With many our our renovations complete, I've started interest in collecting and framing art. My first big projects will be original movie poster art.
After some reading, it's a waste to simply frame up using traditional backing methods. Here's are my notes resulting in,
- Pick high-grade plexiglass with UV protection, 1/8" thick, crystal clear, non-glare,
- Glass has issues (moisture entrapment, likely no UV protection, poster can stick despite spacers or mat)
- Conservation Glass is better, but can break and expensive
- Do not use ammonia based cleaner
- Use especially for bigger posters as it is lighter than glass
- Use a mat to ensure the glass if lifted off the surface (only possible for smaller than 40" x 60" posters)
Backing the Poster
- avoid foamcore unless acid free such as Artcare Archival System by Bainbridge which should only be a few dollars more
- Expensive and fixes flatten and hide vintage folded posters.
- Make sure to go with professional who will make it reversable
- For vintage folders will bring up value if resold
- ~ cost $75 to $150
- Not advisable for double sided posters
More Linen Backing,
- Video of how Linen Backing and Restoration Works - http://www.posterfix.com/
- Backing to the Future - Linen Backing in Canada Port Perry, very professional website ( this is who I ended up going with)
- Linen Backing recommend by mpb.auction, http://www.vintagemovieart.ca/contact-dario-casadei/
- dkartservices - Local West Toronto Linen Backing and custom framing.
Frames that Can Swap In and Out
- http://hollywoodposterframes.com/ - pre-built frames,
- http://www.spotlightdisplays.com/ - Flip frames (not sure what that means),
- www.displays2go.ca - search for snap frames (also has lightbox models) - not sure if archival though
Glass versus Plexiglass
- Most website I run across seem to say plexiglass... I need to do more read as they also happen to sell plexiglass frames,
- My local framer recommends glass (he has both) as he feels plexiglass yellows.
- I'm going to try a high end brand glass for now with UV protection... I need to collect the details.
Putting it Together
- Back the linen poster with acid free material
- Acid free foam core or 4 ply rag are best
- Linen Hinged - Hinge mount using some archival tap stuck to the linen
- Do not stretch
- Trim the linen about 1/8 smaller than the inside dimension of the frame
- If framing with wood make sure to put a barrier if framing to size
- Use the D-Rings on the back directly
- Adding wires to D-Rings for Large posters will put strain on the frame causing corners to pop out.
- Alternative to eBay to buy Posters (consistent grading system and more focused products) - http://www.mpb.auction/
- The Art Forum - local Framer - weekdays 9-6pm sat 9-4pm
- Good Forum Discussions - http://www.allposterforum.com/index.php/board,59.0.html