What is conservation framing?

Conservation framing means that your framer will use only high-quality materials designed to protect paper artwork and special techniques above and beyond ordinary framing to help preserve the artwork. In conservation framing, no materials or techniques are used that cannot be reversed, leaving the art undamaged and in its original state.

[break]What should be conservation framed?

*Original artwork
*Valuable collector prints
*Treasured family photographs
*Photographs and/or documents with historical value
*Important family documents and mementos

It is up to you to make the final decision about conservation framing. There is no arbitrary figure or value that magically means your item should be framed this way. As a general rule any original art or any item of either sentimental or historic value should be protected.

Painting-1[break]Dos and Don’ts for conservation framing.

*Use the recommended methods and materials for conservation framing. These include using acid-free buffered or 100% rag mats and backboards and Japanese paper hinges.

*Separate the artwork from the glass with mat board, do not let the artwork touch the glass. Artwork that comes into contact with the glass can transfer to the glass, leaving a ghostly “mirror image” on the glass, especially pastels and charcoals.

*Your artwork should not be mounted permanently by heat, glue or any other mounting method

*Your framer should not cut down the picture to fit a frame you already have.


Only Quality Materials are used at The Gilded Corner

Matboards -All the matboards used at the Gilded Corner are acid free. Huge selection of colours and textures (denims, suedes, linens)

Mouldings -Wood, shadow box, floaters, rustic, traditional, classic, bright and modern.
Metal – newest selection of bright colours.

Glass – non-glare, UV, museum and regular framers glass [break][break]

The Gilded Corner welcomes old windows and antique frames,glass and matting can be installed into these older pieces to create beautiful art work.

[break][break]What is Encapsulation?

EncapsulationEncapsulation is a process to preserve old newspapers, vintage sheet music or any aging paper art. The piece is enclosed within 2 sheets of acid free polyester film (mylar). The static keeps the piece in place between the 2 sheets so it can be easily framed with no tapes or glues.