When framing charcoal, pastel, chalk and pencil drawings there are several things that need to be done to ensure that the work is preserved.
Firstly the work needs to be sealed and protected with a fixative spray to avoid any smudging, and to secure any loose matter that may be on the surface.
At Up In Frames we use National Art Materials workable fixative for all of our jobs which require fixing. We use this product as it is ozone friendly and easy to work with.
This is a specialty spray used for the preservation of charcoal, pastel,chalk and pencil drawings which does not affect the work in any way.
We leave the work overnight before framing to ensure that the spray has time to dry properly.
Before putting the work into the frame we use a 3 mm x 4 mm acrylic spacer between the work and the glass so that the charcoal does not touch the glass in any way. This is available in either black or clear and is hidden under the rebate of the frame.
If the work is not spaced away from the glass it can stick to the glass over time and ruin the drawing.
After putting the frame together, all of our jobs are sealed with backing tape to prevent moisture from getting in and affecting the work.
We use foam core for the backing as this is acid free and lightweight, and helps to preserve any artwork or photos. MDF board carries a lot of nasty acids and chemicals which can seep into the work and mat boards over time.
We also only use hangers and wire on our custom jobs as cord will perish over time.
This is the finished product which is ready to hang on the wall and should last for generations.
At Up In Frames we use only the best materials and framing techniques to ensure our customers receive the highest quality job which should last forever.
If you are looking at getting something framed, always remember that if things are not framed properly it can have a detrimental effect and ruin people's precious memories and artwork.