Glass, or glazing, is a very important element to the frame package, as it is the barrier that protects the visible parts of your artwork. All glass is not created equal, however, and for maximum protection, care must be taken to choose the correct glazing.
UV-filtering glass has an invisible coating on the inside of the glass which blocks about 98% of harmful ultraviolet rays, as compared to the 50% blocked by regular glass. Most people, when they hear the term “UV rays,” automatically think of sunlight; however, there are still UV rays present in our indoor lighting as well. As we become more energy conscious, and begin switching over to more fluorescent lighting, this becomes more of a concern, as there is a higher concentration of these harmful rays than in incandescent lighting. UV-filtering glass, however, is not an absolute. Just as you can still get sunburned at the beach with sunscreen, art protected by UV-filtering glazing can still fade if hung in direct sunlight or harsh lighting. Care should be taken when hanging the art so its exposure to harsh lighting is minimized.
Matting styles depend on two things: personal preference and media your artwork is created with. The mat serves multiple purposes, both aesthetically and functionally; it provides strength to the frame package, adding structure that allows the art to be protected from the elements. With the right matting and frame, the framing package can become a work of art in and of itself. Large matting is beautiful, end of story, but there are several ways to create that beautiful large, matted look!
As with matting, the frame serves multiple purposes as well, both aesthetically and functionally. The right frame provides strength to the frame package, adding structure that allows the art to be protected from the environment. A multitude of styles, colors, textures, and sizes are available in frame choices today, so your art can be framed to match virtually any décor. Bamboo-style mouldings can be used to great effect on Asian-inspired art, while olive wood veneers can be used to compliment that painting purchased in Italy. To complement today’s furniture finishes, mouldings are available in a wide variety of natural woods, from oak to walnut to natural cherry. Frame styles can even be combined, stacking one style with another, to create fresh, new looks that would be virtually impossible to find in a mass-produced frame. The sky’s the limit!