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As Photos Age

Have you ever noticed how old photographs start to fade and bubble with age?

 
Before we knew the importance of UV protective glazing framers would use regular old glass to enclose the framing package. Now we understand the importance of UV protective glass and how it helps to save photographs for the years to come.
Photo prints, slides, and negatives used to be made using chemicals/chemical dyes. These dyes are sensitive to the environment like UV light, moisture, and temperature changes. As time moves on these chemicals also degrade and the image fades away, often also forming cracks from dust, oil, dirt and gases which ultimately lead to photo deterioration.
 
The bubbling on the photograph is often the result of the glass being placed directly on the image itself. A mat border to give the image some breathing room and help keep the image away from the glass. However, sometimes an image is powerful enough on its on that it does not need an extra border. This is were spacers come in.
 
Spacers, like the name suggests, provide space in the framing package. Even when the materials are acid-free, there is still off gassing that occurs as the package ages. When the art is directly against the glass this does not allow for the gas from the package to settle anywhere. If the image is pressed against the glass this will cause a slight ghosting to appear on the glass. Moisture is also an issue when artwork or photographs are placed directly against the glass. As humidity levels change in the atmosphere, they also do so in the framing package. Over time increased and decreased humidity changes cause the image to adhere to the glass itself making.
 
Fading and bubbling on your old art and photographs may seem daunting; however, thanks to modern technology we are often able to digitally retouch and reprint those old photographs that we would not be able to replicate in the past. With the use of the new innovations in the framing industry, it would be unlikely to have a newer framed piece without spacers or UV glass and your newly retouched and reprinted photos should be able to last a whole lot longer!
If this happens to your photos do not despair. We even do restoration work on photos in the shop!
Next time your photos start to fade bring them to us or email them to: sales@silverleafcustomframing.com
By | 2017-04-26T23:21:09+00:00 April 26th, 2017|PIcture Framing|Comments Off on As Photos Age

Prisma Frames

Spring Time is here and so is the Spring Prisma Sale! Come to our shop in April for $5 off any Prisma Ready Made Frame. Don’t live near Boulder? You can use the coupon code to get $5 off your Prisma Order by typing in Spring5 during checkout for the online SHOP.

Part art and part science, Prisma Frames combine engineering ingenuity with a passion for great picture frame design. Bella Moulding, the parent company to Prisma, is proud to offer designs that spill outside the limits of traditional picture framing. Bella Moulding is a national distributor of distinctly creative and beautiful picture frame moulding. The addition of Prisma Frames to our collection expands our mission to offer “Fun Designs for Serious Framers”. Filling a unique niche for extraordinary framing, Prisma Frames are highly sought after in galleries and frame shops from coast to coast. Prisma Frames find a home in any residential or commercial design-driven environment. Seamless frames as original as your designs. Design your own Prisma. The choice is yours.

By | 2017-04-28T09:15:06+00:00 April 1st, 2017|PIcture Framing|Comments Off on Prisma Frames