Storing prints flat

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Postby WaldoTron on Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:15 pm

Hi all,

Apologies for my newbieness but I'm looking for some advice. I've started to buy a number of screen prints from Mondo/Acidfree Gallery etc and I'm looking for something to store them flat in while I look into framing them. The majority of them are 24" x 36" so I'm looking for something in the A0 region. Also, should I try and find clear polyester pockets or would acid free tissue suffice etc.

Any information to safely store the artwork would be awesome and much appreciated.

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Postby CaptNemo on Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:08 pm

Stack on a table
Acid free box under the bed
2 large pieces of foamcore clipped together
Or:http://www.jerrysartarama.com/picturesque-pro-presentation-cases
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Postby Grateful69Phish on Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:13 am

Or just a couple sheets of plexi glass
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Postby zeuscarver on Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:37 pm

As much as I hate the terminology, this is a good solution : http://jonathanfongstyle.com/flat-file-storage-ikea-hack/ . for 24x36 they only fit on the top level (feet get in way otherwise) but 1 or 2 levels tall will give you a lot of options. only takes an hour or so to build. Layer in acid-free paper/glassine, boom
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Postby WaldoTron on Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:35 pm

Many thanks for the suggestions guys. Due to lack of space in my apartment I'm thinking it'll have to be a acid free box for under the bed. Can anyone recommend one in particular? Cheers
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Postby Rcpstb on Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:13 pm

Thanks for posting that, such a good idea
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Postby LarryForsyth on Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:00 pm

I had the same space issue in my old place.

I simply bought a sheet of MDF wood slightly bigger than 36"x24", drilled holes in all four corners and suspended it from the bed slats with string. Not only did it keep it off the floor and free from dust, it allowed me to still use under the bed for additional storage of shoes, since I could adjust to my liking how far the wood was suspended from the slats.
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Postby fallstaff on Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:08 pm

WaldoTron wrote:Many thanks for the suggestions guys. Due to lack of space in my apartment I'm thinking it'll have to be a acid free box for under the bed. Can anyone recommend one in particular? Cheers


I have a number of archival museum boxes from Archival Methods. http://www.archivalmethods.com/product/ ... -front-box. No place for a conventional flat file but these work out fine.
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Postby AZD on Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:10 pm

http://www.dickblick.com/archival/storage/

That's a great place to look. I use the lineco museum boxes and love them. But I don't think thy make 24x36 and up.

Also, on Amazon....
Adorama Archival 24x36" Print Storage Box, Drop Front Design, 24 1/2x36 1/2x3" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E3LPJJO/re ... Rxb8C612J5
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Postby WaldoTron on Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:24 am

Again, thanks all for the great advice and solutions. Does anyone use anything like this or would it be overkill?

http://www.preservationequipment.com/Ca ... -Pockets-2
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Postby AZD on Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:10 am

Yeah. I use bags like that inside of the archival box.
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Postby SPAC04 on Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:09 am

Grateful69Phish wrote:Or just a couple sheets of plexi glass


i store anything smaller than 18x24 this way, two sheets of plexi with binder clips (rice paper intervals), anything bigger goes in a 30x40 frame stacked with rice paper... I need a Flat File.
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Postby gwelymernans on Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:44 pm

I've been storing my print between two 30x40 acid-free foam core boards (or whatever the standard size is, I forget), with each print separated by a sheet of glassine. So like

Foam core - print - glassine - print - glassine - print -foam core

With some artist's tape holding the foam core boards together. This lies flat, of course.

Any thoughts on this setup?
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