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Frame Glazings - Museum Glass

What are the Different Types of Picture Framing Glass?

Museum Glass - Picture Frame Glazing Picture framing glass (“glazing,” “conservation glass,” “museum quality glass”) usually refers to flat glass or acrylic (“plexi”) used for framing artwork and for presenting art objects in a display box (also, “conservation framing”). Source – Wikipedia

When having your artwork framed, there are several choices available when it comes to the type of “glass”, “glazing”, or “facing” that can be used. In this article we are going to take a moment and discuss what choices are available and what benefits each type offers, when it comes to the protection and display properties of your art. Keep in mind, most of these choices are only available for custom framing where conservation or anti-reflective coatings are important to the preservation of your photos or artistic works.

Glazing Choices Available in Our Ready-made Frames Available at FrameUSA.com

Basic Glass – This type of picture frame glazing is the most common in ready-made frames that you will find in retail stores or online. Basic glass protects your art from dust and scratches only. It does not protect your artwork from harmful UV rays or contain any anti-reflective properties.

Styrene – This type of frame facing is popular for it’s light weight,  affordability, and resistance to shattering. Styrene is the most affordable non-glass facing and provides physical protection from dust and scratches. WARNING – Do not use household cleaning chemicals or solutions! Clean only with a soft, damp cloth.

 

Different Types of Picture Framing Glass

 

Glazing Choices Available in Our Custom Framing Location – Cincinnati, OH

Basic Glass – This type of picture frame glazing is the most common in ready-made frames that you will find in retail stores or online. Basic glass protects your art from dust and scratches only. It does not protect your artwork from harmful UV rays or contain any anti-reflective properties.

Styrene – This type of frame facing is popular for it’s light weight,  affordability, and resistance to shattering. Styrene is the most affordable non-glass facing and provides physical protection from dust and scratches. WARNING – Do not use household cleaning chemicals or solutions! Clean only with a soft, damp cloth.

Basic Non-glare Glass – This type of frame glazing provides physical protection from dust and scratches. This type of glass also has a slightly frosted glass to prevent glare and reflections. This glazing does not preotect your art or images  from harmful UV rays.

Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry.  Over time exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer.

Conservation Clear Framing Glass

Technical Info:

  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time.  Tru Vue uses a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating, which is “baked” into the glass substrate producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate

When To Use:

  • Ideal for any framing application, if reflection-free viewing is not important.
  • For protecting art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes against damage and fading caused by UV light.
  • To provide fade protection for posters. The inks, papers and other materials used to create these prints are more likely to deteriorate at a faster pace than higher quality reproductions.

 

 

Conservation Reflection Control® glass enhances the beauty of artwork with a matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare.  Additionally, it effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to help protect art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes from fading and deterioration caused by harmful UV light rays.

Conservation Reflection Control Frame Glazings
 

Technical Info:

  • Matte-like finish to minimize glare and allows 89% light transmission
  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time.  Tru Vue use a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating with a matte-finish, which is “baked” into the glass producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate

When To Use:

  • To minimize glare while protecting art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes against harmful UV light rays
  • Use on any framing project with up to two mats away from piece without significant resolution loss

 

Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes.  Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.

 

Frame Glazings - Museum Glass
Technical Info:

  • Reduces reflection by over 85% (to less than 1% of total light), the lowest possible reflection rating available with UV protection
  • Achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels
  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time.  Tru Vue uses a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating, which is “baked” into the glass producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate

When To Use:

  • For virtually invisible glazing that will enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels of all types of artwork, even posters
  • For protecting valued diplomas or irreplaceable artwork against damage and fading caused by UV light
  • Ideal for framing applications including shadow boxes, multiple mat or deep framing projects

 

If you have any questions about framing or glazing choices available to you, please give us a call at 800.577.5920. A customer service representatives can help you make an informed choice.

If you are looking for wholesale orders with custom glass, laser engraving, or custom mats, please take a moment to fill out our Custom Quote Form.

Thanks!

 

 

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Our Frames In Use – Customer Image Submissions From Facebook

Over the past year, we have had several customers or clients send us images of how they are using our picture frames, poster frames, and shadow boxes. We love seeing these images.

We have seen our frames in use for custom birthday messages and certificates. We have seen our shadow boxes used for three dimensional artworks. We’ve seen our wood frames series and metal frames used for 27 x 40 movie poster collections. We’ve seen alot, but we haven’t seen it all.

Do you use any of our products in your home or business? Are you an artist or photographer using our frames for your finished pieces? We would love to include your pictures in a future post! You can visit us on Facebook and upload them there: https://www.facebook.com/frameusa

We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with next!

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If you are looking for some great frames for your art or photography, be sure to check out the following links:

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Remember, if you need any help with any picture frames, please call 800.577.5920 or click here if you have custom framing needs.

Making A Frame Collage

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Photo Courtesy: Nathan Tribbett

Sometimes your regular, run-of-the-mill frame simply won’t get the job done. While a frame can truly go a long way and be sized to anyone’s palette, the standard is that one frame will support one image. This can be limiting if you have several pictures and only a limited amount of space, or you  have a vast amount of pictures and want to display them instead of leaving them to collect dust in a photo album.

Luckily, there are ways around that (and they make pretty tasteful décor statements too!) You’ll need a pretty decent amount of wall space for hanging your frames, and some idea of a theme for your pictures in general: for example; family photos, personal art or design work, decorative art, posters, etc. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to make some really great design-inspired frame collages for your home.

Frame Collages

  1. Use your creativity and purchase 5-10 small, complementary frames. Place each picture in a small frame. Make sure that each one complements each other based on color, design, profile depth and compositional quality. This may sound more advanced, but it’s mostly based on your personal preference and intuition. More than anything, the frames and images should reflect your home, style choices, personality, and personal tastes. Don’t get too hung up on making the frames “perfect,” or trying to match all of your colors.
  2. Buy one large frame, but use mats to create small openings for your pictures. This is a very popular means of creating a collage for your pictures. Using simple or decorative mats, have a professional framer (or us!) create specific cut-outs for your individual pictures. While we do pre-determine your mat layout, it is something that Frame USA can take into account when you order. When your mats are cut, simply place your photos or artwork into the open spaces in the mat. There are hundreds of combinations as far as color and technique with mats—for example, our sister website, Matdesigners.com, sells literally hundreds of incredibly different and high-quality mats for frames of all sorts.
  3. Using parts from method #1, create a collage of similarly-colored frame shells, creating a collage. If you don’t have a lot of pictures that you want framed, or want to try creating a bold design statement, try using frame shells as part of your wall décor. Frame shells, if you have not heard the term used before, are regular picture frames without the backing, mat, or even an image. They are literally only the outside “shell” of the frame. When used as a standalone decorative art piece, they make a very bold, modern and unique style choice for any home.

As with anything you place in your home, make sure it’s something that works for you. In the end it’s all about finding something that works for you and makes your home a more comfortable environment. Creating a frame collage is simply one of many ways to make an ordinary home extraordinary!

 

 

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Need Frames Fast? Check Out Fast Ship Picture Frames

Our Fast Ship program is designed to get our customers their frames in 24 hours.  We build and stock our most popular wood, metal, poly, poster, shadow box, and barnwood frames.  Along with our Fast Ship program, we offer discounted Overstock picture frames marked down to low – below wholesale – closeout prices.  We currently have available thousands of discounted wood, metal, polystyrene and posterframe picture frames in a variety of popular sizes.

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Order Fast Ship Frames!

Our Fast Ship Program is great for those customers that need their frames quick to meet deadlines or for those of us who do not like to wait.  We are able to help out the artist that has a show coming up only to realize they are a few frames short.  We have customers call at the end of the day asking for a last minute miracle and we deliver.  With our Fast Ship Program we are able to come through in the clutch for our customers and they love it.

Fast Ship Picture Frames We carry a great variety of mouldings in our Fast Ship inventory. We carry everything from very simple mouldings, to the more ornate array of moulding that we offer. By carrying this vast array of different moulding types, we are able to accommodate our customers, which is top priority. Along with the different moulding types, we also carry a large selection of colors. The top color options we offer are; Black, Cherry, Walnut, Gold, Silver, Mahogany, and Honey.

Since we publish our inventory levels live, we do weekly and monthly cycle counts to ensure inventory accuracy. A top priority is ensuring we stock what we are offering.   Picture Frames When we fall below a certain level on any particular item, an order is entered for replenishment.  This internal order is treated like any other order and goes through the same manufacturing process and quality inspection.  Once we complete the order it is shrink wrapped, labeled and put into inventory ready for the needs of our customers.

Also available to our customers is our overstock frames.  These frames typically are overruns or may have slight imperfections but they are a great value for our customers because of their below wholesale price. Our motto is if we wouldn’t hang it on our wall, we won’t send it.  With this program our customers can make requests for particular colors and we try our best to accommodate.  For example a customer can order (50) 8x10’s and request that they all be black.  They can order a variety of frames in various sizes and request they be wood or request that they be MDF.  We are almost always able to accommodate requests because we have 1,000’s of frames in stock to choose from.  The quantity, speed, and accuracy of our abilities to meet customer needs is what sets us apart from the rest.

We strive to create “Raving Fans” and our Fast Ship Program is one of the many ways we reach our goal. We take personal pride in knowing that we are offering a quality product, made in USA.

Frame USA's New Site

Frame USA Launches New and Improved Blog

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Frame USA is always up for a good challenge. With today’s new media tools, companies create a new way of interacting with our customers. Hopefully with our blog, we’ll be able to do that for you! Here you will find all of our latest stories, tips, deals, picture frames and charity initiatives tailored specifically for you. If you have any questions regarding our products, services, charities or more, e-mail the editor.

We look forward to interacting with you, and sincerely hope you enjoy your experience with Frame USA!