Preserve and display photographs using Plexiglas to enhance color sharpness and image clarity. This display technique is called face mounting. Light penetrates the Plexiglas differently than it does ordinary glass, creating less light diffusion. The focused light creates more intense colors in the photographs. With the right type of adhesive and backing material, you can mount photographs to Plexiglas and other types of acrylic. Professionals often glue the face of the photo to the acrylic, which requires special laminating tools to remove dust and air bubbles. If you mount the photo using a background mat, you'll achieve similar results at a much lower price.
Things You'll Need
- Glass cleaner
- Plexiglas, cut to size
- Clear silicone adhesive
Clean both sides of a Plexiglas sheet that is cut larger than the overall dimensions of the photograph with glass cleaner. Home improvement and hardware stores may cut the acrylic for you at an additional charge at the time of purchase.
Place a sheet of cardstock on a flat work surface. Center the clean sheet of Plexiglas on the cardstock. The cardstock should be as large as or larger than the Plexiglas. Handle the Plexiglas by the outside edges; do not touch the clean surface with your fingers.
Trace the outside edges of the Plexiglas onto the cardstock with a light pencil. Cut the cardstock to fit the Plexiglas.
Center the photograph face down on the Plexiglas. Spread a small amount of 100 percent clear drying silicone adhesive onto each of the four corners of the Plexiglas and onto the back center of the photograph. Spread a small amount of the same adhesive onto the center of each side of the acrylic, as close to the edge as possible.
Position and press the cut cardstock onto the Plexiglas behind the photo. Make sure that the cardstock is straight and covers the Plexiglas. Smooth the cardstock from the center out to all four sides and to the corners.
Place a book, a piece of wood or some other weighty object that is larger than the overall dimensions of the Plexiglas on top of the cardstock. Leave the weight on the Plexiglas overnight.