Plexiglass is more expensive than glass, and is susceptible to scratching, however it offers some tremendous advantages. Plexiglass will not break during shipping or an accidental fall. It is also much lighter weight than glass, which can be a factor in larger pieces. Most framers do not handle glass over 40” x 60” for safety reasons. Most high-end galleries use plexiglass exclusively because it eliminates the problem of breakage. When glass breaks, it typically scratches the artwork. Plexiglass is also available in non-glare, and with additional UV filtering. It should be noted that standard plexiglass filters 50% to 60% of UV rays.
Museum glass filters out 97% of UV rays, but also it eliminates much of the reflection. It is even clearer than regular glass. This truly amazing glass is worth the higher price for the right piece of art.
Both non-glare and UV filtering.
This is an etched glass which takes away much of the glare. It is only suitable in situations where the glass will be close to the art. It would not be suitable for shadow box framing, as the glass loses clarity as the distance from the art increases.
Looks the same as regular glass, but filters out 97% of UV rays.
Regular glass protects art from dirt, dust, and physical abuse. It also filters out 45% of UV rays. (UV is responsible for fading).
Posters generally get framed with glass, but glare can often be a problem. We can put a coating on the print to texturize it and protect it, thus eliminating the need for glass. We brush-stroke the material on in such a way to make the piece look more like a painting. This treatment is only used in art of decorative value only.
Shadow boxes are used for three dimensional art or objects. A shadow box frame creates a space between the glass and the backing. Typical items that require shadow box framing are:
- Sports jerseys
- Collectible objects
- Dimensional art on paper
- Layered art
- Any other three dimensional item
Most frames have a lip, which covers about 1/8” of the art in order to hold the it in place. A floater frame creates a small space between the art and the frame so the art appears to be “floating” in the frame. Floater frames are typically very simple in design and lend themselves to contemporary art. Floater frame cannot be used in art requiring glass.
Art on canvas generally gets stretched before framing. Stretching involves tautly pulling the canvas around a wooden frame and stapling it all the way around. The art is then ready for framing. Gallery wrap is used when the art is to be floated (discussed below) or hung without a frame. Gallery wrap involves using thick stretcher bars and wrapping the canvas around the back, where it is stapled (with regular stretching the staples are on the side, but it does not show due to the frame).
The heavy bars and the crisp sides make for a finished presentation, however, in order to do gallery wrapping there needs to be enough extra canvas. Sometimes the art is created in such a way to allow the image to be wrapped around the sides. Some art lends itself to this presentation, and others require a frame.