All artworks of value should have mounts or spacers to keep the glass from touching the surface of the works. This is fundamental as moisture will eventually condense where there is no air gap, leading to mildew and mould.
There are three mounting options, dry mounting, window mounting or float mounting to choose from before selecting your frame style.
Dry / Card Mounting (Permanent)
This involves pressure sensitive techniques to attach artworks to adhesive boards keeping the pieces flat and warp free for the duration of their frame life. The rigid artworks can then be inserted straight into frames or window mounted. Recommended for photographs, posters, or artworks of little value.
Window Mounting (Conservational)
Also referred to as matting, or passe-partout. The window mount serves two purposes: first, to prevent the image from touching the glass, and also to frame the image and enhance its visual appeal. We have a fantastic range of coloured & textured mount boards to choose from. Art works are safely hinged using acid free tape / linen hinging tape / Japanese paper & wheat paste or plastic conservational corners. Suitable for all paper and photographs.
Float Mounting (Conservational)
Float mounting a print or original piece of art is a way to showcase the piece as a whole. For example, you may have a print with feathered edges that you would like to expose fully. You have the option of a flush float mount where the artwork is mounted directly onto the mount board or a raised float mount where you achieve a floating presentation. The glass is kept away from the artwork using spacer fillets. Conservational methods and materials are used for all float mounted frames unless specified. Recommended for fine art prints. This method requires the most time as delicate techniques are used.
No Mounting (Straight Framing)
This is the quickest and most affordable method and involves placing the artwork directly into the frame, leaving it pressed between the glass and backing board. Artworks larger than A4 on light paper may need to be dry/card mounted before straight framing for best results.
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