Pamper your finished projects! Give them some extra care: here is a list of materials necessary to keep them in the best condition.
Preserve wet techniques
Preserve dry media
- Alkaline base: introduced into paper at the point of manufacture, this substance (magnesium carbonate or calcium, for example) neutralizes the acidification of materials, prolonging their longevity. Once this reserve is used up, the paper must be changed.
- Neutral pH: the optimal acid level for conservation paper (near 7). Caution, neutral status of a paper does not always indicate quality: some containing impurities can become fragile, and cause the preserved work to become fragile, over time.
- Choose anti-fungal glues with a neutral pH over handmade recipes capable of transmitting their acidity to the works.
- Choose papers and card stock which optimize the preservation of the work.
- Make small openings in the corners of the packet to allow old prints to breathe.