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Framing 101 from Tru Vue and FrameSense
If It's Worth Framing, It's Worth Protecting

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 it be commercial or sentimental value - in order to protect them from damage.

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. Specially, 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 fad to a mere shadow of their former glory, but will cause the materials themselves 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 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 of 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.


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