Think Ahead and Frame for the Holidays!



Document previously framed with "acid free'" matting

Document previously framed with “acid free'” matting

With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas coming up, it is easy to get lost in the excitement and planning of the holidays.

Being in the conservation framing business for over 25 years, I have seen people bring to me important family heirlooms, photos and papers that have been ruined from improper framing.

One case that comes to mind was when I received a call from a woman who wanted to frame an old family letter that meant a lot to her.  I explained my framing techniques and materials I use on all paper items, be it a college diploma or a letter signed by George Washington as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolution.  Both need equal care due to the importance to the owner. The woman with the old family letter decided to take the letter to the arts and crafts store because they had a “holiday sale”.

A year later, she called me. Refreshed my memory about the framing and complained that the writing had faded.  I told her I would like to see the framing and what materials were used in the framing process.  She came in.  I took the framing apart with her here and I realized the arts and crafts store did not use conservation UV filtered glass.  Regular, inexpensive glass will usually have a dark or greenish tint on the edge.  Real high quality 99% filtered glass will have a brownish tint.  She was disappointed because she paid for the glass, but did not receive it.

This holiday, it’s great to frame family memorabilia and memories for yourself or as a gift for a family member. But, don’t rush getting it done.  Once something is harmed through the lack of care in framing, it is either very expensive to fix it or impossible to fix.

These memories were built over the years.  Cherish them to enjoy or for others in your family to enjoy.  But, do it correctly so they don’t fade away!


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Stain from wood pulp mat boards sold by college stores

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