Mounting & Museum Framing
Monoprint by Karen Colley with a double Conservation Window Mount in a hand painted Tulipwood frame, glazed with Museum Glass.
The minimum requirement is that artworks are mounted using Conservation board. This is an acid free solid core board made from akaline buffered wood pulp. The work is attached using acid free tape and then backed with Conservation board. All the framing carried out in the studio uses Conservation or Museum grade materials.
Museum framing is recommended for valuable works. This type of framing uses materials that are all to a higher standard than Conservation. Museum Board is 100% cotton rag, Museum Glass has both a UV filter and an anti reflective coating. Furthermore the inside of the frame itself is lined with aluminium tape to prevent any possible migration of harmful residual material from the wood moulding.
A natural wood frame lined with aluminium tape prior to fitting Museum Glass and spacers.
Strictly speaking any work on paper should be glazed with Conservation Glass. This has a UV filter coating which removes 99% of harmful ultra violet which helps prevent long term light damage.
Artwork can be window mounted or floated inside a window mount. For box frames the work can be float mounted (fixed directly with acid free tape to the mount board) or feather floated. For the latter the work is attached to a platform which is then raised off the mount board in order to achieve a 'floating' effect inside the box frame.
There are examples of these mounting techniques in the Gallery section of this site. For more on glazing options and light damage see here.