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
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.