What Is Diasec Photo Mounting? Evolution Of Acrylic Face Mounting

You may have heard the term Diasec in your research of photo mounting and there is often some confusion about what it is.  Essentially, Diasec is a patented and trademarked process of acrylic face mounting first invented by Heinz Sovilla-Brulhart in 1969.  The process of adhering a print to acrylic without air bubbles, creating stunning color vibrancy, was first achieved by Heinz and the techniques used by several companies around the word today emulate the process.  However, the Diasec process uses patented adhesives and a proprietary process that is licensed by the company.

According to Wikipedia, the exclusive use of the diasec patent expired and the process can now be freely used without royalties. However, the name “Diasec” is a protected trademark held by the swiss company Alrane Inventing AG. The dutch company “Diasec Support BV”, has started in 2009 to support the swiss licensor by offering training and machines. Most if not all processes that face-mount photographic images to acrylic plates cannot use the same process as defined in the diasec patent. Only companies licensed by Alrane Inventing AG are legally allowed to call their process “diasec”.

Up until just a few years ago, the Diasec (or more generally acrylic face mount process), was for the most part only available in Europe, but it’s slowly made its way to the US and is becoming more widely accepted in galleries and studios across the country.  When we started Bumblejax three years ago there were companies offering the acrylic mount, but locating pricing and easily ordering online was non-existent.  For the first time you could easily find pricing and order a gallery quality acrylic face mount online at Bumblejax.  That was late 2009.

Over the past three years, more companies entered the market and began offering an acrylic product by printing directly onto the acrylic.  While it’s a novel idea and companies can offer it at a considerably cheaper price (it’s far less labor intensive), it’s not recommended if you want to display your work in a gallery setting or sell as an art piece on your website.  The reason for this is that it can not achieve the same color vibrancy that you get when you print the image on high quality paper then face mount behind the acrylic.  With the image mounted behind the acrylic, light refracts in such a way that makes the color pop and provides a near 3-D effect.  When proper gallery lighting is used, it almost appears as if the piece is illuminated from behind.  This can not be achieved with direct printing or glass in traditional frames.

At large sizes and further enhanced by printing on metallic paper, an acrylic face mount is unparalleled in the ability to provide that “wow” factor.  It truly adds value to an image that traditional frames and canvas prints can not.  Late last year, a new world record for the most expensive photo was recorded when an Andreas Gursky print sold for $4.3 million at auction.  How was it displayed?  You got it! With an acrylic face mount.

If you’re looking for a high quality acrylic print, you’ve come to the right place.  At Bumblejax we use a mounting technique that uses OptiMount Ultra which is a double-sided, optically clear pressure-sensitive mounting adhesive for face mounting the inkjet print to the acrylic.  The adhesive features UV absorbers to protect images from fading
and creates a permanent bond.  We’re a boutique shop based in Seattle that focuses on nothing but modern photo mounting and every photo mount is checked closely for quality before getting out the door.  We have over 100 rave reviews from our happy customers.  If you’d like to see more details on our process please see our detailed acrylic mounting product page here.


Acrylic Face Mount Proofs Now Available!

We have been providing steep discounts on samples for our pro photographer customers for some time now, but we also wanted to provide a way for anyone to get a look at the very popular acrylic product at a very affordable price.  What we’re doing is offering an acrylic product proof without the dibond backer and hanging hardware.  This allows us to offer acrylic face mount proofs at 7×7, 12×9 or 15×10 (the most common ratios at smallest sizes) at a fraction of the price.

Here’s how pricing breaks down…

7×7 – $19  ($40 off regular price)
12×9 – $29 ($70 off regular price)
15×10 – $39 ($80 off regular price)

(these prices reflect a mount without metallic paper)

This provides a great way to see the quality of work and how your print will look behind acrylic.


Sister Site ArtPrintstopia.com Launches! Art Prints Mounted To Acrylic, Bamboo & Aluminum

We are pleased to announce the launch of our sister site ArtPrintstopia which is a curated gallery of international artists offering prints mounted by Bumblejax to Acrylic, Bamboo, Aluminum & Foam. The gallery will feature photography, iPhoneography, illustrations, paintings and digital art from artists all over the world. As far as we know it’s the only gallery offering modern mounting and we think you’ll love the art we have featured with much more to come! If you’d like to be featured, head on over to ArtPrintstopia.com and submit a support request. We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to accept everyone to be featured in the gallery, but if you have a unique style give us a shout. We’d love to hear from you.

How Do I Clean My Acrylic Print?

Cleaning your acrylic print can be done in two ways really and whatever you do ALWAYS use a very soft micro fiber cloth.  You can simply use a damp cloth and for deeper cleaning, it depends on the acrylic type you have purchased.

Standard Acrylic:  this requires a special cleaner called Brillianize (we sell the kit with the cleaner and cloth for $10).  For removing fine scratches and polishing you can use the Novus products.  Other cleaners such as Windex should not be used on our standard acrylic.

TruLife Acrylic: this acrylic offers some benefits over our standard acrylic such as a little more UV protection, about 20% glare reduction and scratch resistance.  This acrylic does not require a special cleaner and any non-ammonia cleaner such as Windex can be used.



New! Gallery Quality Art From Your Hipstamatic & Instagram iPhone Photos

It’s now possible to create gallery quality wall art from your Hipstamatic & Instagram iPhone photos here at Bumblejax.com!  We now offer a few smaller square sizes at 7×7, 12×12 and 18×18 to accommodate these iPhone apps and hopefully soon we’ll be able to offer 24×24 wall art once they upgrade their software for the new iPhone just released.  We’ve worked up a few samples here at the shop which you can see below.  They look terrific on all the materials and would be a great addition in any room.

NEW! We are now fully integrated with Instagram which means you can now directly import your photos from Instagram into our configuration screen.

You may Configure your order here !

For more information, check out our dedicated page.

Joe Fenton’s Amazing “Solitude” Face Mounted On Plexi, Printed On Metallic

Hard at work: Joe Fenton creating his detailed piece titled SolitudeIllustrator Joe Fenton is an incredibly patient and passionate artist from Brooklyn, New York.  His “Solitude” piece consumed him for 10 hours a day, 7 days a week for 10 months, and when you see the detail of this amazing piece you’ll understand why.

‘It took courage to start it as I had never done anything that size before. As you can imagine, you have to invest a lot of your time to complete something like this.  I just had to believe in my process and have faith that it would work out!’ (via Daily Mail)

We just finished up a small sample piece for Joe printing on metallic paper and face mounting the digital reproduction behind 1/8” acrylic with dibond (aluminum composite) backing.  Hope you like it Joe!  Video and pictures never do these justice but nonetheless here’s a video of the piece.  A large scale piece taking up a wall would be spectacular.

Game Changing Digital Camera Lytro Technology Is Coming

lytrocamera Out of focus digital images may soon be a thing of the past thanks to game changing technology from Silicon startup Lytro.  The company has found a way to adjust the focus of a digital image after the picture has been taken.  Lytro founder and CEO Ren Ng first explained the concept in a 2006 doctoral dissertation at Stanford University and has been able to take the idea from theory to application with a release of the first consumer camera slated for later this year.

The Lytro camera will capture far more light data from many more angles than a current camera does with a special sensor called a micolens array.  Sophisticated software allows the user to use the data points to manipulate the image in a variety of ways including eliminating any blur.  One big advantage of this technology is that the action shot can be much quicker.  No more waiting for the camera to focus which often times results in the shot being lost.  The camera will also capture enough data for 3-D images which could be viewed with 3-D glasses on a TV or PC.  No word on the pricing of this camera yet which will initially be sold through online retailers such as Amazon as well as the Lytro website.  This looks like exciting technology and I can’t wait for the reviews to come in.  We may have to purchase one for the Bumblejax shop and write up our own review!