These hands can tell the story of artwork a thousand times over. The taping of the fingers. The calluses. Dry skin, cuts and blisters. All a tell tale signs of a detailed framer. One that knows that your artwork is precious, whether it be a commissioned piece, or a printed card that spoke to you. A precious gift. Artwork is in the eyes of the beholder. No rules. No standards. A good framer knows this.
If you have a piece that you would like to showcase on your wall; a piece that you would like to display and look longingly at day in and day out, (and let’s face it, those pieces really do exist), then special care is in need, with protection that the colors don’t fade in the lights of day; sun and light bulbs included.
I hold my framer close to my heart. Kind of like my hairdresser. They surreptitiously profile your likes, your being, your tastes just by the artwork that you bring in to be framed. They listen to the story behind the piece.
And they get it.
With that, then it’s not without question that they recommend a UV glass to protect your art. It’s this UV glass that blocks the harmful effects of the light that fades the colors of the masterpiece.
Of course we would spend the extra few dollars (and yes, it really is only a few) to keep the vibrancy of the art.
Custom framing doesn’t come cheap. And when I say cheap, I mean inexpensive. There’s store-bought, prebuilt frames out there that are beautiful and absolutely fitting for your artwork. Just the same, by saving money on the frame shouldn’t come at a cost of fading the picture. Head to your framer just to cut a piece of UV glass to fit in that pre-made frame. Or, if you find a frame that is too large, a chop saw can customize the size in a snap. Literally. Then, have the UV glass cut to size. All in the effort to prolong the life of your precious piece.
The colors of this card; the farm; the made up journey my mind takes me on when I take a moment to study it. Knowing, that I had UV glass cut to preserve the vibrancy of the paint. Well, the word that comes to my mind is treasured.
Goes to prove, that even if you have something that cost a lesser dollar, but invaluable by the heart standard, UV glass is the best insurance policy.