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Understanding the kinds of glazing

From: Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs

Video: Understanding the kinds of glazing

So once you have made a decision on what type of frame you want to use your next choice involves what type of glazing you want to use. Glazing is a term we refer to, used to refer to whatever the first transparent barrier is in front of your work. Placed there to protect it from spills, windborne debris, or whatever. Two basic types are available either acrylic or glass. And there are advantages and disadvantages to both. I typically use acrylic in settings that are commercial in nature. And the advantage of acrylic is it's virtually unbreakable if somebody is in the lobby and bumps in to it, it's not going to cause any damage if it gets knocked off the wall, it typically will not break, where, of course, glass will shatter.

Understanding the kinds of glazing

So once you have made a decision on what type of frame you want to use your next choice involves what type of glazing you want to use. Glazing is a term we refer to, used to refer to whatever the first transparent barrier is in front of your work. Placed there to protect it from spills, windborne debris, or whatever. Two basic types are available either acrylic or glass. And there are advantages and disadvantages to both. I typically use acrylic in settings that are commercial in nature. And the advantage of acrylic is it's virtually unbreakable if somebody is in the lobby and bumps in to it, it's not going to cause any damage if it gets knocked off the wall, it typically will not break, where, of course, glass will shatter.

The disadvantage of acrylic is it is prone to being scratched. It has a fairly hard surface, but over time it can pick up scratches particularly in a high traffic commercial application. Acrylic is also a little bit more expensive than glass, both the acrylic and glass surfaces come with a variety of different treatments that afford different kinds of protection just got one piece of acrylic here, that's just regular clear acrylic, you can also get acrylic that has UV protection, you want UV protection, if you're hanging your work in an area where it gets direct sunlight.

The UV protection will help to prevent your work from fading so you need to kind analyze where the work is going to hang. If you're not sure I tend to err on the side of protecting it rather than not. So acrylic also comes in a variety of thicknesses, typically the larger the surface area the thicker you want the acrylic to be. One other advantage of acrylic as compared to glass is it's also lighter in weight, so when you get to very large frame pieces, sometimes if weight is a consideration, you might want to opt for acrylic.

If you're going to go with glass, glass comes packaged by the box as opposed to acrylic which comes by the sheet and typically acrylic, if you buy it from a wholesale source will come in 4x8 foot sheets. Advantage of buying an larger sheets is the price drop is substantial. If you buy thick glass or acrylic cut to size, you're going to pay almost three times as much for it as you would if you bought a wholesale. This is why after we go through this here we're going to talk about different ways to cut it, because the savings are substantial, if you learn to cut your own.

On the 4x8 foot sheets of acrylic however, those are really hard to handle as an individual, so I typically will have my wholesaler cut them either to size, or to smaller sizes, still I'm getting a big savings in that regard. Glass, I'm going to show you couple of the different variety of glass that are available. I can say that comes packed in boxes from most framing things I just use premium, clear glass, but I talked about UV protection conservation glass.

Typically will provide about 97% UV protection, and you can see that there is no evidence of any kind of coding on this, it's still remarkably clear, you can also get conservation glass with a reflection control coating. What reflection control does is it helps eliminate the reflection of lights in the room, the reflection of even you the observer. Disadvantage of reflection control is you can see here it has kind of a milky look to it, and when my hand gets very close to it it's pretty clear, but if you have your work recessed, and if you're floating it further behind the glazing layer, this kind of reflection control is not a very good choice, which leads us to the best glass that's out there is museum glass which has a transparent reflection control coating, you can see here, there is no milkiness to my hand, has 97% UV protection as well.

Disadvantage of museum glass of course is the expense. Museum class typically will cost four to five times as much as plain glazing. So now that we exposed you to some of the different types of glazing you can use. In the next couple movies, we're going to talk about techniques for cutting the glazing to the proper size for your frame.

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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs

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Konrad Eek
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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Using this course
      1m 19s
    3. Understanding why we frame
      2m 54s
  2. 25m 31s
    1. Visiting a professional framing studio
      6m 22s
    2. Working with a framer's vocabulary
      4m 16s
    3. Conversing with a framer
      14m 53s
  3. 50m 36s
    1. Selecting a mat
      5m 13s
    2. Deciding on the window size
      9m 27s
    3. Understanding standard vs. custom mats
      1m 46s
    4. Using a handheld mat cutter
      4m 11s
    5. Using a production mat cutter
      8m 37s
    6. Assembling the mat
      2m 5s
    7. Mounting art in a mat
      3m 25s
    8. Mounting the art with photo corners
      4m 51s
    9. Mounting the art with repositionable mounting adhesive (RPMA)
      6m 52s
    10. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      4m 9s
  4. 32m 11s
    1. Selecting a frame
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding the kinds of glazing
      4m 14s
    3. Cutting glass
      7m 15s
    4. Scoring acrylic
      3m 52s
    5. Sawing acrylic
      4m 42s
    6. Keeping the glass clean
      6m 53s
  5. 46m 10s
    1. Assembling an easel back frame
      6m 21s
    2. Assembling a metal frame
      8m 33s
    3. Using a V-nailer to assemble a chopped frame
      7m 49s
    4. Putting the frame, glazing, mat, and art together
      12m 4s
    5. Using a band clamp for assembly
      6m 10s
    6. Reviewing alternative hanging devices
      5m 13s
  6. 13m 21s
    1. Prepping the show
      2m 26s
    2. Using a wall as a canvas
      6m 46s
    3. Hanging the show
      4m 9s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Introduction to hanging tools
      8m 2s
    2. Using lasers for precision
      3m 18s
    3. Hanging on plaster and lath
      6m 42s
    4. Hanging on either drywall or panelling
      6m 56s
    5. Hanging on brick, stone, or steel
      7m 35s
    6. Lighting your work
      3m 29s
  8. 54s
    1. Goodbye
      54s

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