Glass is an Important Aspect of Custom Art Framing

The glass may be one of the more underrated aspects of the custom art framing experience. To the average customer, the glass serves no purpose other than to keep sticky fingers off of their framed photo, artifact or artwork.

But the truth is the glass is a key element of framing fine art and one that does more than just keep the art underneath from getting fingerprints. It can prolong the life of the artwork and keep harmful dust and sunlight from dulling and ultimately destroying the art. And, yes, it can protect it from fingers, which contain harmful oils that can also destroy the artwork or photograph before its time.

Benefits of Glass as a Framing Element

Glass as a framing element has a number of benefits in the process. It is a relatively inexpensive framing option when compared to other covers such as acrylics. And unlike an acrylic cover, glass does not scratch as easily so the beauty of the artwork will not be interrupted by a scratch or blemish.

Glass also possesses a low static charge, which means it won’t attract dust like acrylics. The less dust that is in proximity to your artwork, the less chance it will get underneath the cover and begin to harm your artwork.

A glass frame cover can also be treated with a special ultraviolet (UV) coating that will deflect those rays from sunlight away from the artwork underneath. UV rays can damage a work of art and cause it to fade, discolor or warp. By using glass treated with this special coating, you can keep your artwork looking new and vibrant.

Finally, glass is easily cleaned and does not fade or become murky the way that an acrylic cover can. And while glass can break, it can be easily replaced with very little expense.

That is not to say that there are some downsides to using glass as a framing element. Glass is heavier than acrylic coverings so this will have to be taken into consideration when ordering the glass and when mounting the artwork on a wall. As mentioned earlier, glass can break easily so care has to be taken where the artwork is hung and how it is cleaned. And if you are an art purist who wants the best display of their artwork, you should know that glass is not considered “optically pure”, meaning that it can appear to have a slight green tint. In the case of UV-coated glass, it may have a yellowish tint. Either one of these can slightly alter the appearance of the painting underneath.

Still, glass can be the clear choice when considering framing fine art. Make note of the size of your painting or other artwork, the size of the frame, where the artwork will eventually hang, if it will be moved around from time to time, how it will be cleaned and by whom and the value of the artwork underneath. Use these factors when deciding the type of frame you will need to display your prized work of art.

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