Can we handle Animation Cels? Unframed Animation Cels should be handled as little as possible, preferably not at all. When handling your cel, it would be best to use clean cloth gloves. With or without gloves, cels are best handled by the edges.
Where can I store an unframed Animation Cel? Store it upright, in a cool room, away from sources of direct heat or sunlight. Cels seem to store better in moderate
humidity: not too dry and not too moist. Do NOT store in a Kitchen, bathroom, loft or cellar, unless properly insulated.
Where should I not hang a framed piece of Art? Do not hang any art where direct sunlight can cross it and neither hand it above a radiator. Watch for hot-spots reflected from glass tables; it can be just as damaging as direct sunlight.
If there is a high amount of reflected sunlight, you will want to make sure your cel is framed with a UV-reflective material.
Can I clean an Animation Art Cel myself? No, under any circumstances, do not attempt to clean a cel yourself.
Leave this to the professionals such as your framer, who can remove minor smudges and other imperfections, and they should do so with extreme care.
How should I frame my artwork? Always frame your art with the highest quality materials. Use acid-free mats and backing, especially for framing drawings or other, paper based artwork.
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Paul Callis is the proprietor of Premier Animation, a respected Animation Art Gallery in the UK . Paul’s passion for Animation Art, has helped collectors unable to source this fine medium, own pieces of art they thought were impossible to locate, and allowing many unknown to this specialized art form, gain great knowledge and understanding.
You can visit Paul’s web site, and see his fantastic collection at http://www.premieranimation.com , as well as reading his information and comments on animation art.