Providing clarity to the subject of glass.
The vast majority of framing work is glazed using Float Glass. It is high quality and keenly priced. Until now I have only offered "specialist" glass when asked for it, but this week I realized, it is part of my job as a framer, to stock, advice and recommend the most suitable glazing for the artwork being framed. A very brief summary of glazing I can now offer apart from standard float glass incudes:
Water-White Float: has no iron impurities and therefore gives excellent colour accuracy.
Diffused-reflection, non-glare: is used to overcome bright reflections that can happen sometimes with float glass.
Acrylic: is a high quality crystal-clear plastic. A lightweight and impact resistant alternative to glass.
ultraviolet light blocking : Advisable for artwork susceptible to UV damage. Especially if it is of high value.
Anti-reflective: reduces refection to near zero, making it virtually invisible. This allows optimal clarity and colour rendition.
At Romsey Market on a Friday, I have samples of these various glass types and will be happy to explain the features and benefits they provide,
but please, stop me when I am boring you!
This week I have also been developing a new product. Suitable for inexpensive prints and easily replaced photo's, the image is dry mounted onto a board that is inlayed into a hardwood frame. The image and frame is then encapsulated in a transparent film. As this does not have an external frame, nor glass, I am able to present art in this way at a very affordable price. The transparent film coating means it is easy to clean and very robust. It always feels good to add to the range of choices I can offer my customers!