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ncwren

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on: April 29, 2014, 07:07:19 AM
I took my sand dune lesson in to have it framed since I am a bit intimidated in framing it myself. 
I had a little bit of an argument about whether or not they were going to spray it with Krylon Fixatif before framing.  I had told them I had already lightly sprayed it with Spectra Fix (milk casein) and not to use anything else.  The man helping me wanted to double check-his concern was static electricity on the glass attracting pastel dust.  The woman he checked with was wanting to spray it with gloss varnish (she is an art major).  :-\

I left instructions not to spray it with anything (having some second thoughts about leaving it there at all).

Is it necessary to prevent pastel dust getting on the glass to have it sprayed with fixative?  It was my understanding that some people never use fixative.

I just did not expect that to happen-they are the paid professionals.  :confused:
~Natalie

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dennis

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Reply #1 on: April 30, 2014, 01:01:40 PM
I won't go back them. Spray with a gloss varnish? Remember you get professionals and "professionals".

In all the years I've not had any trouble with static electricity attracting dust to the glass. The only time that will perhaps happen to a limited degree is when you try to clean the glass with a dry cloth. Always used a slightly damp cloth to do this. The dampness will NOT cause static at all.

Many artists never use fixative at all. I use it when I think it will be necessary - as I do in the classes. A final light spray will do no harm at all.

The biggest problem is the dust falling down when the picture is not handled carefully - hence the special double mat I have mentioned and explained previously.
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ncwren

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Reply #2 on: April 30, 2014, 09:48:29 PM
Thank you Dennis.
I was thrown off with the static electricity. Good to know.
~Natalie

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