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Matting Makes a Difference

When considering framing a valuable piece of artwork—or even just scrapbooking—you may have run across the term ‘acid-free’ when it comes to matboard and papers.  It’s hard to imagine that something that looks like cardboard could be damaging to your piece. In actuality, matboard is made from two basic types of pulp: wood pulp and […]

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French Matting + Proper Framing

We recently reframed a lovely piece of art for a client, and wanted to share both the French matting process, and the importance of using proper framing materials. Here is the original artwork, with fading French matting. Improper materials, such as a paper mat, can cause damage to artwork.  Notice the acid burn from original […]

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Six Tips for Choosing a Frame

1. More than style Selecting a frame should certainly take into account color and a material . . . but also where the work will be displayed. Though we highly recommend framing to the style of the piece, and not the room, it is helpful if we have an understanding of the other works of […]

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Masters shadowbox

Inspiring Shadowbox Ideas

What do you get a loved one who has everything for Christmas?   A shadowbox of personal memories makes an incredibly thoughtful and original gift . . . and we make the process easy at Barnel’s. Not sure where to start?  We always tell our clients to bring in ‘more than enough’ items based on a […]

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Salvaging Flood-Affected Artwork

If your artwork has been subjected to flood water, or even excess moisture, there are steps you can take now to help control or stop damage. Time is of the essence! Photos: need to be removed from plastic sleeves, old photo albums, photo frames IMMEDIATELY. Once they dry they’ll stick and may not be able […]

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