Sizing

SIZING

Sizing is a complex subject and sizing agents are an important group of chemicals added during the manufacture of paper and in our case, as framers, mountboard. Sizing agents are added during manufacture to most papers in order to optimise paper quality, dimensional stability, reduced water absorption and improve abrasion resistance.

In some case the degree of sizing can affect the the laying down of ruled lines and wash panels.

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Normal Conditions

The Guild’s Framing Standards suggest that Museum and Conservation framed artwork offer protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids from framing materials for up to 35 and 20 years respectively under  Normal Conditions.

But what are the Normal Conditions  and how are they defined?

Normal Conditions  - are based around three environmental factors: sunlight, temperature and relative humidity.

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Damage Limitation

As framers we are presented with a variety of challenges, not in the least a customer bringing an old or damaged frame along with the contents. These might include artwork on paper or textiles along with the associated problems that one might expect. Whilst each situation may call for a different approach this RRL considers some of the actions one might consider. 

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Is the Answer -'YES'

As qualified framers a customer’s artwork should always be framed using the best quality materials and techniques possible within the cost implications imposed by the customer requirements with respect to cost, materials and framing techniques.

This short article refers to Conservation quality framing.

This article is based on the leaflet “Care and conservation of prints, drawings and watercolours” published by The Institute of Conservation. http://www.conservationregister.com (Caring For)! 

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Acid Free - Misleading?

As framers we will be aware of the term Acid Free but do we really understand what this term means and might one consider it as being slightly misleading? We come across the term in most publications and in the glossary of the Guild’s GCF Study Guide it states ‘An imprecise and frequently misleading term, not used in this guide’ Could this be perceived as a indication regarding the use of this term!

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Understanding Lignin

As framers we hear numerous terms and phrases being banded around; their meanings are often a complete mystery and are not fully explained in any ‘glossary of terms.’ Perhaps it is a fear of being seen as uneducated that stops us asking our mentors questions such as, ‘What is Lignin/Lignin-Free?’ and ‘Acid Free (see RRL 002; Aug2014.)’ The aim of this Read, Reflect and Learn short article is to provide framers with an understanding of what constitutes Lignin and the term Lignin-Free

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