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Will putting an oil painting under glass cause damage?

As long as the Painting isn’t recently painted, within 6-12 months, then there isn’t a general consensus and the answer is: It depends. The reason for the delay after the painting is finished is that ...
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Preserving paper stickers long term

The greatest culprit of the fading of printed colour is UV light. This process is called photo-degradation. You can protect your images by framing them using conservation glass or UV filtering ...
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Framing A3 Print

I worked in a frame shop for several years and there are a few different ways to go about it, but some general guidelines... You don't want prints to be touching the glass. You should either mat ...
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How much frame overlap will there be on my painting?

There are many types of frames for paintings. It's true for the classical painting frame that it overlaps, and I don't think it will increase as the size of the painting increases. With mats you face ...
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Framing A3 Print

You might want to laminate your sheets before framing them. This basically means encasing them in a very thin layer of transparent plastic film, which protects the paper from damage without reducing ...
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How to frame a cross-stitch?

I don't recommend leaving your cross stitched projects sandwiched between glass. This compresses/flattens the stitches which can make them look odd. Taking the piece to a reputable framing shop is ...
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Cheap alternative to glass?

Glassine is used for protecting drawings, prints, etc while shipping or storing them, and not for displaying them. The proper way to permanently frame and display your artwork would be the one ...
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Cheap alternative to glass?

Soft pastel is literally the most difficult "painterly" media to protect. Generally speaking, the appropriate way to protect pastels is with a so-called shadow box, where the paper or board is floated ...
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How would I flatten a watercolour mounted on mat board?

So, first, I would probably take it to a professional restoration if there was no way I was willing to risk the painting. Likely to be expensive, though, but the safest approach. If you want to try ...
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Will putting an oil painting under glass cause damage?

Believe it or not, oil paintings actually take years to fully dry. It is a good idea to avoid glass on an oil painting the first few years of it's life for that reason. Beyond that, it's perfectly ...
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How can I create a custom lamp shade frame?

What materials you use depends on the design of the lamp shade you want to make – is it a hanging ceiling lamp, a desk lamp, etc. How sturdy the frame needs to be depends on what material it is ...
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Hang canvas without a frame

You don't need an outer frame. Here is a way to go about it:
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Alternative to self-adhesive corner 'bumpers' for the back of paintings & framed works?

I cut 'dots' [or squares, or bits of scrap of any shape] from 100% wool felt and glue it down with whatever "crazy glue" kind of epoxy I have at hand. None have come off in 30+ years of hanging art &...
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Why choose a thick or thin frame for displaying artwork?

There is a purpose, but it is almost exclusively aesthetical. Just like the material and colour of a frame, the width of the frame and that of the passepartout (or mat) have a huge visual impact on ...
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What is this style of picture frame called?

Context The silhouettes were inexpensive novelty items mainly sold at gift and novelty shops or given away as advertising promotions. They needed something as a frame so people wouldn't cut their ...
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Cheap alternative to glass?

I'm not sure in what way you want to protect your art with plastic. If you want to package it so it can be seen and sold, you can get crystal-clear bags from clearbags.com. I've purchased from them ...
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Passe-partout guide

Keep in mind that those are general design choices, and that the purpose of a passepartout is to make your artwork stand out: if that means the borders of your passepartout are extremely small or ...
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How can I create a custom lamp shade frame?

Some craft shops sell the hoops and the special lamp fittings 'hoop with fitting holder' in a wide range of sizes and shapes. I got them from a small independent craft shop where I live ( the ...
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How can I create a custom lamp shade frame?

What I do is take old lamp shades apart if there is two layers. A layer of thick like poster board sometimes is on bottom. You can always leave it or you can create a new one with poster board. I ...
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How to frame a cross-stitch?

If you take it to a frame shop, they'll basically do what Catija has posted. However, there are two things I would like to add. The first being that it's not a good idea to just tack it to the board,...
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Plastic/Glass for a very large, custom frame

A clear Mylar sheet could work. Clear, moisture resistant, acid free and archival. And available in the size and price range you are looking for. Here's an example available on Amazon https://www....
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Framing A3 Print

Personally, for prints, I'd recommend clip frames. They look neat, don't draw attention away from the piece, they are easy to use (you can easily do the framing yourself), easy to clean/maintain, and ...
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