Picture Framing and Art Preservation/archival metallic prints


The print is beautiful in a bright room.  Without a light on it,
it is rather dark. The best light I can give this picture, other than to hire an electrician to do wring, is the
sunlight. I live in Florida,r and I am inquiring if this would damage the print.  Also, for a metallic print, is it best to cover it with glass, or not, to get the best effect?



Great timing! I just got back from a trade show in Las Vegas where I saw a product that might be perfect for you. It is an LED light that can be easily attached to a wall or ceiling to illuminate artwork. It is battery powered and will last about 4,000 before the batteries will need to be replaced. It works from a remote control and can be dimmed and the color of the light adjusted. An inexpensive option that does not require an electrician to install.

Now, regardless of the lighting it is still a good idea to cover art with glass. It will provide protection from dust, dirt and mechanical damage such as scratching or denting. Also with UV protection it will help prevent fading, and if you are concerned about appearance them Museum Glass would be a great idea. It has a coating on it, similar to that used on eyeglasses or camera lenses, that almost completely eliminates reflections and it is virtually invisible.  

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David Lantrip, MCPF, GCF


I can answer questions about all aspects of framing, with special emphasis on preservation framing. Categories of artwork include works of art on paper, needlework, textiles, paintings on canvas and three-dimensional objects. Components of framing includes frames, glass/glazing, mats, mounting, their features and how to select them.


I have been a professional picture framer and educator in the field since 1994, including framing education for a major franchisor encompassing three brands and the Professional Picture Framers Association, and writing and teaching for DECOR Magazine.

Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) > Board member, PPFA > Member, Certification Board > Member, Chapter relations Committee National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR)

DECOR Magazine, 2005 - 2010 PPFA For Members Only newsletter Member of the PPFA Guidelines task force, assisted in writing PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Paper and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Canvas, and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Textiles and Needlework. Picture Framing Magazine, 2012

Georgia State University, many classes as a student and educator through the Professional Picture Framers Association and DECOR Magazine. Current member of the PPFA guidelines task force and certification board.

Awards and Honors
Earned Certified Picture Framer (CPF) designation in 1996, Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) designation in 2004 and Guild Commended Framer (GCF) status in 2008.

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