Art Gallery & Bespoke Picture Framers

By The Art Vaults, Mar 24 2017 07:42PM

Glass can act like a mirror, causing glare and distracting viewers from the works of art on display.

There are huge amounts of standard glass and specialist glass on the market and we have pretty much tried everything so I'm going to give you an overview of different glass, from the everyday garden variety all the way up to the big guns.

Now, I'm not going to talk about standard green float glass which is fine for a bottle of Chardonnay but less desirable for framing. We have phased it out in favour of a new glass called white-water float glass. While the name sounds as though you'll be navigating the rapids of the Zambezi, the reality is the clarity of your artwork through the glass will be as crystal clear as the waters of an African lagoon.

White-water float glass is the ideal alternative to ordinary float glass; it is completely colourless and clear, offering outstanding colour reproduction. You still have reflective qualities but the clarity is superior to green float glass.

Diffused glass is acid-etched to give a non-glare, diffused finish. Satin deco diffused glass is etched on one side and is ideal for photographs, especially for those viewed in the harsh light of the Sahel. It isn't suitable for deep box-framing or multi layered mounts over 3mm.

Now we move onto the big guns!

UltraVue AR Reflection-Free - Specialist Invisible Glass

AR Reflection-Free glass comes in two versions, both offering the same clarity as Museum Glass. They both allow over 97% light transmission and reduce reflection to less than 1%. The laminated version has an exceptional 99% UV protection.

Deeply framed artwork, such as multiple-mount and shadowbox presentations, require reflection-free viewing. Tru Vue meets this need using a proprietary manufacturing process called magnetron sputtering (which sounds like something used on the Sputnik launches) to create UltravVue AR Reflection-Free framing glass. This advanced technology deposits precisely controlled layers of highly energized metal oxides onto an extra clear lower iron substrate. The result is consistent, durable quality and the most attractive display for artwork.

Let me break it down for you...

Provides the highest brightness and contrast levels available

Eliminates product waste and reduces cutting time by utilizing an edge to edge coating

Optimal clarity for true colour transmission

Reflection-free viewing

70% UV protection

Laminated version has 99% UV protection

Museum Glass - Specialist Invisible Glass

Museum Glass anti-reflection picture framing 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 indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.

I'll save you some time...

Blocks 99% of UV light - Conservation grade protection against 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays

Less than 1% light reflection - The lowest possible reflection rating available with UV protection

Optical coating - Optical clarity for true colour transmission and the greatest colour neutrality

Over 97% light transmission - Provides the highest brightness and contrast levels available

Of course there are many other glassmakers and even acrylic alternatives but that's something for another time, and being honest i have tried and tested many makers and i always go back to Tru Vue.

Check out the images of a few framed pieces with Tru Vue glass.

We keep all of the above in stock, and if you need any more info give me a shout.



By The Art Vaults, Feb 16 2017 05:37PM

Apologies are first in order, we have been rather busy in the shop so the blog has been put to one side but anyway here we are! Shadow tray frames or canvas floating frames? Sometimes called floater frames, we call them tray frames, so named because we make a tray out of ‘L’ shaped wood for the canvas to sit in, there are so many names some meaning the same and some not.

So this type of contemporary framing is usually used with a canvas or artworks on board. Recently in the shop this has become very popular way of framing to a point we do a fair few a week!

Not complaing though, I love the look! From a really thick moulding to thin one you can get away with something that really pops the artwork to the another level.

Floater frames or tray frames give art the illusion of floating inside the picture frame without touching it, which creates an interesting visual detail and a sense of three-dimensional depth in the overall display.

Anyway here are a few explanations to clear up various sayings and techniques....

Shadow tray frame

This method of framing can be used to equal effect for presenting works on canvas or on board.

A dark outline is often used to give depth to an image. It is created by the gap between the edge of the artwork and the inner edge of the frame. The gap is kept small so that it fills with shadow.

Tray frame

This method can be used to frame works on canvas or on board. It can also be modified for glazing. This is the same principal as Shadow tray frame but you take the shadow away by adding a larger gap. How much larger? well that is up you! Sometimes a few extra mm really makes the artwork stand out.

Moat tray frame

This method can be used to frame works on canvas or on board. Basically without going into alot of detail it is two frames in one, you frame the canvas or board then drop the framed artwork into another tray frame creating a frame in a frame.

Two step tray frame, or ( two way)

This is a L tray frame but with a step, this works in the same way as a standard tray frame but sometimes helps with deeper canvas or gives you more room and depth on the canvas.

Panel tray frame.

This frame gives you the same shadow affect as a standard shadow tray frame but for panels only.

These frames come in all different widths, shapes, colours and we also offer a custom service and can match any colour you would like.

Check out the images for a few examples, if you're still not sure give me a call or send an email I could chat away for hours! Or alternatively pop into the gallery on Fish Street, Shrewsbury we always have a few art works framed in this way!

Thanks and see you again soon!

Ross @theartvaults

By The Art Vaults, Nov 15 2016 03:04PM

Every week we will be posting some examples and explanations of frames and techniques that you might not have known about.

This week Box Framing & Shadow Box Framing.

The box frame consists of a large rebated frame, glass, spacer and backing. Gives the artwork either a 3d or floating feel with lots of space.

Check out the images and contact us for more details.

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