How to treat signed letter & autographed piece

Rozmataz

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This is probably a "no brainer" and that's the kind of day I am having - no brain!!

I have a personally signed letter and autographed printed piece of poetry from Maya Angelou.

I have very little leeway on the sides due to the layout and where the signature/message is...
what is the best way to mount this!?

Since the letter is on typical stationery paper - it is thin and I fear hinging will show thru.

The poem is on heavier stock, so that is no problem.

Thanks,

Roz
 

Leslie S.

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Hi Roz!

How about using mylar? If you encase it, then you can mat on top of the mylar as close to the edge as you want. Sometimes clients don't like the shiny look of mylar, though.

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Rozmataz

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Leslie,

You are so right about Mylar - but it's more me than customers that don't like the shiny look of it... I wish this were an option on this piece, but alas, it is not. But thanks for the input.

Roz
 

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Originally posted by Rozmataz:

what is the best way to mount this!?

Since the letter is on typical stationery paper - it is thin and I fear hinging will show thru.

Roz,
Perhaps you could Mylar encapsulate the letter in which case you wouldn't have to overlap with the mat as much, or even may be able to use a float mount.

-Mike.
 

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Originally posted by Rozmataz:
Leslie,

You are so right about Mylar.... I wish this were an option on this piece, but alas, it is not...
Why not?

If it is the gloss you are concerned about, then you could use an overlay of Stabilitex, a fine mesh fabric, with an undersized alphacellulose mount board beneath. Wrap the fabric to the back of the board and secure it with 3M #889 double-sided tape, or Lineco's acid-free PVA glue.
 

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Hi Roz,

I don't think Japanese paper hinges need show through. There are many many weights of Japanese paper, and for a light weight piece you can use a lighter weight Japanese paper. And for light pieces the hinge overlap doesn't need to be very much - 1/8" or so ought to do it.

Why don't you order the conservation paper sample book from Hiromi's Paper http://hiromipaper.com/ click onto "shop" and then "browse all papers".

You may not even need to order the complete sheet - often for "one offs" you can just cut/water tear some hinges from the sample book.

Rebecca
 
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