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Cracked picture

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by bobtnailer, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. bobtnailer

    bobtnailer CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Howdy, y'all!

    I just got this little project, and I need some advice on it.

    The print is about 30 years old, and as you can see from the picture, the paper is dry and cracked. It's only this way at the top of the picture - the damage extends about 8-9" from the top (24" x 36" overall size). It has apparently been rolled up for most of that time, as the paper really resists being unrolled.

    It isn't a paper that I've seen before. It's thicker than "normal" photo paper, but not quite as thick / stiff as card stock.

    It's the only print like this that she has; it's of her parents in the 1930s. She can't afford to have an expensive process / restoration done. She asked us to frame it just to keep it from suffering any more damage.

    I don't have a vacuum press (or space for one)....the only thing I have that will flatten a piece is MountCor. I didn't want to even TOUCH this until I got some input from the Guru Squad here!

    Any words of wisdom / instruction for your pet rookie?



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  2. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    The cause, the print was rolled too tight for too long in an improper environment. The solution, we are not magicians there are limitations to our profession. The least expensive solution, make a digital copy that can be digitally restored then printed and mounted
    Dave, Rick Granick, artfolio and 2 others like this.
  3. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    What Jerome said. ^^^^^ :rolleyes:

    If they don't want to pay for the copy to be retouched/restored, at least they have a copy that can be restored at a later date.
    Tricky to scan it. It would need a reasonably skilled photographer to light it correctly to avoid reflections.

    Under no circumstances try to 'improve' the original. If you make it worse (likely) then there's no going back.
    Don't let the customer's problem become your problem.

    If they insist on framing it, then float mount it. Treat it as a 3D object. Don't try to flatten it.
  4. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Amen to all of the above.

    Saying "I want this framed but I don't want to spend a lot of money...." is a bit like saying "I want a cheap Lamborghini"

    Definitely, refer her to a good photographer/printer to get it scanned, cleaned up in Photoshop or similar and then frame the copy. If you want to really be nice, make her a folder or storage box out of some museum grade matt offcuts so she can store the original safely.

    Framing the original, even behind museum glass, is going to accelerate its already advanced deterioration.
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