Conservation Framing

Mixed media painting floated in Larson-Juhl Academie frame

Conservation framing preserves artwork, photos, documents and objects from harmful environmental factors including moisture, light, dirt and dust.

What needs Conservation Framing?

Art, photographs, prints, collectibles, and items of historical or sentimental value that you would like to preserve for future generations are candidates for conservation framing.

What are the elements of  Conservation Framing?

  • FRAME – besides playing a decorative role, a frame provides a sturdy outer barrier that protects your artwork and should be strong enough for the size and weight of the piece being framed.
  • GLAZING – UV blocking glass and museum quality acrylic glazing help protect artwork from the damaging effects of UV light which can quickly fade ink and paint.
  • MATTING – 100% acid free and lignin free mats help protect artwork from the damaging effects of acids that naturally occur in paper.  We use both rag board (that contains no paper or lignin) and alkaline buffered mats that contain zeolites which counteract the acids present in wood products.
  • ATTACHING ARTWORK – Reversible and “do no harm” mounting techniques such as hinging and photo corners ensure artwork is securely mounted in the frame but also “release” should the frame be dropped. Properly prepared hinges release before the artwork tears.
  • BACKING – Rigid and stable backing boards made with acid free materials ensure a proper support that will protect artwork from damage from the back of the frame.
David using underpinner

David using underpinner