Know your glazing: a quick look at glass and plexi for framing

Your artwork should reflect you - but not literally!  Here's all you need to know when choosing the best glazing for your collection.

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At DDG Frameshop, we offer three types of glazing.  The first priority in framing is artwork safety and glazing is your first line of protection from damaging UV rays. For that reason, we only offer glass or plexi with UV protection. 

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Are all UV protected glazing created the same?  What are the differences in quality and how do you know what is best for your artwork?  To us, the difference is clear. 

glazed with standard UV plexi

glazed with standard UV plexi

glazed with Optium plexi

glazed with Optium plexi

 

glazing types

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Optium

Optium is our most used glazing at DDG Frameshop - and with good reason!  It offers 93% - 99% UV protection, it's scratch resistant, thermal insulating, low static, anti-reflection, and it's plexiglass (and therefor won't break). For larger pieces, Optium is the safest choice for your artwork. 

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Art Glass

Art Glass is another favorite at DDG.  With over 90% UV protection, Art Glass is also anti-reflection, scratch resistant, and low static.  Whiles Art Glass is a great choice for smaller works, we don't suggest using it for pieces over 24"x36"

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Standard UV Plexi

Our third glazing options is standard UV plexi.  While UV protects the artwork from light damage, it can be distracting to look at.  Reflection is a common issue with standard UV, especially with darker pieces.  It's also known for its static charge, making it a poor choice for pencil, chalk, and pastel pieces.  However standard UV plexi is a cost effective choice for framing on a tighter budget. 

 

Not sure what your pieces at home are glazed with? Viewing artwork from an angle can reflect a tint that will let you know. Art glass reflects a slightly blue/green tint, Optium reflects a slightly green/purple tint, and standard UV plexi reflects yellow.

Art Glass, Optium, and standard UV plexi (from left to right)

Art Glass, Optium, and standard UV plexi (from left to right)

Still not sure? Here's our favorite test: take a selfie! If you see yourself looking back at you, it may be time to think about changing your glazing.

Optium

Optium

Art Glass

Art Glass

standard UV plexi

standard UV plexi

Call DDG Frameshop for your free sample box. Inside you'll find an array of our most commonly used mat boards and a sample of Optium, Art Glass, and standard UV plexi.