HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR ENCAUSTIC ARTWORK:
Encaustic wax is stable in a temperature range of approximately 40-120°F. Wax is more fragile in the cold and will begin to shift at 120°F. The wax begins to be workable at 150°F, and it becomes liquid at 162° F. Very hot days can soften the wax somewhat, but will cause no real damage as long as it isn't touched. If you must transport the painting in hot or cold weather simply first cover the entire wax surface with wax paper, then cardboard, and some form of insulation. When that painting is at room temperature remove the wax paper and unwrap the painting. When in hot weather the wax paper will stick to the surface but will cause no damage as long as it is removed at room temperature. Do not hang your art piece in direct sunlight. You should never put any fine art in direct sun, but with encaustic there could be more immediate consequences. The finish has a damar resin in its formula; this cures and hardens the wax over time making the photograph less vulnerable to damage. It's like varnishing the painting from within...so it doesn't need glass. If your art needs to be dusted, do so lightly with a soft material or something like a Swiffer dusting tool. Keep in mind that with any art work, touching it with bare hands should be avoided as it will leave behind oils which will attract dust and dirt, eventually deteriorating your artwork.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PLEXI-GLASS ARTWORK:
To get the maximum life out of your plexi-glass art piece, avoid using cleaning solutions that contains ammonia to clean the surface. Most popular general purpose cleaners will do more harm than good. Use only products specifically recommended for cleaning acrylic and a soft cloth. Do not use a dry cloth or your hand to clean your acrylic. Doing this rubs the dirt and dust into the surface. First, try to blow the dust or dirt off with air, then use a recommended cleaner to complete the job. Occasional use of a feather duster can help reduce dirt buildup. Do not hang your art piece in direct sunlight. You should never put any fine art in direct sun, but with acrylic there could be more immediate consequences. The heat of the direct sunlight can cause warping of the surface.
TIPS FOR HANGING YOUR ARTWORK:
A screw and washer combination is recommended for best results with pieces weighing 2 pounds or more. The screw should be placed in a wall stud whenever possible for security, especially if there is some weight to your art piece. The washer is an added precautionary measure to prevent the artwork from possibly being bumped off the edge of a screw or nail.