PRESERVATION & RESTORATION
The methods and materials we utilize during the framing process are designed to preserve and protect your artwork for generations to come. However, we often see artwork that was improperly framed with acidic materials and/or inappropriate mounting methods which can cause irreversible damage -- especially to artworks on paper.
We conserve and restore hand-colored etchings, certificates, maps, posters, watercolors, pastels, contemporary lithographs and serigraphs, antique photographs, convex ovals and oil paintings.
We offer evaluations and estimates at no cost to you. If you choose to proceed with conservation work, you can be assured that it will be performed by experienced and exceptional conservators.
Look for these signs of artworks on paper in need of conservation:
Archival Framing: In framing, the materials that come in contact with your art are of the greatest importance. Using non-archival materials or inappropriate mounting methods can result in unnecessary damage and possible decrease in the value of your artwork. Reversibility of framing is essential in what we do … our process is all about creating the best long-term environment for your treasured keepsakes.
Museum-Quality Mat Boards: Our mat board of choice is rag or alpha-cellulose. Accent Studio recommends the use of archival-quality mat boards. Materials used at Conservation Framing Services—such as museum quality rag mat boards in a variety of widths and natural tones—are designed to protect and preserve your artwork. They are not only acid free but are designed to absorb acid from the art as well as the environment. Photographic work, for example, requires a specially treated museum board, formulated specifically for its photochemical make-up.
Backing Boards: To help insure longevity of your artwork, we use Bainbridge® Artcare™ Archival Foam Board because it features MicroChamber® technology which absorbs and neutralizes harmful gases before they damage your art. Its neutral pH surface features an opaque, lightly textured acid-free surface paper that helps to eliminates show-through and features a soft white color that is suitable for floating applications.
Hinging Methods: As with the selection of matting and frames, hinging must be tailored to the artwork. Hinging is the process of attaching works on paper to a backing board. Depending on the weight of the paper, an appropriate hinge is chosen that will support the piece without restricting its natural movement. All hinges are made from acid-free Japanese papers utilizing adhesives that are also acid-free and completely reversible.
Glazing Choices: Glazing refers to the use of either glass or plexiglass as a barrier between your art and the surrounding atmosphere. TruVue Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry. Over time exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer.
We also offer additional glazing choices including TruVue Museum Glass®, an anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection. Museum Glass is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays.
Our award-winning custom framing department offers a full range of services to preserve your artwork for generations to come. We offer a huge selection of wood and metal mouldings we well as archival matting and conservation glass. We also offer restoration services for works on paper, canvas, board and photographs.
In addition to our custom framing department, we also carry a selection of archival-quality ready made frames … perfect for budget-minded collectors. Custom mats can be cut for ready-mades making them versatile as well as cost-effective.
At Accent Studio, our primary concern is to ensure the long-term preservation and protection of your artwork. Over the years, our staff has handled a wide variety of art made from a vast array of materials. It is our belief that every piece of art requires individual consideration to determine the best frame, matting and mounting choice.