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Preventing prints from sticking to glass

Walter Newton , Jul 23, 1999; 03:40 p.m.

A friend just bought me a frame as a present which holds several 'floating' photos sandwiched between 2 pieces of glass. I won't be putting any priceless prints up against the glass, but is there anything I can do to avoid the problem of the prints sticking to the glass? Matting is not an option.


Dan Smith , Jul 23, 1999; 03:56 p.m.

Don't use them. Anything you put in contact with the glass will be subject to sticking with moisture and temperature changes.

Jason M. , Jul 23, 1999; 04:04 p.m.

I have no experience with this issue however, I will give you my .02!

If you can mount the photos on the back board could you find a way to create the necessary space between the photographs and the glass. Something that would not obstruct the view of the photos. Maybe a thin strip of backing or other product that would go between the glass and photographs (acid free of course). If you have any space between the outer edge of the photographs and the frame, this should work. What you put there is up to you.

I hope this helps. If it doesn't you might want to call an art store who sells frames etc.

Walter Newton , Jul 23, 1999; 04:18 p.m.

How about this idea - Light Impressions sells a variety of plastic sleeves/envelopes for print/negative protection, use in photo albums etc. (made from safe/archival materials) - could I place the print in one of those and sandwich that between the glass?

Tom Meyer , Jul 23, 1999; 07:14 p.m.

nope, anything in constant contact will cause harm. Use these type of frames for easily replaced photos only. I have one I use for the snap shot or polaroid of the week. nothing stays in it long enough to be damaged. It's kind of like a classy alternative to the refridgerator magnet gallery...t

Vadim Makarov , Jul 26, 1999; 09:54 a.m.

Matte paper has less chances to stick.

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