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How to Get a Picture That Is Stuck on a Glass Frame Off

Preserve your treasured family photographs.
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Framed photographs of treasured friends and family is a common addition to any home. However, over time pictures may stick to glass frames, making them difficult to remove without damaging. This usually happens because of moisture that softens the gelatin in the photograph, which makes it stick to glass frames. With a few household items, you can remove the photo without damaging it.

Things You'll Need:

  • Shallow container
  • Distilled water
  • Thin spatula
  • Towel
  • Paperweights

Place the photo and glass frame into a shallow container with the image facing up.

Fill the container with distilled water and place the photo and frame in water. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes.


Place the photograph and glass frame on dry towels to blot away excess moisture. Insert a thin spatula between the photograph and the frame and slowly peel away the photo.


Place the photograph on another dry towel. Place paperweights on the edges of the photo to weigh the photograph down as it dries. This will prevent the photograph from having curled edges.


Insert the photograph into another frame when it has thoroughly dried.

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