[alt-photo] Re: Anti-reflective glaze
pfriedrichsen at sympatico.ca
pfriedrichsen at sympatico.ca
Wed Nov 28 00:29:01 GMT 2012
A framer that I talked to recently provided me a price of about
$40.00 for "museum glass" over and above a standard plate glass
glazing. This is for a 9" x 15" piece. The glass is made by Schott
under their brand name MIROGARD. It uses some type of sol-gel dipping
process for the AR coating. There are different degrees of UV
filtering offered in addition to the AR coating. This would not be a
great expense if the prints can justify it.
At 01:52 PM 19/11/2012, you wrote:
> >From my experience, I think there is a "good" and "bad"
> anti-reflective glass. "Museum Glass" (made by Tru Vue, I think)
> is really pretty spectacular stuff-- and that is what museums use,
> I believe. The downside is, it's totally unaffordable for the
> individual who does not have access to a substantial trust
> fund. Someone told me that the manufacturer has a patent on it,
> which is why it's so expensive. Not sure-- but I have bought it
> for very small pieces, because it really is like looking at a print
> that hasn't been glazed at all. If I could afford it, that's all
> I'd ever buy. And then there's the anti-reflective (or,
> anti-glare) glass that seems to have a coating over it, so it feels
> like you're having to wade through a slight film to see the
> image. I think it might have a color cast to it as well. It's
> affordable, but pretty horrible stuff. I'd never use
> it. Personally, I'd rather use regular glass with all its glare
> than use that stuff.
>I did have a show of alt process work a while ago, where I did not
>use glass at all. The work was matted and framed traditionally, but
>no glass. It turned out fine, and I actually had more people asking
>about my work at the opening than I've ever had; I can only believe
>that's because I didn't use any glazing. If doing that and using
>mat-board, an 8-ply mat would be preferable; otherwise, a 4-ply
>would buckle under changes in humidity. But my prints and mats came
>back in pristine shape, so you could think about doing that, too.
>I've been on the search for getting away from traditional matting,
>glazing, and framing for what seems like eons now. Still found no
>On Nov 19, 2012, at 1:04 PM, Peter Friedrichsen wrote:
> > Just wondering if anyone is willing to share opinions on the use
> of anti-reflective glass for use as a glazing.
> > I seem to be getting mixed responses. One person suggests that
> their framer doesn't recommend it.
> > What glass should one look for to produce optimum results? Is the
> AR coating easily scratched? Easily cleaned?
> > I see it used in museums and galleries so someone must be happy
> with it, in contrast to the comment I mentioned above.
> > Maybe there is good and bad AR glass?
> > Anyone?
> > Peter
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