Custom Picture Framing

We do conservation framing. UV filtering glass, or if you prefer UV filtering acrylic, is used on everything we frame. Only conservation grade matboard comes in contact with the limited and open edition artwork. The artwork is properly mounted on acid-free backing. This is done for the preservation purposes and to give you many years of enjoyment. Poster and photograph mounting may vary but we still recommend and use UV glass.

Come in and we will be happy to assist you with custom framing ideas on your beautiful new artwork! We offer quality framing at very competitive prices!

What Is Conservation Framing?

Specifying Conservation Framing is an important form of insurance for your valuable artwork, keeping it as lovely as it is today for your enjoyment for years to come.

As consumers, we bring our valuables in to be framed for a number of different reasons. Sometimes we frame an item to create an attractive decoration for our home. On the other hand, sometimes we frame the very things we value most - whether that be commercial or sentimental value - in order to protect them from damage.

If It's Worth Framing, It's Worth Protecting.

What is Conservation Framing?

Put simply, Conservation Framing employs the use of materials that have been proven to protect and maintain art in as close to its original condition as possible.

When should I ask for Conservation Framing?

Value is, at best, a subjective thing. If it's worth framing, it's worth protecting. Use TruGuard® Conservation Quality Artboard and Glass featuring TruGuard® UV Protection on everything you have framed.

How can I be sure that I am getting Conservation Quality?

Let your framer know that you want Conservation Framing employed on your project. Specifically, request the following:

1. Specify TruGuard® UV Protection Glass.

Ultraviolet light rays are one of the most dangerous elements that your artwork can encounter. It will not only cause your colors to fade to a mere shadow of their former glory, but will cause the materials themselves to begin to break down right in the frame.

Conservation Quality picture framing glass is specially formulated to protect framed works of art from the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. By specifying Tru Vue® Conservation Series® Glass, you are insuring that over 97% of these most damaging light rays are filtered out before ever coming into contact with your valuables.

2. Specify Conservation Quality Artboard.

Ordinary pulp-based matboard contains acids and lignins which, over a period of time, damage the artwork they come in contact with.

When going over your artboard options with your framer, ask him or her to show you only Conservation Quality Artboard, such as Tru Vue® UltiMat® and UltiBlack®.

Conservation Quality Artboard is free of all acids, lignins and other impurities found in ordinary "pulp" board. The result is an inert or pH neutral board which will cause no damage to the artwork it encases as time goes by.

3. Request a careful adherence to proper conservation techniques for mounting the artwork (sometimes called "hinging") and sealing your artwork.

The framer you patronize should be fully versed in the specifics of conservation hinging. Be sure to impress upon him or her how much the piece means to you, and demand that proper conservation standards be upheld.

But even if a piece has value of a more personal nature, it can deserve Conversation Framing. A seldom recognized fact is that most pieces we bring to a framer should be framed with conservation in mind. As a rule of thumb, if the item you are framing is an irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind photograph, document or piece of memorabilia, or if it is an original work of art or a limited edition, it should be framed using conservation techniques and materials. The cost premium for Conservation Framing is marginal - and certainly well worth it.

All Glass Is Not Created Equal

The single most important step you can take to protect your framed artwork from harmful UV rays is to specify the use of Conservation Glass featuring TruGuard® UV Protection.

What are you really buying when you use the services of a custom framer?

Talent -- yes, and the knowledge and ability to select the proper framing materials for your particular project. This means helping you choose the right colors, the right frame style, and most importantly, the right materials to protect your art, photo or memorabilia. There's the matboard, the frame, the backing board and the mounting materials to consider. And of course, the glass. And glass is glass, right? Wrong. All glass is not created equal. In order to preserve, protect and get the most out of your artwork, you have some choices to make. And with a little knowledge, those choices will be very easy.

What determines the glass I should use?

Your custom framer should help you select the right glass for your project. The very fact that you are having this item framed denotes its value to you. The best choice for any framed item is to use glass featuring TruGuard® UV Protection.

What other glass choices do I have?

Tru Vue® offers five types of glass available with TruGuard® UV Protection. All five types block 97% of harmful UV light rays.

CONSERVATION CLEAR®
Essential for conservation framing

CONSERVATION ULTRACLEARTM
Trueness-to-color with clarity

CONSERVATION REFLECTION CONTROL®
Single-sided etched non-glare

CONSERVATION PERFECT VUE
Proprietary technology improves transmission and clarity

MUSEUM GLASS®
Anti-reflective technology with UV blocking properties

Perhaps you have a very bright room in which you will display your artwork, or you intend to hang the piece opposite a window or lamp. Anytime you think reflection may become a distraction from the enjoyment of your artwork, you may want to ask for Conservation Reflection Control®.

Many framers are conditioned against using reflection control glass. This is the result of the poor quality glass that has traditionally been available. These low-tech "non-glare" glasses have a highly frosted appearance because they are etched on both sides. The resulting fuzziness and distortion made for many dissatisfied framing customers, which soured framers on the idea of reflection control.

Tru Vue® Conservation Reflection Control® glass employs etching on only one side, eliminating the reflection problem with only a subtle softening of clarity. (This "soft focus" actually enhances some images such as portrait photography and impressionist landscapes, where an atmospheric effort is desirable.)

Ask your framer to see a sample of the five types of Conservation Series® Glass over your piece and judge it for yourself.

The most important thing to remember when framing your artwork is to consult with your custom framer. The more he or she knows about your project the better they are able to use materials that will ensure your enjoyment for years to come.

What is Conservation Glass?

We've all heard about the dangers of ultraviolet light rays - particularly to organic materials. Exposure to UV light causes organic material to break down. This is visible in the form of fading colors and embrittlement and yellowing of the materials that bear the artwork. These effects, once started, are cumulative and irreversible. The best way to preserve your art is to protect it from exposure to UV light from the outset. For starters, don't hang your art in direct sunlight or light it with fluorescent light. Ask your framer to use Conservation Quality Glass, such as Tru Vue® Conservation Reflection Control®.

Conservation Series® Glass effectively blocks 97% of the dangerous UV light - protecting your artwork without affecting the visible light spectrum so your colors show true as nicely in a year as they do the first day you frame them. 

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