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  • Thin lines present in laid paper created by the thin wires present in the paper mould/screen.
  • A paper that has an overall watermark of a grid pattern of intersecting wire marks from the screen on which the paper was made. This was the predominant paper used until the early 19th century.
  • A decorative pattern often adorning the sight edge or exterior edge of a profile that involves a tapered tongue shaped design.
  • A Chicago firm that is a full service fine-art digital house offering services ranging from film scanning, fine art printing, mounting and face mounting to acrylic. They provide services to clients, artists, galleries, frame shops, museums and corporate clientele.
  • Lines created with the overlap of sheets of gold leaf on a surface. Often used as a design element.
  • Ornamental relief design depicting laurel leaves and berries, sometimes accompanied with decorative straps.
  • Two design elements that create an alternating pattern that commonly adorn the site edge, or outer edge of a profile.
  • The individual bound sheets or pages within a textblock.
  • 18k Gold leaf that is composed of 75% Gold and 25% Silver. Often used for gilding decorative picture frames. The 25% silver content gives the leaf it’s a cooler slightly green appearance.
  • Frame moulding that is mass produced and finished in lengths. It is then cut down to the desired size and then joined. The mitres are visible at all corners. The majority of custom frame shops fabricate their frames in this manner.
  • Fade-resistant to UV rays present in sunlight. Refers to the pigments and dyes present in artist's materials, paper, matboards and fabric.
  • An organic substance found in plant and wood matter. Considered impure matter in paper pulp. Causes discoloration over time when contained in paper supports and mat board.
  • A frame molding used within the outer molding/frame. The liner may be covered with fabric, gilded or painted. The liner serves the same purpose as a mat: to enhance the artwork, as well as provide a visual space between the art and the frame.
  • The inner edge of the picture frame rabbet, under the face of the frame. The lip conceals the rabbet and provides an extension that keeps the artwork from simply falling through the front of the frame.
  • The natural edge of the wood that is incorporated in the furniture design.
  • A trademark name for clear acrylic glazing.

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