Picture framing glass & glazing : options
Museum Grade UV glass
Reflection control, water white, clear coated glass will reduce reflection at 90 degrees to less than 1%, and will improve U.V. light filtering to 97+% (plain glass is around 45%). A coating of oxides deposited onto the glass works to reduce reflection by counteracting and thereby ‘flattening’ the light rays as they bounce back off the surface.
It also boasts true colour transmission, and gives a stunning effect of clarity. This type of glass is superb for mixed media works with texture, unvarnished oils, charcoals, fabrics etc as the quality of the surface remains vibrant and clear.
Artshield acrylic is a high quality clear material developed specifically for fine art applications. It is extremely resistant to surface damage, and has a good U.V. filter. The other advantage of using acrylic is its lightness, especially significant for larger frames.
With an etched surface remains a budget option – fine on fabrics for example, where conservation is not an issue, but not recommended in any framing combination which requires the glass to be raised away from the surface of the work. It can be slightly dulling.
It’s often referred to as non-reflecting, however this is not true. The reflection is diffused, and creates the effect of a white sheen across the surface.
For larger pictures is available. It can come with an anti-reflective, U.V. coating, but is generally much thicker than standard glass and therefore much heavier. We will be pleased to discuss options with you and quote prices