Very thin Chinese silk


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Nov 19, 2003
Orange County, CA
Client has just come back from China with a small piece of VERY THIN silk, on which a scene has been painted. It is so thin that it is transparent. The plan is to mount it on a pale gray mat to optimize the colors, and then mat and frame according to her particular fancy.

Now here’s the problem … the Chinese merchant has folded the art in half and then again in thirds so that it now has five parallel hard creases. What is the best way of minimizing the creases? All ideas will be much appreciated.
Hi Andrew,

I've just pressed them. I put them face down on a clean padded surface and then a quick press on the silk setting. No steam.

If it needs a bit of moisture, I'd suggest some sort of indirect humidity, so there's no chance of spitting -tidelines etc. I use Gore-tex, but a lightly spritzed towel or cloth placed face down, and your silk placed face up and covered with plastic for awhile might work.