for November, 2018
Hey everyone! We’re back with more information on the materials we utilize for your picture framing needs! More specifically, today we are going to talk about what’s behind the picture… in other words… the different backings we utilize in the framing process. This posting marks the last in the three part series, but make sure to continue checking the blog and our social media sites often, as we will be sharing some of the projects we have leading up to Christmas, new products and pieces in store, and introducing our new blog series for the New Year!
Here at Kennedy Picture Framing, we utilize two different types of backings – foamcore, and conservation foamcore. By utilizing foamcore as a backing for your cherished pieces, strength is added to the framed work, and your artwork is properly protected. In many older frames, you may come across cardboard… in terms of framing, cardboard is the evil enemy for photos, artwork, diplomas, etc. and is in fact acidic. Over time, the acids released from a piece of cardboard will ‘eat away’ or ‘burn’ your piece, resulting in discolouration and foxing.
So how will you know if your piece needs regular or conservation foamcore? We often recommend ‘upgrading’ to conservation foamcore if your piece is a collectible, valuable, or has a legal association (diplomas, certificates, or degrees). However, although there are different levels of conservation quality available in all materials used, even the most basic framing job at Kennedy Picture Framing is performed without using acidic or destructive materials.
Unsure if your framed pieces (especially older pieces passed down from generation to generation) are properly protected? Feel free to stop by the store and check with one of our knowledgeable and experienced staff members… we are always here to help!
See you soon!
Catherine (the bookkeeper)