Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mounting Artwork by Drilling and Sleeving
Another way to mount an art object is by using the drilling and sleeving method. There are some objects that benefit from being drilled prior to mounting. The piece is usually drilled from the bottom or the back on a non artistic surface. 1...0-31 Inc. always recommends putting a sleeve into the object. This is the conservatorally sound way of mounting the piece so it can be removed from its base and helps to keep the piece from being worn down or damaged from removing it from the base. It is not recommended to permanently attach the object to a base since it could reduce the value. This method has a very clean look. Stone, wood, metal, clay or terracotta can be drilled. Some stone is very hard to drill making it more expensive because of the time it takes. Terracotta can be very fragile and needs to be drilled delicately. Drilling always has its risks, so it is best to use someone with experience. 10-31 Inc. has been drilling artifacts for over 25 years and has the experience and equipment to do the job correctly.
Drilling and screwing is a similar procedure but is usually done from the back. The piece would be drilled to allow lead or brass fittings to be placed so that screws can be placed into them.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mounting artwork using armatures
Art, collectibles, and artifacts can be mounted in many ways. Each object has its own unique properties requiring a solution to hold it securely and look aesthetically pleasing, with a good balance between security and aesthetics.
One way t...o mount an object is the Armature.
There are, for the most part, two basic materials for an armature; metal and acrylic. Acrylic can be nice in some situations especially if you are mounting something that you can see through because it is clear. The drawback with using acrylic is it takes a much thicker material to get the same strength as metal would in a smaller size.

Acrylic armatures are bent by heating the acrylic until it gets soft and bendable. Metal armatures are more common because they can be of a smaller material size making them less noticeable and provide a professional clean look. The armature is bent to match the curves of what it is holding and is placed somewhere on the piece to support it safely but should be out of sight as much as possible. Usually this armature comes from the back or from underneath, whichever works best to support the object. Sometimes an object is floated off of its base and sometimes it looks better to have it resting right on the base. Often, where the tips of the armature are visible, they are painted so they do not stand out. If the object is soft, a plastic coating is put on the tips to protect the object. Very small and fragile items can be mounted with very small diameter metal. Very large and heavy objects will use thicker, stronger metal. Usually steel or brass is used.
 10-31 Inc. has been making custom armatures for artifacts for over 25 years for hundreds of galleries, museums, universities, auction houses, and private collectors. The very knowledgeable staff are ready to assist you in choosing the right solution for your pieces.
 Art Display Essentials carries a stock armature that you can bend yourself making it a stock to custom approach you can use to mount an object. You can see those items here: See More

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


 Q-Cord barriers around a US Mail stage coach at the Wells Fargo History Museum in California. The Q-Cord barriers have two retractable cords and are ADA compliant. They are available at More info at