Caring for your artwork at SE1 Picture frames London

On November 22, 2012 by webmaster

At SE1 Picture Frames London we follow conservation guidelines and looking after and caring for your artwork long term is at the forefront  of what we do. The following rules apply when we frame an artwork:


1. SE1 Picture Frames London never permanently mounts any artwork. We do, however, advise clients to dry mount photographs to avoid them rippling and cockling over time.  Occasionally some other forms of artwork may be considered for the dry mounting process.  If you do choose to drymount, you should regard the artwork and the substrate as one piece permanently.

2. SE1 Picture Frames London never use masking, drafting, magic, sur­gical, and packing tapes. These tapes will damage the art work. We only use conservation, ph neutral tapes.

3. SE1 Picture Frames London always aims to fix/secure the artwork in as few places as possible while ensuring the artwork is safe and secure. The natural expansion and contraction of the artwork from humidity and temperature is restricted with more fixings and therefor increases the risk of the artwork rippling.

4. SE1 Picture Frames London never uses chipboard, or cardboard as backing or storage for artwork or any ground-wood pulp-board or paper as backing board or storage for the artwork. Theses boards are highly acidic and damage the artwork.

5. SE1 Picture Frames London never uses conventional wood pulp boards for mounting or backing of artwork. Instead, we use museum or conservation boards

6. SE1 Picture Frames London never uses single strength glass larger than 36″ x 48″. We would always suggest the use of acrylic as it is lighter and will not break.

7. SE1 Picture Frames London will only use glass or antistatic acrylic for artwork done in charcoal or pastels. This is becaus the static from acrylic can damage charcoal and pastel artwork.

8. SE1 Picture Frames London will never put artwork in contact with the glass. Glass tends to collect moisture on its surface, and when it comes in contact with the surface of artwork it can provide an ideal environment for the growth of mold. Photographs and acrylic paints will also adhere to the glass over time causing damage when removing.

9. SE1 Picture Frames London never allows the artwork to touch the edges of a wooden picture frame. This is because wood is naturally acidic and it contains lignin which breaks down and becomes acidic and will damage the artwork. The artwork should be at least 1 inch away from the wood.

10. SE1 Picture Frames London will never alter an original artwork without clear consent form the owner.

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