Picture frames are assembled from 3 main components:-
Moulding – the frame itself. Can be made from wood and metal and even sometimes plastic!
Mount (sometimes referred to as ‘mat’) – the ‘border’ cut from special card (mountboard) to add to the look of the artwork.
- standard mount 1.6 mm (acid free & PH neutral) – large number of colours
- conservation mount (acid free & bleed proof) – limited number of colours
- museum mount (100% cotton rag) – very limited colour choice
- double thickness mount card ~ 2mm-3mm – limited colours
Glass – Protects your artwork from the elements. There are numerous types of glass available including but not limited to:
- Standard 2mm float
- non reflective glass (etched)
- anti – reflective glass (treated)
- UV filter glass
- plastic glazing
- museum glass (a combination of UV filter and anti – reflective)
Some types of work, like oil paintings, may not require glazing at all.
The components that make up a picture frame are discussed individually, to give you the information you need to choose the correct frame.
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