glass or not??


Mar 9, 2004
North Dakota
I need to know if I should put glass on a piece of copper... it has the image pounded into it so it has a raised effect. It has 2 mats and a fillet going on it so for archival purposes should glass go on too?
I have framed copper and glazed it with glass using a spacer to be certain that the glass and copper do not come into contact with each other. In my case a deep moulding was used and built up like a shadowbox.
The glass will keep the copper from getting dented in by inquisitive little hands. Do like Sherry Lee suggested, make sure you use a spacer.

thanks everyone ... will definitly be putting glass on... what kind is another story. My default glass is conservation clear with the other option being reflection control but I recently sold 3 customers on conservation reflection control even after telling them the cost differnce so maybe... just maybe I could try AR!!!
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Originally posted by Ron Eggers:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr /> It has 2 mats and a fillet going on it
In any case, if it has mats, it needs glass, regardless of the medium. </font>[/QUOTE]Ron, is that a new standard? I prefer glass on mats but I've done it without more than once.

Maybe that's something I made up in my head, but it's one of the few things I've been consistent in throughout the years: Glass (or Plexi) on paper, and optional on fabrics or canvas.

Is that unusual? I'd be interested in what others have to say.
I will always glaze mats of paper but don't always those of suede or fabric. Clean freaks shiver at no glass but some folks look at suede and fabric like cloth upholstery: they like to touch it.
In some instances for short term display I have not had glass over matboards but for general frame I would always insist on glazing being present so as to help avoid dirt and grie on the mats along with reducing the amount of moisture that gets into the board possibly causing the plys to seperate.

Just my gut feeling not really a standard that I have read.
Glazing will not only protect the matting, but it
will reduce the amount of oxidizing gas that the
copper, a highly reactive metal, will be exposed