Glass Framing

There are 2 main materials that are used in frames to contain the image, glass and perspex.  There are many pros and cons for both.  Here are some things to consider when choosing which best to use. Firstly we will look at glass.

Below is a list of things to consider with using glass:

  • It is at a high risk of scratching, cracking or even smashing and breaking, causing damage to the artwork and frame.
  • Glass is heavier so the bigger the picture the heavier the frame will be as the sheet of glass will be larger.
  • Glass has a natural green tint to it when framing to stop glare, so this may change the clarity of the glass when viewing the artwork.
  • Glass is a traditional method of framing so for traditional and antique looking frames it is more fitted for the style of the piece.
  • If you are using glass to display artwork in a public place you will need some form of insurance incase of a hazardous accident.
  • Glass needs to be cared for and cleaned in a certain way to allow it to maintain a smear free visibility.
  • Glass is better for preserving your artwork.
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Perspex Framing

Now we have looked at glass we can compare the considering factors of perspex.

Below is a list of things to consider if you are thinking of using perspex in a frame:

  • Perspex is by far safer than glass and is less likely to crack, scratch or even smash.
  • Perspex is hardy and can travel well if artwork is being shipped abroad.
  • Perspex is lighter than glass so is better for larger picture as it keeps the weight of the frame down which will make hanging on walls easier.
  • Perspex is prone to becoming very static, so its not advised to frame anything in perspex that has been painted with a material that lifts from paper like chalks for example as they will lift from the artwork and attach to the perspex.
  • When exposed to heat the perspex can loose shape and bow.
  • Its easier to clean using just a microfibre cloth.
  • Perspex has no anti glare tint so has good clarity.

Let’s be honest though, the main reason to use perspex is the price and you’re unlikely to find it in any period frames or antiques.   For a high quality frame, you really can’t beat some fine quality glass.