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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Messing with the Library of Congress

Just the other day, I had a sales rep from a prominent moulding and matting manufacturer pay me a sales visit. Knowing that I only trust 100% cotton rag products, she tried to make the case for wood pulp Alpha® mats. These are mats that have been chemically treated in order to reduce acids and Read the full article…

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Why you should frame your diploma properly

Framing a college diploma should be preserved for many years of enjoyment. After many thousands of dollars, many hours of effort and the years it took to achieve that sheet of paper (or vellum), your diploma should receive the utmost in protection to keep it fresh for many years to come. If you are going Read the full article…

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People’s needs in framing may be different, but their treatment should be the same

Since our founding in 1989, Museum Framing has developed a following of collectors, museums and dealers in properly preserving, protecting and displaying their important documents, artwork and artifacts. Being a collector myself, I am always concerned that the item framed, being a simple college diploma or a rare antique manuscript gets the same treatment. One Read the full article…

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50% Off Framing! Really?

How many times have you seen ads and promotions stating 50% off, 60% off, or just recently from a big arts and crafts chain 50% off + an additional 20% off sale! I am waiting for the 99% off sale, or better yet, 110% off. This one is probably where they pay you 10% to Read the full article…

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Proper techniques Museum Framing uses for mounting Artwork, Diplomas, Photographs, etc.

Framing of Antique PrintMuseum Framing has been specializing in framing antique works of art on paper and important artifacts for many years, thus we are very familiar in knowing the most suitable types of mounting and framing techniques. The following is a brief summary of some of the applications we use. Obviously, each item has Read the full article…

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What is “Museum Quality” Framing?

For many years, “museum quality” has meant something made with high quality materials or techniques. Basically, a cut above the rest. The term meant a level of protection or preservation used in the framing process. Unfortunately, many framing jobs labeled as museum quality, fall short Recently, a customer called me to inspect a framed antique Read the full article…

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Acid Free mats damage artwork, diplomas, etc. due to their chemical makeup

stained diplomaOver the years, I have stressed the damage “acid free” mats can do to your artwork, diplomas, historical memorabilia, etc. over a period of time. You may wonder why they are called “Acid Free”. I wonder as well. Actually, without going into Einstein discussions here, simply put, these mats are made of wood pulp Read the full article…

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Mega Arts and Crafts Stores

We all see them in strip shopping centers. They take up probably 1/3 or more of the shopping center landscape. We have mega hardware stores, mega drugstores, even mega “everything” stores. In most cases, one can get a pretty good deal at these stores. However, I think the mega idea can actually work to a Read the full article…

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Framing Vellum or Animal Skin

Vellum, also known in general circles as parchment, is animal skin that has been used for years for writing or printing due to its durability and longevity. Vellum in Latin, is vitulinum meaning “made from calf”, hence calfskin. Manufacturing and preparing vellum is a lengthy tedious process which involves splitting from the animal, washing and Read the full article…

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Acid free mats vs. Museum Grade mats

100% Cotton RagWe have all heard the term “acid free” regarding the quality of mat boards used in framing. This term is used frequently in framing circles when it refers to the quality of mats to protect his/her artwork. These mats are supposed to protect artwork, diplomas, and other items of importance when being framed. Read the full article…

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