31 July 2013
When protecting and preserving fine art, many artists choose to glaze their work to safeguard the surface against dust, insects, knocks and UV light. Anything from children’s prying hands to a sneeze can cause irreparable damage to an artwork, and glazing can offer excellent protection against these hazards. There are a huge variety of glazing options available to artists working today, our framing consultants have pulled together this handy guide to identify the pros and cons of each type:
Pros: Glass is the most cost effective glazing option on the market. The material is flat and scratch resistant (within reason) and is available with a UV filter to safeguard against the damaging effects of both natural and electric light. Glass can also come with a low glare coating to reduce unsightly reflections which can interrupt the viewing experience.
Cons: Glass is heavy, making it unsuitable for the glazing of large-scale works which need to be transported. The material is also breakable, which presents a potential health and safety issue.
Pros: Acrylic is lightweight making it ideal for the glazing of large-scale works which need to be transported. The material is also great value for money and is available with a UV filter to safeguard against the damaging effects of both natural and electric light. Acrylic will not shatter if broken during transportation.
Cons: Perspex is not available in a low glare variety and can be prone to visible expansion over large sizes. The material is not scratch resistant and may therefore show more visible signs of wear as time goes by. Due to holding a static charge, Perspex is not suitable for glazing pastels, charcoals or fine lightweight papers.
Pros: Optium Acrylic is a lightweight material which includes a UV filter to safeguard against the damaging effects of both natural and electric light. The glazing is also low glare and is coated to reduce the risk of abrasion. This safe material will not shatter if broken during transit and is anti-static.
Cons: This excellent quality glazing is more expensive than the above options and is prone to visible expansion over large sizes.
For more information on which glazing type is right for your work, please contact a member of our team.