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framing suggestions (His art or your own.)
for photographic art.
Take it directly to a professional
framer, not a ‘discount shop’ where they have a new framer every three months,
but one that has been around for some time. (Get referrals from a reputable
art gallery if you are not sure.) The reason being that someone not
professional will put dings into the artwork, and thus diminish the value
No matter whom you have frame it, they would actually be
responsible for any damage and replacement, once you both note on the receipt
‘artwork left in perfect condition’, which you should have written on all
framing receipts anyway. That is, of course, as long as it really is left
in perfect condition.
We make triple certain we ship it out
with no dings, so if you see a problem with the art after un-rolling it at
the framers -ding wise or otherwise- notify us immediately to make a claim.
Have them use ‘Acid free’
materials. You should not have to request it, as professionals would
only use them as a matter of course, but ask to make sure.
Use approx. 3" width around a 11"x14" image, 3.5" on a 16"x20, 4" on a 24"x30,
and so on. Each should have another 1" added to the bottom to make the piece
look balanced. (If not, the bottom mat actually looks smaller that the
Use only acid free mats.
There are two further thoughts of
framing it here, mounting wise.
One, strictly museum mounted, and the other wet (or
Museum Framing: This entails
using acid free hinge tape, or the like. The only drawback with this method
is that you usually see a slight 'wavy' effect as it hangs on the
wall. You could try it and see if this works for you. If it does not, take
it back for ‘wet (or dry) mounting’,
as explained. It could take a year or two for the effect to
(or dry) mounting: This entails using as much acid free framing as
possible, but one that would give you ‘wave free’ viewing.
Prime-Foam-X ® Board
This would entail vacuum mounting with Seal acid free wet glue or some
similar product, on a
thicker acid free foam board, such as
[ Prime-Foam-X is produced by Primex
Plastics Corporation. With all its similarities to Fome-Cor, it has some
significant differences. The outer paper facing is thicker, whiter, and
glossier. The formation of the foam bubbles and their higher density in
this board allow for better retention of shape and minimize damage. This
board is said to have "memory" because slight indentations tend to heal
themselves. Consequently, in die-cutting the edges do not crimp or seal
as they do with Fome-Cor. It's said it cuts well in all directions. It
is manufactured in the same sizes as Fome-Cor and
is also available in an acid-free version.
This board is now produced with a UV inhibitor to
reduce the possibility of ultraviolet light breaking down the foam.
There are two thicknesses- 0.125 inch, and 0.210 inch, which is almost
1/4-inch thick and is thus often referred to as nominal. (Primex prefers
to use thousandths of an inch rather than fractions in referring to
thickness.) The surface pH is between 6.5 and 7.0 for the regular
surface and 7.5 for the acid-free surface. Prime-Foam-X is a little more
expensive than Fome-Cor.]
This will help keep it from the slight
buckling regular acid free board does over
time, such as Bainbridge 3/16th.
This entails using a hot press or hot vacuum
The down side is that heat is known to be damaging to some degree for the dyes
in color photographs. Black and white are fine.
Feel free to take this advice sheet to
them and have them call me with questions or other suggestions if they have any.
The framer might help you decide which way to go here, but it’s pretty much up
to you. If they come up with better
suggestions I'd like to hear back on them..
whichever way you choose to frame it that this artwork will
give you years of enjoyment.
God bless, and thanks for your
PS I suggest you print this out and take with you.