I think the biggest thing is using acid free foamboard ... really expensive prints put a mat on it ... helps keep the print off the glass or plastic. I have hard acrylic plastic on mine, not glass. I even have some prints in the cheap wal-mart frames .... I know its a "no-no" but so far its been no prob. I mostly put them in there for flattening purposes to then later move on to a better frame but with small amount of area to hang framed stuff they seem to stay in these frames much longer then originally intended.
ie. 6 months.
i believe u can find them on ebay. I saw that long ago.
Does anyone know where one gets an acid-free board to keep the prints flat before framing? I've been to a couple of local hardware stores and they don't seem to have an idea wtf I am talking about. Best they got is styrofoam sheets 1, 1.5 and 2 inches thick (sheets only come in 2X8 ft, obviously). 2 inch thick is roughly $25.
I wish I had one
I live in the middle of nowhere (the reason I went to a hardware store instead).
I'm just getting into prints and framing. I actually already had a couple of gig posters which I purchased about 2 years back and also an art print of an album cover which were stored rolled in a tube. I had no idea that the ink could crack, etc. My main aim was to frame these once I moved into my own place but after reading about this I framed them soon as possible. However, I have some questions...
I'm using a mount on all my prints, mainly for conservation (to keep the print off the glass) but I'm wondering are you meant to tape the print to the mount? (think it's called 'Hinging'). I'm a bit wary about it, even though you can buy that PH-70 Acid free stuff. I've just placed the print in place and the acid free barrier board and then MDF backing hold it in place. Is there any downfalls to this? Should I tape the print to the mount?
Another thing is that I've just purchased 4 prints and don't really have the funds to buy 4 frames, plus haven't the space to hang all 4. My plan was to frame 2 of them but to store/place the other 2 prints behind the framed ones (if that makes sense?) Is there a downside to this? (such as inks bleeding/blending, etc).