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04-03-2016, 12:42 PM
I have recently had several enquiries from the USA about my commission work, I am wondering about regulations on sending framed artwork into the USA, obviously I would not be placing glass in the frame. Grateful for any advice.

water girl
04-03-2016, 02:14 PM
I don't know the regulations, but have you considered sending the matted painting, protected of course, without the frame? Just something to think about. Fantastic news that your work it attracting such attention.

04-03-2016, 04:30 PM
I agree. Why send pastels framed, without glass? I send mine unframed AND unmatted, sandwiched between 2 sheets of foamcore, with glassine protecting the pastel. Wrap in brown paper and the cost is from about 9.75 to 13 depending on the size. (With Royal mail)

04-05-2016, 08:37 PM
Ruth is right; no need to send frame or even mat. Her method of shipping is also good. You can send written information on how to safely frame pastels, and let the buyer decide for themselves what frame with or without matting they may want. Warning though, also tell them that under NO circumstances is the pastel work to be spray fixed by the framer or anyone else. They need to tell their framer that is not to be spray fixed. If the framer insists that must be done, they should look for a different framer as you will not return their money nor try to "fix" the damage done by the framer.

04-06-2016, 07:04 PM
This is what I send with mine

Care of Soft Pastel artwork

Until it is framed behind glass pastel artwork is quite delicate, in that, if it is rubbed or has anything scraped across it pigment will be lost and the picture could be spoiled.

I recommend that, until it is framed, you store the artwork with it's glassine protective cover in the foamboard packing it arrived in.

Pastels need to be framed under glass, usually with a mount (mat) which keeps the surface of the artwork separated from the glass.

Care must be taken when framing not to mishandle the artwork in the framing process as this could dislodge tiny amounts of pastel dust which may show on the mount or glass.

Framing is also possible without a mount, either against the glass or with spacers. Consult a professional framer who is used to framing pastels about the possibilities.

I do not use fixative on my pastels as it dulls the colour and flattens the texture. If you or your framer choose to spray the pastel with fixative you must accept responsibility for any resulting loss of colour or texture. When a pastel is finished I lightly tap the back of the paper to dislodge any loose dust. Once hanging in it's frame there should be no fall off of dust unless the picture is dropped or otherwise mishandled.

When hanging the picture avoid direct sunlight and large fluctuations in temperature, eg, on a wall above any type of fire or radiator.

Pastel pigment is long lasting pure colour and, properly protected, will retain it's colour and freshness for centuries. Unless hung in bright sunlight it should not fade like watercolour and the glass protection prevents the painting dulling over the years as oil paintings tend to.

I hope you will enjoy your pastel artwork for many years to come!