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Glass and Plexi

Glass and Acrylic Glazing

Protecting your artwork

Glass vs. Arcylic


Glass Pros Arcylic Pros
+Very Rigid
+Easy to clean
+Less expensive
+Shatter resistant
+Much lighter
+Slightly clearer
+Safer to work with
Glass Cons Arcylic Cons
-Easily breakable
-Potentially dangerous
-Not sold over 11x14 (by MatShop)
-Scratch prone (see: plexi handling)
-Can bow on larger pieces
-Issues with static (not ideal for some art mediums)

Once you have chosen a type of glazing, it's necessary to choose between the following characteristics.


Standard or Conservation?
Conservation glazing comes with UV protection (up to 97%). This protects against the harmful light that will fade your artwork and mats. The extra cost of conservation glazing may not be necessary if all other components are not conservation.


Clear or Non-Glare?
This is a matter of preference and location. If you have an overhead light or a window in front, reflections might be a problem. Non-glare diffuses the light, but can give a matte or hazy look.

Using direct light, the following example shows how it is diffused in non-glare glazing:

Clear Glazing
Reflections clear and objects visible. Sharper picture.
Non-Glare Glazing
Light is diffused. Reflections disappear. Slight loss in sharpness.

Example uses our #1030 synthetic moulding and a Textured Black Essentials single mat. Artwork is 'Arizona Sunshine' by Maggie Owen.



To read more on choosing between acrylic and glass, visit our sister site, The V Groove.

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