Preservation Framing Explained. Sorry, it's not really sexy or exciting but it is critical!

by High Desert Frameworks!

Daily we provided value, expertise, award-winning designs and artwork preservation to our clients.  It's just what we do - Day in and day out!  This blog post isn't going to be a romance novel or keep you on the edge of your chair but it will keep you informed on what we feel are critical components in framing.  To start with:  We at High Desert Frameworks use the most up-to-date archival preservation methods and materials for the longevity of your artwork. 

What the heck is preservation framing (aka Archival Framing)?:  We have gone to the source and the Library of Congress for a little help in our explanation.

What is preservation matting and framing?

Preservation matting and framing describes materials and methods designed to limit environmental (e.g., from light, water, humidity, airborne pollutants, dust, surrounding materials, etc.) risks to the displayed object. All materials used in the frame package must be chemically stable.

Key Framing Components

Hinges: Non-adhesive hinging (e.g., photo/mounting corners; polyethylene strapping; mounting strips) whenever possible or Japanese tissue hinges applied with refined wheat starch paste

Matboard (for window and for backmat): 100% cotton rag or chemically purified, lignin-free wood pulp stock

Tape for hinging the window and backmat together: Water-activated gummed linen tape; object should not touch linen tape

Glazing: UV-opaque acrylic (use a sufficiently thick-ply window mat or add spacers along the perimeter of the mat. High Desert Frameworks carries  a variety of U.V. protective glass and acrylic in both clear and non-glare options. 

Backing board: acid-free and lignin-free corrugated board

Moisture barrier: metalized polyester film; polyester film to protect the artwork from moisture.

Frame: metal or wood of sufficient depth to accommodate the complete package including the backing board; constructed to minimize potential for warping, bowing, torquing Method for securing mat package in frame: pins or brads; no tape

Preferred places to hang or store framed objects

Out of direct sunlight or any intense light source
Away from working fireplaces or radiators
Away from intake or outtake vents
On interior walls, which do not reach the same temperature extremes or bear as much moisture as exterior walls
Out of attics, basements, or any other areas prone to environmental extremes and with high risk of water leaks
Off of the floor

What does this all mean?

Look no further than High Desert Frameworks for your next framing project.  We not only create an aesthetically pleasing design that will accent your artwork and work with your decor, we preserve your framed art in as close to the original condition as possible. 

It's that simple!

Value, Expertise, Award-Winning Design Service, Preservation Framing and Wide Format Digital Printing.

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High Desert Frameworks!
61 NW Oregon Avenue #101
Downtown, Bend Oregon 97703

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