Tip for Protecting Works Under Glass

Protecting Plexiglas and glass from fingerprints and scratches during storage and transport is a big concern for many artists. My solution is a homemade flannel bag I make on my sewing machine. To make your own bag start by measuring the frame, then add five inches for frame depth and seam allowance. Place the wrong sides of the material together, measure and cut. Next, sew a pocket the size of an index card onto the bag. (You can put a card with information about you and the painting in this pocket.) Double stitch one-inch seams on three sides of the bag, and then finish the seams with pinking shears to prevent raveling. For fastening, add ribbons or Velcro.

Mark Gottsegen is an associate professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and chair of the ASTM subcommittee on artist’s materials.


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