How should I have my limited edition print framed?
What is a Limited Edition Print
A limited edition print refers to a limited number of copies of an images that are reproduced in a print run. The copies are signed and numbered by the artist. This is done either on the face of the print or on the clear selvage surround. Canvas prints are frequently signed on the reverse.
Print runs vary in number and when sold out no additional copies are made.
Choosing your framer
Your framer should be able to demonstrate that they are familiar with conservation framing techniques. Conservation framing of your limited edition print will ensure that its potential value and condition is preserved for many years.
We recommend you use a framer who is a member of the Picture Framers Guild of Australia. Your closest Guild member can be found by visiting the Guild's site at www.pfga.org.au. If you are in Adelaide South Australia, Art Domain can provide a comprehensive framing service. We are located at 312 Greenhill Road, Glenside SA 5065.
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Mounting the Print
Hinge the print to the under-mount using archival materials. It is not recommended that the print be permanently mounted down.
Matboards (also called a "mount", "mat", or "Paspartu"), apart from providing decorative enhancements to the framed presentation, provide a mechanism to prevent the print from touching the glass. We recommend that only rag conservation or equivalent archival matboards be used.
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Use glass (or acrylic) with a Ultra Violet (UV) filter.
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Foam core board or similar. Fibre board should not be used.
The use of Conservation Materials
Exposure to ambient Ultra Violet light is the most common cause of both colour fading and the breaking down of the chemical bonds within paper, and other materials. This is largely due to the fact that lignin, a natural product found in paper made for wood pulp, will turn acidic and accelerate the deterioration. Have you seen old newspaper turn brown and brittle? This is the affect of lignin turning acidic. If exposed materials are made of premium Acid Free (AF) materials the effects of UV will be reduced. Heat and moisture will also contribute to deterioration. Appropriate hanging and storage procedures will reduce or retard the detrimental affects of ambient conditions.
We recommend Rag-board (100% cotton) or equivalent conservation mat-board when framing limited edition prints and artworks on paper. It should be noted that regular buffered acid free mat-board will offer only limited or short term protection from UV deterioration when compared to Rag-board. In addition the use of glass or acrylic that has a UV filter is also recommended.
For more comprehensive information on conservation framing visit the Picture Framers Guild of Australia Inc. web site at www.pfga.org.au and read the information for Framing Category 4 - Conservation
Hanging Your Item
When hanging framed items particularly valuable artwork or items having a high sentimental value the following points on hanging location should be considered.
Always hang on an inside wall (as opposed to a wall forming the exterior of a building)
Never hang opposite a window
Never hang next to a window
Never hang on a chimney breast
Never hang in any situation where UV light and humidity conditions are variable.
Storaging Your Item
If the art is to be stored and not hung the following issues should be considered.
Never store in the roof space or a cellar (heat and damp can be a problem)
Never store in a shed where extreme temperature fluctuations will occur.
Preferably store wrapped and upright. All artwork should be stored right side up so there is no pressure on hinges or other reversible mounting techniques.