museum glass?


CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Apr 1, 2005
Maple Valley, Wa
Got some really nice new promo's from TrueVue today. Boss is thinking about carring Museum glass. I read up on it in the promo packet that they sent, so I can sell it. My questions are for all of you who actually use it. How difficult is it to work with? Does it scratch as easily as CC? They say you have to wear gloves when working with it, do you really? Any tips for cleaning, storage? Anything you can tell me about it I would appreciate.
Happy Framing
I use gloves while handling ANY glass. If you use gloves and a well-adjusted wall cutter, there is very minimal cleaning required and scratches become a non-issue.

As for ease-of-handling: my standard for comparison is Image Perfect, so Styrene plastic becomes a joy to work with.
I also use gloves when handling any type of glass because it's just so much easier for cleaning and is good protection. I personally don't think it's that hard to deal with; you just have to be careful with it.
Like Ron, my experience is with Image Perfect and I would rather go through a root canal without anesthesia than try to clean the stuff. It is the only glass I routinely use gloves with.

Since IP is such a bear to clean and since it will show the least bit of blemishes, I also pad my glass cutter with strips of mat board before I score it.

After I put on gloves, I try not to breathe on it either.
I believe that Museum Glass upgrades my work by making it look better.

Try it, your customers will like it, and you will too.

Sure I get nervous handling it because of the cost, but Museum glass is easy to cut and to clean and handle. Use the recommended non-ammonia cleanser, and any grease cleans up nicely with detergent (then use the cleaner). The white gloves are great too.
Double up on the gloves, make sure they are fairly new (old ones pick up residue that can mark glass). Avoid the need to clean if at all possible. If you do have to clean a spot use micro fiber cloth. Never spray cleaner onto the glass ... apply sparingly to micro fiber cloth. Check glass for marks etc by holding over black material (mat/foam).
At the trade shows, Tru-Vue reps in the booth give away the best gloves I've ever seen for handling glass. They're made of a thin and somewhat open-weave fabric; quite comfortable -- and washable. I first thought they might be too slippery to handle glass safely, but they have at least as good a grip as bare hands.

Now you have that reason you needed to go to the next trade show...

Museum Glass can be easily cleaned with a good non-ammonia cleaner. I buy the Tru-Vue glass cleaner by thre gallon -- it's the best. Spray a spritz or two on a cotton cloth* (I like to use a traditional diaper) and buff thoroughly.

* The microfiber cloths from 3M are very good, but watch out for the hemmed edges. The hems will scratch; maybe it's the thread.
I sell plenty of this stuff, I have quite a few of my needlework ladies hooked on it.

I ordered a dozen pairs of cotton gloves from United, that way I always have a clean air or three around. Fingerprints can be a little stubborn to clean off, hence the gloves.

I save every little scrap and use even the narrow strips in a half n'half display piece. Or I use them in small readymades sporting family snaps.

Use it on a vintage photo with bevel accents, or Vicki Schober's faux fillets or something similar of your own and it will knock your socks off.

Oh yeah, do up MANY display pieces and it'll sell itself. I have at least 6 pieces framed in a half n'half fashion. That is the best selling tool of all.

edie the sellingstoolsr'us goddess
I'll be honest,

I have sold it but I don't keep it in stock. It is hard to work with and really if you are looking directly at the glass it is almost invisible but if you look at it from an angle it turns almost red.
I have a few pieces in the shop that have museum glass on them but they still get some reflection and it is always a blue green color.
It's just not my favorite. But if someone wants it I will sell it to them.

Hi Edie- TV has a great rebate program of $30 a box (through Mar 31 if I remember)and i think you need ti file quickly.

But for those that sell a ton of it, like Sherry and Edie, these rebates could be in the thousands.

We don't sell anywhere nears as much as they do, but those checks are sure fun to cash
Originally posted by J Phipps TN:
I'll be is almost invisible but if you look at it from an angle it turns almost red...they still get some reflection and it is always a blue green color...It's just not my favorite. But if someone wants it I will sell it to them.Jennifer
Have you taken home a framed piece with Museum Glass? Most frame shops and galleries have plenty of light from a LOT of sources, and therefore, lots of reflections are bouncing around.

But in normal room lighting conditions, where light is not so bright and comes from only a few sources, that glass is simply amazing.

Fun Fact: Ordinary glass transmits about 91% of light, but Museum Glass transmits 98% of light.
Thanks everyone!!
I am going to print out your responces and take them to work with me.