When sticking a postage stamp on an envelope, it doesn’t require much thought, but when framing a postage stamp as a tiny piece of art, now that’s a different story!
Postage stamps are delicate pieces of paper which need extra special care when being framed. To uphold its quality, whether framing one stamp, or a sheet of stamps, the correct tools and materials are needed, as well as specific mounting techniques.
You can certainly be imaginative when framing stamps. If you frame a single stamp, it could be put in a tiny frame, so it would be perfect in a doll house. Also, a large number of stamps could be framed together, or stamps could be framed with artwork or memorabilia.
Stamp collectors and stamp framers use a variety of tools to help protect mint-condition stamps. Stamp tongs, which are a flat-bladed, are used to handle stamps. Mounts, which are clear plastic sleeves with gummed backing, retain the adhesive gumminess of the stamps. It’s the most popular method for mint stamps. There’s also a special glue, an archival-quality adhesive, which is used on the mounts to completely keep the stamp firmly within the mount, especially for framed stamps.
If it’s not so important to you for the gumminess to stay intact on the back of the stamp, and you don’t care if the stamp can’t be removed from the paper you’re sticking it on, then the stamp’s own glue can be used for mounting.
The backs of the stamps can be lightly moistened, or the paper can be removed from self-sticking postal stamps.
Of course, archival materials are extremely important in preserving the paper and the color of the stamps. That means using acid free mat board and acid-free inks, and glass. Framing with glass will protect stamps from fading because it reduces the amount of ultraviolet light passing through. An additional precaution in preserving the framed stamps is to keep them out of all-day direct sunlight .
After taking all these steps of using archival framing materials and specialized tools, your postage stamp artwork is sure to be beautiful.