There are many things you can do to ensure that your framed art remains in the same condition as the day you got it. You can reinforce staples and the structure of the frame, and you can even applying matting. Many framed art pieces, especially those that are older, have lost or damaged backing paper. This paper has the main purpose of preventing dust and excessive moisture from accumulating inside the frame and damaging the artwork.
Things You'll Need
- Double-sided acid-free tape
- Craft knife or box cutter
- Backing paper (available in rolls)
- Popsicle stick/craft stick
Cut a piece of backing paper that is roughly 2 inches longer and wider than the frame.
Remove any hanging hardware from the back of the frame. You may need to use a small screwdriver or claw hammer to remove finishing nails or screws.
Apply double-sided acid free tape along the edges of the back of the frame.
Place the backing paper onto the frame, lining the paper up as evenly as possible with the 2 extra inches hanging over.
Use the craft stick to press the backing paper to the tape and smooth it out so there are no wrinkles in the paper.
Use the craft knife or box cutter to trim away the excess paper. Use the outside edges of the frame as your cutting guide, making sure the sharp blade does not come in contact with the frame.
Reattach any hanging hardware, or replace it with new hardware.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not attach or reattach hanging hardware in the corner joints; this can cause separation and the frame can fall apart.
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