding work that you have done in mounting my medals. I would never have imagined that they could look quite so spectacular and I was truly overwhelmed! You really have a talent… thanks a million!”
“We are delighted with the transformations your clever work has achieved… In the case of the ‘Venice’ pastel, the result is particularly brilliant, turning what after all is a rather modest work, into a piece of art I’m rather proud now to exhibit.”
Nigel & Cynthia
“Thought you would like to know, my husband and boys were blown away with the pictures you framed, they are going to take pride of place in our lounge, many many thanks!”