3/11/2010

Ultimate viewing and protection with Museum Glass

The name Museum Glass makes this glass sound very exclusive, but you might change your mind after reading this... While still more expensive than other glass products, due to its increasing popularity, Museum Glass has significantly gone down in price, making it suitable for a wider range of framing applications. Close to 90% of the glass I used in framing designs is Museum Glass (the national average is less than 15%). I am obviously partial to this material and I take the time to educate my clients about its many priceless benefits and... addictive properties! Here are some of the facts and benefits of Museum Glass. Reflection Control We've all been annoyed by the distracting reflections bouncing against glass while trying to view the art behind it. Because Museum Glass reduces reflection by almost 99%, it offers the best viewing comfort possible. With Museum Glass, you get to see the full picture from just about any angle. A Shield Against UV Light Everyone's heard that ultraviolet light (a.k.a. UV light) is very harmful to art. UV light literally "bleaches" everything it comes in contact with (especially pigments) and sometimes over a very short period of time. You would not believe the number of works of art I re-frame that show severe signs of fading due to unprotected exposure to light. UV light is especially found in sunlight and fluorescent lights, but not only: It is found in just about any light source, including halogen. Museum Glass protects artwork by blocking 99% of UV light. This means that it significantly extends the lifespan of art. FYI: ordinary glass only blocks 45% or less of UV light. Clarity and Neutral Colors Museum glass provides the highest brightness and contrast levels available. It also provides true and neutral color transmission. This is glass with a paradox: a high level of clarity combined with a near total reflection control. Physical Protection Yes, a painting on canvas deserves glass, a concept that was unheard of until Museum Glass became available. I recommend the use of Museum Glass over paintings on canvas because it protects art from dust, spills, or punctures. So, during your next conversation about art, you can proudly mention your knowledge of Museum Glass! :-) Joseph Photos source: Tru Vue, Inc.

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