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Concert tickets

DS

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
I have a customer that wants two concert tickets framed. He would like to be able to see the entire ticket, therefore putting a mat over them is out. What would be the best way to mount these tickets so that he could remove them without damage at a later time?
Thanks,
Dan
 
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tedh

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Jim Miller

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Event tickets are usually cheaply-printed and do not age well, so I generally recommend framing good-quality digital reproductions, and keeping the original tickets in safe storage. Sometimes they are placed in a Mylar envelope on the dustcover.

If you frame reproductions, then preservation is no longer a concern, so you will have more latitude in the design, materials, and methods in the framing. These features could result in lower-cost framing, which might offset the cost of the reproductions.

Check carefully to see if the tickets have any thermal printing on them - often the row & seat number are printed that way. If so, inform your customer that exposure to any light probably would cause the text to fade quickly.
 

DS

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Corners. Full-view corners from Lineco.
Thanks for the info.
Event tickets are usually cheaply-printed and do not age well, so I generally recommend framing good-quality digital reproductions, and keeping the original tickets in safe storage. Sometimes they are placed in a Mylar envelope on the dustcover.

If you frame reproductions, then preservation is no longer a concern, so you will have more latitude in the design, materials, and methods in the framing. These features could result in lower-cost framing, which might offset the cost of the reproductions.

Check carefully to see if the tickets have any thermal printing on them - often the row & seat number are printed that way. If so, inform your customer that exposure to any light probably would cause the text to fade quickly.
Morning Jim,
The customer really would like the original event tickets on display.
Any ideas as to what I could now do?
Thanks😀
 

Jim Miller

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Well, if you're sure that the customer is making an informed decision, then the best you can do is frame them as he asks. But since he wants to "...remove them without damage at a later time", my guess is that he's making an uninformed decision. In my limited experience, customers who reject the idea of framing reproductions and insist on framing originals assume three things incorrectly about such things as tickets, photos, and other items that can be easily reproduced.

1. The reproductions wouldn't look as good as the originals. In most cases that is wrong; good quality reproductions usually are indistinguishable from the originals when they're new.

2. The originals would endure longer in the display. Probably wrong again; after a few years, when the originals would be discolored/faded/brittle & deteriorated from light exposure, well-made reproductions would still look like new. The originals would last much longer in dark, sealed storage.

3. Good reproductions would be expensive. Probably not, as the cost of reproduction often can be offset by the savings of non-preservation, simpler framing.

Anyway, if you absolutely have to frame the originals in order for him to "...remove them without damage at a later time", I suggest you use 99% UV filtering glass or acrylic; PPFA Class I (Museum; 100% cotton fiber) or PPFA Class II (Conservation; virgin alpha cellulose) boards throughout the framing package; and no adhesive of any kind in direct contact with the tickets.

Mounting is the tricky part. If he wants easy access, then you could place each ticket in a reverse-beveled, back-to-back mat window, so that the ticket's edges are captured between the bevels; that is, the mat windows would need to be very precisely sized. Also, use turnbuttons for the frame closure, so he can open & reclose the frame.

If the frame is to be closed as usual, then I suggest you use a Mylar-D overlay or encapsulation for each ticket.
 
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DS

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Well, if you're sure that the customer is making an informed decision, then the best you can do is frame them as he asks. But since he wants to "...remove them without damage at a later time", my guess is that he's making an uninformed decision. In my limited experience, customers who reject the idea of framing reproductions and insist on framing originals assume three things incorrectly about such things as tickets, photos, and other items that can be easily reproduced.

1. The reproductions wouldn't look as good as the originals. In most cases that is wrong; good quality reproductions usually are indistinguishable from the originals when they're new.

2. The originals would endure longer in the display. Probably wrong again; after a few years, when the originals would be discolored/faded/brittle & deteriorated from light exposure, well-made reproductions would still look like new. The originals would last much longer in dark, sealed storage.

3. Good reproductions would be expensive. Probably not, as the cost of reproduction often can be offset by the savings of non-preservation, simpler framing.

Anyway, if you absolutely have to frame the originals in order for him to "...remove them without damage at a later time", I suggest you use 99% UV filtering glass or acrylic; PPFA Class I (Museum; 100% cotton fiber) or PPFA Class II (Conservation; virgin alpha cellulose) boards throughout the framing package; and no adhesive of any kind in direct contact with the tickets.

Mounting is the tricky part. If he wants easy access, then you could place each ticket in a reverse-beveled, back-to-back mat window, so that the ticket's edges are captured between the bevels; that is, the mat windows would need to be very precisely sized. Also, use turnbuttons for the frame closure, so he can open & reclose the frame.

If the frame is to be closed as usual, then I suggest you use a Mylar-D overlay or encapsulation for each ticket.
Again thanks. I'll see which way he wants to go.
Dan
 
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