Glazing - Glass and Acrylic

We stock a range of glazing suitable for fine art and custom framing. There are many factors to be considered when selecting  a glazing for a frame. Discussions of glazing for an important part of our consultation process. Glazing is offered as part of a framing package or retrofitting existing frames, we do not supply it on its own.

 

Framing Glass

 

Clear Float Glass 2mm

An economical picture framing grade glass, clear and free from defects. Only 50-60% of UV light is filtered making it suitable for general use with work know to be lightfast. Available in sizes up to 1200 x 1500mm

 

NON REFLECTIVE ETCHED GLASS

This glass has been around for many years and for a long time was the only practical option for reducing reflection. The reduced reflection is achieved through diffusing the light by etching the surface of the glass. Unfortunatley a byproduct is a reduction in clarity which we find unsatisfactory in most cases. 

 

UV GLASS - CONSERVATION CLEAR

A clear glass which provides 99% protection against UV light. UV light is present in sunlight from windows as well as fluorescent and halogen lights commonly found inside. This is the minimum level of protection used for conservation grade framing. UV glazing also protects other elements within the frame ensuring mount boards and other materials remain in good condition for as long as possible.  Available in sizes up to 1000 x 1500mm. Suitable for conservation archival grade framing.

 

water white anti reflective glass 2mm

A clear glass with anti reflective coating that minimises reflections without altering the clarity of the work. The water white nature of the glass reduces colour tints often associated with glass. Especially suited to dark images where reflections can overwhelm the work. Our most economical anti reflective glazing option. Available in sizes up to 1200 x 1600mm. Suitable for use with lightfast media.

 

museum grade anti reflective glass

A premium glazing with similar properties and appearance to the anti reflective glass with an added 99% UV filtering. Works with dark tones and those that will be installed bright areas benefit from this glazing. Available in sizes up to 1220mm x 1720mm. Suitable for conservation archival grade framing.


Framing Acrylic

 

Acrylic Glazing 3mm and 4mm

Cast Acrylic is an alernative to glass with a similar clarity offering benefits of being both lightweight and shatterproof. Acrylic therefore provides a safe option for oversized frames and frames that will be hung areas with safety concerns such as public areas. Frames that need be frequently relocated or shifted can benefit from the safety of acrylic glazing. The shatter resistant properties of acrylic offer extra protection for framed items, reducing the likelihood of damage when glazing breakage occurs. 

Disadvantages of Acrylic include it's vulnerability to scratching, a static charge rendering it unsuitable for framing of charcoal. pastels and other friable and brittle items. We use specialised ion charged air blowers to reduce the static charge build up when fitting frames. Acrylic is also generally more expensive that regular glass. Available in sizes up to 2000mm x 3000mm. Suitable for use with lightfast media. 

 

Gallery UV Acrylic 3mm

Similar in properties to the above with added UV light filtering properties this glazing is often specific for exhibition and fine art photographic framing. Available in sizes up to 1200 x 2400mm. Suitable for archival conservation grade framing.

 

optium museum grade anti reflective acrylic 

A truly premium picture framing glazing, used in museums and art galleries around the world. This product has all the advantages of both museum glass and regular acrylic glazing. Optically coated for near invisibility and 99% UV protection it has none of the disadvantages commonly experienced with acrylic. Its antistatic properties make it ideally suited to framing of charcoal and pastel artworks, brittle documents and works on delicate papers. It is also extremely durable and scratch resistant when compared to other acrylic glazing. Cost of course is the only disadvantage. Available in sizes up to 1800 x 3000mm, Especially suitable for Archival Conservation Grade Framing.