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.
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 so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.