CONSERVATION

CONSERVATION FRAMING

We often see artwork that has been inappropriately framed with acidic materials and adhesives, which cause irreversible damage especially to paper-borne artwork. Conservation framing is the process of framing where high quality materials and techniques are used to protect your artwork. Each item is framed using professional techniques that keep all artwork in its original state, thereby enabling full reversibility if this is required in the future. The key principle behind conservation framing is that the framers role is to encase and preserve artwork while leaving its original condition unchanged.

  • The main threats to artwork, that cause it to deteriorate, are :
    • UV light
    • Humidity
    • Insects
    • Air Pollutants
    • The quality of materials touch & in close contact with the artwork

Lion India offers materials used in conservation framing ; these are less likely to deteriorate and damage the artwork.

These materials must be assembled in ways designed to provide maximum protection for the artwork.

  • The main components of conservation framing are:
    • Moulding
    • Glazing [ Glass / Acrylic ]
    • Conservation Mount Board
    • Under Mount / Barriers ( Back mount board)
    • Hinging
    • Moisture Barrier
    • Backing

Moulding

Many different material of moulding can be used to make a frame like wood, aluminium or synthetic, which should be free from blemishes. If the artwork is likely to touch the moulding then the rebate should be sealed with aluminium sealing tape . Details refer to page no -116 -118.

  • CODE NO. T0102

TYVEK® FRAME BACKING PAPER

36″ x 210 ft.white

FEATURES

  • A unique frame backing material that is acid-free and contains no damaging chemicals that can affect framed artwork.
  • Tyvek is easily cut and worked like traditional paper frame backing material
  • Puncture and moisture resistant and won’t attract insects
  • CODE NO. K0101

TISSUE PAPER

51x 76 cm white

FEATURES

  • Japanese paper without an alkaline buffer, approx. weight 9.0 gsm, machine glazed single-sided .
  • Suitable as interleaving sheets for archiving, conservation and preservation purposes – for example to laminate objects, repair cracks and fissures and also to mount objects such as graphics and photographs etc.
  • Manufactured from long-fibred cellulose (Abaca/Manila hemp, bleached/totally chlorine-free) and without the use of optical brightening agents.

ARTGLASS

Artglass Water White 800 x 1100 x 2 mm ( 31.5 x 43.30 inch)CODE NO. AG0811

Artglass Water White 1100 x 1600 x 2 mm ( 43.30 x 63 inch)CODE NO. AG1116

Artglass UV Water White 800 x 1100 x 2 mm ( 31.5 x 43.30 inch)CODE NO. AU0811

Artglass UV Water White 1100 x 1600 x 2 mm ( 43.30 x 63 inch)CODE NO. AU1116

  • Our ArtGlassTM invisible glass reveals true colors and texture of the art without any green tint or optical distortions.
  • With the anti-reflective coating of ArtGlassTM,which reduces unwanted reflections to less than 1%, nothing will prevent from viewing the actual content of the framed item.
  • Moreover ArtGlassTM has a smooth surface that allows for details to emerge unaltered.
  • ArtGlassTM can be cut and glazed from either side and its coating is scratch resistant and very easy to clean hence it will enlighten the work of every framing professional, Museum, Art Gallery etc.
  • Standard packing – 800 x 1100 mm sheet – 6 sheet /box 1100 x 1600 mm sheet – 4 sheet /box

FEATURES

  • Almost no reflection
  • Improved transmission
  • Easy to clean and scratch-resistant
  • Neutral colors in reflection and no color shift under an angle
  • Can be cut and glazed from either side
  • High durability and long lifetime of the coating

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION OF ARTGLASS

Reflection Transmission UV-protection* Thickness
Art Glass WWTM <1% >99% >70% 2-3 mm
Art Glass UV WWTM <1% >98% >90% 2-3 mm
Art Glass protectTM <1% 98% upto100% 4.4-6.4 mm

*UV protection is calculated as an average UV light blocking capability in 280-380 nm spectral region.

#Available on request

WHAT ARE WE PROTECTING ARTWORK FROM ?

FOXING

Small brown spots can appear on the front of artwork as a result of high humidity which causes fungal and acid stains in the materials. Correct choices of materials when framing can minimise this.

STAINS

Acidic standard mountboard leaves a brown stain where it is in contact with the artwork. Backing boards are also highly acidic and this is why a barrier / undermount is so important.

ADHESIVE

Incorrect adhesive and tapes cause severe damage. In time they become brittle and the adhesive will fail. This in turn causes irreversible damage to artwork.

GLAZING / GLASS

Glass is used to protect the artwork from external pollutants including UV, insects , moisture , dirt and dust. It is essential for most types of artwork. it is available in conservation and museum quality

CONSERVATION MOUNT BOARD

We have a large selection of Mountboard including cotton fibre board which is usually used when framing at museum level because of its ultimate protection. In addition, Conservation quality board is suitable for a large majority of artwork requiring protection. Please refer page no. 65 – 67

UNDERMOUNT/BARRIER(BACK MOUNT)

Additionally a further piece of Mountboard or barrier board is used behind the artwork.
This prevents acid migration from the backing board.

HINGING

It is important that the artwork is held in place with correct hinging tapes suitable to the weight and type of artwork.

We have a selection of products suitable for this purpose.

Self-adhesive tapes are not suitable for hinging because the adhesive can eventually fail and also leave residue on the back of artwork causing damage. Hinging tapes should be gummed which means that they are activated with water.

MOISTURE BARRIER

The Indian climate is excessively humid which can cause a lot of damage to artwork. To help to prevent this, a sheet of archival quality crystal clear polyester can be placed between the barrier and backing board.

This will help to prevent moisture getting through to the mounts and artwork.

GERMANY

125 years of experience and world leader in archival materials and tapes.

  • CODE NO. 0580

FILMOPLAST P

20 mm X 50 mtr.

FEATURES

  • 20g/m2 thin transparent, self-adhesive
    paper that becomes virtually invisible
    upon application
  • Designed for archives and mending torn
    documents
  • Also ideal for hinging works of art done on light weight rice paper where the hinge
    should not show through
  • Non-yellowing age-resistant adhesive
  • Both the paper carrier and adhesive are
    mildly buffered with CaCo3
  • Can be removed from stable paper surfaces

FILMOPLAST P 90

20 mm x 50 mtr.CODE NO. 0581

40 mm x 50 mtr.CODE NO. 0582

FEATURES

  • 50g/m2 long fibred acid-free white paper, coated with age resistant water-based acrylic adhesive, non-yellowing
  • Ideal for Self-adhesive hinging, fixing originals to window mount or rear mount, repairing torn papers
  • Also used for dust-free sealing of rear mounts
  • Both the adhesive and the paper are mildly buffered with CaCo3
  • Can be removed from stable papers using acetone
  • Provide a secure means to hinge even large works of art.
  • CODE NO. 0583

FILMOPLAST SH

30 mm x 25 mtr.

FEATURES

  • Exceptionally strong, tightly woven rayon fabric coated with one of the strongest adhesives.
  • Being water-based, this acrylic adhesive will not dry out, creep, or become brittle with age
  • Has a pH of approximately 7
  • Extensively used for “booking” the window mount to the backing board
  • Used for other applications that demand high strength.
  • Not recommended for hinging art

FILMOPLAST T

50mm x 10 mtr. whiteCODE NO. 0584

50mm x 10 mtr. blackCODE NO. 0585

FEATURES

  • 240µm acid free rayon supple tissue tape
  • Available in natural dyed white & black colour
  • Ideal for dust proof sealing frame pictures
  • Also used for book repair & strengthening of maps & plans
  • CODE NO. G0831

DOUBLE SIDED ADHESIVE GUDY TAPE 831

61cm x 10 m white

FEATURES

  • Having high-tack mounting adhesive it bonds well to a vast range of substrates including those that are a bit rough or uneven
  • 44µm non-woven acid-free paper, which has been coated on both sides with age resistant water-based acrylic adhesive with paper carrier.
  • Provides a strong secure bond that will not bubble or peel with age.
  • Since it may be applied manually, without the use of heat or machines, it is perfect for those items that may be damaged in a heat press
  • CODE NO. G0870

DOUBLE SIDED ADHESIVE GUDY TAPE 870

61cm x 10 m transparent

FEATURES

  • It doesn’t have paper carrier &is just a very thin layer of adhesive coated onto a silicone release paper
  • When this adhesive is pressed to a substrate or graphic and the release paper peeled away it leaves or transfers the adhesive to that surface
  • Hardly increases the substrate’s thickness
  • Both acid-free and solvent-free, suitable for smooth surfaces
  • CODE NO. G0850

DOUBLE SIDED ADHESIVE GUDY DOT TAPE

50 m x 2.5 cm /77core 10 rolls

FEATURES

  • Permanent transparent transfer adhesive carrier-free easy dot® transfer technology
  • The “dot-shaped” adhesive application allows an easy bonding of the material
  • Coated with a solvent-free, age- resistant and permanently elastic acrylate adhesive
  • Areas of application-
    • Mounting film for photos, inkjet and digital prints on several surfaces
    • Universally applicable
  • CODE NO. 0586

BURNISHING BONE

FEATURES

  • Traditional tool of the trade
  • Used for smoothing over cuts, polishing the interior edge of window mats and pressing self-adhesive tapes into place.
  • All self-adhesive tapes should be burnished to insure a tight and secure bond especially on rough surface
  • CODE NO. 0587

BOOK SQUEEGEE

FEATURES

  • 16 cm working width
  • Wooden squeegee with extra soft felt coating
  • For smoothly applying our self-adhesive protection films without bubbles

USA

30 years of expertise in producing archival quality products.

  • CODE NO. AR-0201

GUMMED LINEN HINGING TAPE

1” X150 ft

FEATURES

  • Ideal for hinging , mounting and repair application
  • The 65/55 thread count, acid free fabric provides superior strength.
  • The high tack, neutral ph adhesive, property makes it favourite for hanging mounts specially for heavy pieces of artwork
  • CODE NO. AR-0101

GUMMED PAPER HINGING TAPE

1” x 130 ft.

FEATURES

  • The high tensile strength of this quality,
    water activated hinging tape will support
    all but the heaviest works of art
  • The paper is acid-free with a calcium
    carbonate buffer and a pH of 8.5.
  • The neutral pH adhesive has excellent
    tack to hold firmly without slipping or
    ”creeping”.
  • CODE NO. AR-0601

SELF-ADHESIVE LINEN HINGING TAPE

11/4” x 150 ft. white

FEATURES

  • A favourite for hinging window mats to backboard or attaching art
  • The very fine linen cloth is flexible yet strong. The neutral ph acrylic adhesive gain strength overnight.
  • Also used for joining the ages of boxes
  • CODE NO. AR-0403

ABACA.SATM SELF ADHESIVE HINGING TAPE

0.875″ x 150 ft

FEATURES

  • Incorporates the strength and supple nature of Abaca paper (manila hemp)
  • Very strong acrylic adhesive that is permanent and non-yellowing
  • Strong enough to hold large digital prints,and supple enough to adhere to the print without distorting
  • Abaca paper is acid-free, biodegradable, and comes from a self-sustaining plant.
  • CODE NO. AR-1001

DOCUMENT REPAIR TAPE

1” x 98 ft.

FEATURES

  • This very thin and extremely transparent pressure sensitive document repair tape is non-yellowing, removable with solvents, and has a neutral ph.
  • To use, dispense a length of the tissue,place over the tear and burnish with a bone folder.
  • It has been thoroughly tested approved by numerous government agenesis is a favourite of both collectors.
  • CODE NO. AR-0401
  • CODE NO. AR-0402

SELF ADHESIVE FRAME SEALING TAPE

11/4” x 85 ft. grey

11/4” x 85 ft. white

FEATURES

  • Developed specifically to seal backing board to frames
  • Pressure sensitive tape attaches firmly to almost any surface and conforms well to most surface irregularities
  • Manufactured from exclusive Perma/Seal label stock with a foil layer, a non-yellowing, permanent acrylic adhesive
  • Also provides an effective barrier for the rabbets of wooden frames
  • CODE NO. AR-1301

VOLARA FOAM RABBET TAPE

0.25 “x 108 ft. x 0.03”

FEATURES

  • Volara 0.0313” thick foam is an acid free, closed cell, inert polyethylene foam coated with a stable acrylic adhesive.
  • Used for lining frame rabbets to provide padding and a slippery surface to protect canvas transfer, digital art and oils from sticking to the rabbets
  • CODE NO. AR-0701

SEE THRU MOUNTING STRIPS

4” – 60/ pkg

FEATURES

  • Lineco see-thru mounting strips are made from conservation quality archival polyesters. Clear polyester is bonded to a 2 ply mat with a self-adhesive backing strip.
  • Simply position the artwork and adhere the strips to the mount board. No adhesives touches the art.
  • Accomodates larger art and can be cut to smaller sizes for a particular job.
  • See-thru strips provide several advantanges over corner, a few along the bottom provide full length support , application is easy, the art stays flat, and the strips are applied around the edges.
  • The polyester may be trimmed to hide the strips with borders as small as 1/8”
  • CODE NO. AR-0503
  • CODE NO. AR-0501
  • CODE NO. AR-0502

POLYPROPYLENE MOUNTING CORNERS

0.625” 500/pkg

1.25” 250/pkg

3” 100/pkg

FEATURES

  • Free of harmful chemicals and feature a pressure sensitive, non-yellowing acrylic adhesive.
  • Because no adhesives come in contact with the artwork, these corners may be the best, easiest way to mount precious art
  • Available in several sizes to accommodate heavier art and photographs
  • Its full view style minimizes the border required to hide the corner under a window mat
  • CODE NO. AR-1801

PHOTO TAB

0.5” – 500pcs/pkg square

FEATURES

  • Photo Tabs provide a simple solution to the permanent mounting of photos, news clippings, postcards, etc.
  • 0.5”square tabs are an acid-free, non-yellowing, pressure sensitive adhesive on both sides.
  • Simply apply the tabs to the back of the photo, peel away the easy-lift release liner and press your photos into place.
  • CODE NO. AR-1101
  • CODE NO. AR-1102
  • CODE NO. AR-1103

SELF SEALING POLYESTER L-VELOPES (The choice of museums for clarity and support)

8.5 x 11” – 5/ pkg

11 x 14” – 5/ pkg

16 x 20” – 5/ pkg

FEATURES

  • Protects photos, maps or documents safely & easily between sheets of archival crystal clear polyester, using no harmful adhesives.
  • Great for temporary display or items that need to be handled frequently.
  • L-velopes support their contents and protect them from stress, dirt, fingerprints and atmospheric pollutants.
  • Two adjacent slides open (figure1) so art work slides safely into place(figure2).
  • Flaps than fold over to make a non-adhesive seal (figure3).
  • The process is easily reversible, leaving the art work in its original pristine condition and the L-velope ready to reuse.
  • CODE NO. AR-1601

WHEAT STARCH ADHESIVE

11/4” x 150 ft. white

FEATURES

  • A very carefully purified, uncooked food-grade wheat starch.
  • When cooked, it makes a superior smooth wheat paste adhesive.
  • Must be cooked before use
  • CODE NO. AR-0901
  • CODE NO. AR-0902

DOCUMENT CLEANING PAD AND POWDER

One cleaning pad

2 lb.( .90 kg ) Can of Powder

FEATURES

  • Lineco’s document cleaning pads are recommended for cleaning dusty, dirty or moldy paper items.
  • These pads contain a soft, grit-free powder that absorbs and clean surface dirt from paper.
  • Additional cleaning powder is available seperatly.
  • CODE NO. AR-1501

pH TESTING PEN

FEATURES

  • An easy convenient method for distinguishing between safe alkaline paper and board and unsafe acidic paper and board.
  • Easy to use simply draw a line. The chlorophenol red indicator solution will turn into purple colour on any paper with a safe ph of 6.8 or higher.
  • A clear or yellow colour indicates the material is unsuitable for conservation purposes