What is Conservation Glass?
We've all heard about the dangers of ultraviolet light rays — particularly to organic materials. Exposure to UV light causes organic material to break down. This is visible in the form of fading colors and embrittlement and yellowing of the materials that bear the artwork. These effects, once started, are cumulative and irreversible. The best way to preserve your art is to protect it from exposure to UV light from the outset. For starters, don't hang your art in direct sunlight or light it with fluorescent light. Ask your framer to use Conservation Quality Glass, such as Tru Vue® Conservation Reflection Control®. Conservation Series® Glass effectively blocks 97% of the dangerous UV light — protecting your artwork without affecting the visible light spectrum so your colors show true as nicely in a year as they do the first day you frame them.
What are you really buying when you use the services of a custom framer?
Talent, yes, and the knowledge and ability to select the proper framing materials for your particular project. This means helping you choose the right colors, the right frame style, and most importantly, the right materials to protect your art, photo, or memorabilia. There's the matboard, the frame, the backing board, and the mounting materials to consider. And of course, the glass. And glass is glass, right? Wrong. All glass is not created equal. In order to preserve, protect and get the most out of your artwork, you have some choices to make. And with a little knowledge, those choices will be very easy.
What determines the glass I should use?
Your custom framer should help you select the right glass for your project. The very fact that you are having this item framed denotes its value to you. The best choice for any framed item is to use glass featuring TruGuard® UV Protection.
What other glass choices do I have?
Tru Vue® offers five types of glass available with TruGuard® UV Protection. All five types block 97% of harmful UV light rays.
Essential for conservation framing
Trueness-to-color with clarity
CONSERVATION REFLECTION CONTROL®
Single-sided etched non-glare
CONSERVATION PERFECT VUE
Proprietary technology improves transmission and clarity
Anti-reflective technology with UV blocking properties Perhaps you have a very bright room in which you will display your artwork, or you intend to hang the piece opposite a window or lamp. Anytime you think reflection may become a distraction from the enjoyment of your artwork, you may want to ask for Conservation Reflection Control®.
Many framers are conditioned against using reflection control glass. This is the result of the poor quality glass that has traditionally been available. These low-tech "non-glare" glasses have a highly frosted appearance because they are etched on both sides. The resulting fuzziness and distortion made for many dissatisfied framing customers, which soured framers on the idea of reflection control.
Tru Vue® Conservation Reflection Control glass employs etching on only one side, eliminating the reflection problem with only a subtle softening of clarity. (This "soft focus" actually enhances some images such as portrait photography and impressionist landscapes, where an atmospheric effort is desirable.)
Ask your framer to see a sample of the five types of Conservation Series® Glass over your piece and judge it for yourself.
The most important thing to remember when framing your artwork is to consult with your custom framer. The more he or she knows about your project, the better they are able to use materials that will ensure your enjoyment for years to come.
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