Glazing

While most ready-made picture frames come with clear glass, this may not necessarily be the optimum glazing for your artwork. There is a wide range of glazing options available for anyone having a picture frame custom made, and before any final decision is made on the glazing to be employed, you should be aware of what  options are available, and what would be best for your own particular situation.

EFFECT OF UV RAYS

The most critical aspect in choosing what type of glazing is most suitable is the effect of UltraViolet (UV) rays on the artwork being framed. While most daylight rays will fade inks in photographs and prints, the worst rays are the UV rays. UV light contributes to severe colour loss, paper embrittlement, and deterioration of artwork These effects can be cumulative, and are irreversible. And UV rays are not just confined to daylight rays, as flourescent lights can have a high concentration of UV rays. Therefore UV filtering glass should always be considered to minimise the damaging effects of UV rays, from both indoor and outdoor light sources .

REFLECTION, OR ANTI-GLARE

This consideration is more of a personal choice, although it can also depend on where the artwork is going to be positioned. This glazing utilises a single sided etch on the glass to minimise reflections or glare. If artwork is to be hung in a position where light is likely to reflect off the artwork, then consideration should be given to using non-reflective or non-glare glass. Note that with this type of glazing, there can be loss of clarity or resolution if it is too far from the artwork. For this reason, we recommend that non-reflecting glass should not be used if it is to be any more than 3 matboard thicknesses from the artwork.

Glazing Choices offered.

Through discussing your requirements, we will suggest to you what would be the best for the glazing of your artwork. Your final choice will come from:

  • Clear glass (No glare or UV protection)
  • Non-Reflecting glass (Glare free, no UV protection)
  • Conservation Clear Glass (blocks 98% of UV, no glare protection)
  • Conservation Reflection Control (blocks 98% of UV, with glare protection)
  • Museum Glass (Reduces reflection by over 85%, blocks 98% of UV light Rays)

We would be pleased to discuss the advantages of each option with you, and can show you samples of each type of glazing, so that you can clearly understand the differences. As a general rule, we would normally recommend that a conservation approach to framing should be applied, thereby recommending the use of UV filtering glass; however, we would always discuss this option with you before any final decision is made.