The basics series: Don’t overlook your family art heirlooms as you are spring-cleaning.

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Don’t overlook your family art heirlooms as you are spring-cleaning.

The air is warming up. The snow is melting. We are opening windows and freshening up musty homes. Horray, spring is here! (I think I just heard a collective sigh of relief from winter-tired New Englanders!)

As we move into these beautifully active months, we at the Art Emporium of Old Saybrook want to suggest that you don’t overlook your family art heirlooms as you are spring-cleaning. Why is art inspection so important, you ask?

Why is art inspection so important, you ask?

As a professional custom frame shop, we see both new and old picture framing projects on a regular basis. Custom picture framing repairs are often needed on old or poorly framed pieces.  Similar to taking your car in for a tune up and, while driving away, noticing that the car runs smoother and quieter than before. Tender loving care (TLC) to art is equally important!

Tender loving care (TLC) to art is equally important!

Repairs and touch-ups could be required on picture frame projects because of a few issues, such as, failure in proper wall hanging, improper long-term storage, or lack of proper regular inspection while a piece remains hanging for years in a prominent wall in a home. Much like regular car tune-ups for safety, fine custom framed pieces need regular TLC.

Picture wire that pulls away from a frame is a scary thing to have happen, as it can mean damage to personal property. Broken glass can be a danger in any home or office. Picture glass is not the same as door glass or car windsheilds. When picture glass breaks, it is loud, messy, dangerous.  The broken frame and glass can damage the art upon impact. It can also damage a piece of furniture, however the greater risk could be severe injuries to a family member.

… the greater risk could be severe injuries to a family member.

So, why would a picture fall? There are three primary reasons. First, the picture wire might not be strong enough for the weight of the framed art and over time the wire snaps. Secondly, moisture can cause the wire to rust and break. Thirdly, if you have an older wooden picture frame, the old screw eyes that held the wire to the frame can give way and the art will fall. Our professional advice is to periodically take the art work off the wall and inspect how the hardware (screw-eyes and wire) is holding up over time.This practice of art inspection is necessary for the safety of your home, art, and loved ones.

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To conclude, as we are spring-cleaning, art inspection could be one of our added habits. As we notice that our framed treasures need some TLC, we could consider adding a new peice of cleaned glass , fresh acid-free matting, and new wire and screw-eyes to change the look of our family heirlooms and make the art safe to hang for years to come.

The Basics Series in Custom Framing (c) is the property of The Art Emporium of Old Saybrook, CT. Our phone # is 860-388-1419, Fax 860-388-1410
Thank-you for letting me help you, Robert Jerome.

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