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Conservation Framing

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At Colibri Art and Framing, we believe that valuable artwork should be treated differently than decor. We define valuable artwork as anything that has sentimental, historic, or monetary value. Our team is experienced and qualified to handle your most valuable and delicate projects using proven conservation framing techniques.

Conservation framing consists of preservation focused mounting methods, paired with archival materials, to keep your fine art, historical documents, and other valuable works in top condition for a lifetime. These methods and materials protect your artwork from its greatest enemies, such as UV damage, acid corrosion, temperature and humidity changes, as well as damage from improper or excessive handling. 

 

Damage Control

We practice a variety of archival mounting techniques including, adhesive-free tension mounting, mulberry paper hinges paired with rice starch paste, and formed-rod mounts for objects to ensure that no permanent adhesive comes into contact with your artwork. These techniques allow for your artwork to hang freely so that it may safely expand and contract, as the weather changes, without causing buckling or wrinkling.

UV Protection

To combat harmful UV rays caused by indoor and outdoor lighting, we use 99% UV coated glass and/or acrylic, and recommend hanging your artwork in a location away from direct sunlight. 

*Bonus tip, you can assess the light intensity of your chosen location by holding up your hand between the main source of light and the wall. If your hand casts a strong shadow, it is direct lighting, if it casts a soft shadow, it is bright indirect lighting. We recommend that artwork never be displayed in direct UV lighting and any artwork exposed to bright indirect lighting should be rotated seasonally to extend its lifespan. 

Acid Protection

Acid-free, PH-neutral, cotton rag mats are the perfect solution to enhance and protect your artwork for as long as possible, without the acidic off-gassing that comes with lower quality paper mats. 

For delicate mediums like pastel, we use non-percussive framing procedures which eliminates any impact that may disturb the fine layers that make the artwork so beautiful.

 

When you choose conservation framing with us, you allow your valuable treasures to be seen in a beautiful way while keeping them safe, protected, and preserved.

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