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Icon Styles and Finishes

We are often asked, "What is the difference between Classic and Masterpiece icons?" Continue reading below to learn more.


The Legacy Icons Difference

Our mission is to create timeless icons that will last a lifetime, and this is our guarantee. Unlike other icon duplications, our prints have been environmentally tested to resist degradation and fading for at least 80 to 100 years. We do not laminate our icons, as lamination can destabilize the chemical properties of the image and damage it over time.


Masterpiece Icon

Our Masterpiece Icon boards, available in selected sizes, are individually handmade in our wood shop from high-quality poplar lumber grown in renewable American hardwood forests. They are then sanded and painted by hand, and a keyhole is cut into the back for easy hanging.

Natural wood absorbs moisture from the air, and so it expands and contracts with the humidity. For this reason, every Masterpiece board is fitted with slats to prevent warping. These slats are made in the traditional manner, without glue or nails. They add a beautiful, hand-crafted feel to the icons, while also serving an important function.

Your chosen icon image is printed on fine-quality cotton canvas in a controlled lab environment, using a special process which took over a decade to perfect. After the image is joined to the board, we apply a series of custom sealants to protect the image from fading, sun damage, and ozone.

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Classic Icon

Our Classic Icon boards are individually handmade in our wood shop from durable, warp-resistant MDF boards with a real wood veneer on the back. They are then sanded and painted by hand. A keyhole is cut into the back for easy hanging.*

Your chosen icon image is printed on fine-quality paper in a controlled lab environment, using a special process which took over a decade to perfect.

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Archival Paper Prints

Suitable for framing and other uses, Archival Paper Prints are printed on fine-quality paper in a controlled lab environment, using a special process which took over a decade to perfect. We then apply a series of custom sealants to protect the image from fading, sun damage, and ozone.


Summary

  Masterpiece Icon Classic Icon Archival Paper Prints
Board Handmade from 100% natural poplar, with cross-slats (MDF for large Cathedral sizes) Handmade from MDF with real wood veneer No board
Sizes Medium to Cathedral All sizes All sizes
Print Canvas Archival paper Archival paper
Hanger Hardware Keyhole slot (Hardware for Cathedral size) No hanger

Protective Wax

Our exclusive Protective Wax option is available on our Classic and Masterpiece icons. It is made in-house from beeswax, a mixture which binds with the pores in the wood to help prevent moisture from entering and causing the wood to warp. It also adds an attractive luster to the wood.

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* Mini Icons do not include a keyhole. Certain promotional offers may also not include a keyhole.