Conservation Framing Techniques


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Glazing Choice

Glazing isn't just what you dream about on top of your doughnut, it's also a fancy word for glass. While we can get regular glass, it's not something that we stock. The reason ultimately boils down to longevity. TruVue Glazings are the first choice for conservation minded framers around the globe. Featuring an industry shattering 99% UV protection these glazings outperform the typical conservation standard of 97% protection.

Conservation Corners

At Modern Mitre, we utilize conservation style mounting corners whenever possible. These Polypropylene and Milinex corners have a pressure sensitive adhesive backing that hold your print or document in place. Why use tape on something if you don't absolutely have to. These can easily be hidden under the mat opening. Fully removable if the need to reframe arrises, and won't damage your artwork.


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Glass Spacers

Glass spacers are strips of plastic that separate the glazing from the artwork. In instances where you are top mounting the object on the matboard, we use these to create the air gap needed between the artwork and the glazing. This is essential in allowing the artwork to breath, and limit its exposure to extreme heat and humidity changes that can create condensation inside of the frame. I'm sure that everybody in Alabama has gone to pull a picture out of a table top frame and found that the picture is stuck permanently to the glass. Utilizing these spaces eliminates the thought of that happening to your precious artwork.

pH Neutral Materials

Products like Bainbridge acid free foam board and select lines of mats from our suppliers like Crescent and Bainbridge we can achieve a neutral environment to protect your treasured investment. pH neutrality is extremely important in limiting outgassing buildup which is the culprit behind the foggy appearance on the inside of the glass that you can typically find on older frames. This buildup is generated from acids found in the framing materials and in some cases the artwork itself. Another indication of acidic materials in an older frame is shown by a yellowing inside the core of the matboard which shows up along the beveled edge of the interior cuts.