Visual Heritage Photo Restoration and Picture Framing Melbourne Australia

Framing Glass

Glass is always an important consideration when designing a custom frame. We offer an extensive range of picture framing glass ensuring that we can provide a solution suitable for the preservation or aesthetic considerations relevant to each framing project. Our showroom has extensive samples and display pieces to aid you in choosing the most appropriate glazing for your frame.

Regular Clear Glass

A general picture framing grade glass, clear and free from defects. It only blocks around 50-60% of UV light making it unsuitable for use when the framed artwork is of importance or preservation is required.

Non Reflective Glass

This glass is etched on one side to diffuse reflections. It ha a tendency to soften the image clarity, especially when the glazing is spaced from the art and is therefore not recommended for artworks and photographs with fine detail, triple layer matting or any dimensional framing such as object and shadow box frames.

UV Glass - Conservation Clear

An extremely popular and economical glass used for protecting art and objects from fading. It is an ultra clear glazing which provides 99% protection against UV light. UV light is present in sunlight entering from windows as well as fluorescent and halogen lights commonly found inside. This is the minimum level of protection used for conservation grade framing. We always suggest using this glass as a minimum when the item framed is of importance to the customer. Suitable for more than just conservation grade framing, UV glazing also protects your investment in any custom framing project ensuring all elements within the frame including mount boards and other materials remain in good condition for as long as possible.

UV Glass - Non Reflective

Similar to Conservation Clear UV Glass with an etched side. Shares the same visual distractions as regular non-reflective glass. Suitable for Conservation Grade Framing.

Low Reflection Museum Glass

A superior picture framing glass, with the dual benefits of 99% UV absorption and an optical coating rendering the glass near invisible, offering an enhanced viewing of the art. Perfect for artworks with fine fine details or rich blacks where glass reflection would interfere with the viewing experience. Unlike non-reflective glass, Museum glass is perfectly suited to dimensional framing, including triple matting, object and spaced frame designs. In recent years this glass has become more widely available to the Australian market, making it a more attractive option for general use.
Suitable for Conservation Grade Framing.

Acrylic Glazing

Acrylic is a suitable alternative to glass with similar clarity offering benefits of being both lightweight and shatterproof. Acrylic therefore provides a safe option for oversized frames and frames that will be hung areas with safety concerns such as public areas, children's rooms etc. Frames that need be frequently relocated or shifted can benefit from the safety of acrylic glazing. The Shatter resistant properties of acrylic offer extra protection for framed items, reducing the likelihood of damage when glazing breakage occurs.

Disadvantages of Acrylic include it's vulnerability to scratching, a static charge rendering it unsuitable for framing of charcoal. pastels and other friable and brittle items. Acrylic is also generally more expensive that regular glass.

UV Low Reflective Acrylic Glazing

A truly premium picture framing glazing, used in museums and art galleries around the world. This product has all the advantages of both museum glass and regular acrylic glazing. Optically coated for near invisibility and 99% UV protection it has none of the disadvantages commonly experienced with acrylic. Its antistatic properties make it ideally suited to framing of charcoal and pastel artworks, brittle documents and works on delicate papers. It is also extremely durable and scratch resistant when compared to other acrylic glazing. Cost of course is the only disadvantage with this glazing. Suitable for Conservation Grade Framing.