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GENERAL RESTORATION ARTICLES

 

From The Getty Museum
The Collections
 
GENERAL ANTIQUE INFORMATION

Style Guide
A comprehensive style guide

 


There are numerous ways of having your antiques valued. Make sure you make the right choice with   valuations guide.


Care of your antiques
Furniture

CLEANING
SCRATCHES
REPAIRS
HOUSEKEEPING

Pottery
HANDLING
DISPLAYING
CLEANING
PACKING



Silver
HOW TO MEND A KNIFE
CLEANING CANDLESTICKS

Glass


Jewellery


Rugs
CLEANING
Textiles
HANDLING
CLEANING
STORING


Dolls
REPAIRS
DISPLAYING
CLEANING
STORING


Toys
HANDLING
DISPLAYING
CLEANING
REPAIRS

STORING

Arms
HANDLING
CLEANING
REPAIRING

STORING

Other
MOUNTING PHOTOGRAPHS
PICTURE FRAMING
STORAGE & MOVING


 

Antique Alchemy

A R T I C L E D I R E C T O R Y
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ALABASTER / ALUMINUM / BOOKS / BOTTLES / BRASS / BRONZE / CANDLES / CARVINGS / CHINA & PORCELAIN / CLOCKS / COPPER &BRASS / CRYSTAL & GLASSWARE
DOLLS & TEDDY BEARS / FURNITURE & WOOD PRODUCTS / GOLD /GRANITEWARE / HORN / IRON & STEEL / IVORY / JEWELRY / LEATHER / LAMPS / LINENS / NEEDLEWORK & TEXTILES / MAGAZINES / MARBLE / STEEL / MIRRORS
MISCELLANEOUS / NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES / NICKELWARE / PAINTINGS / PAPER / PENS & PENCILS / PEWTER / PHONOGRAPH RECORDS / PHOTOGRAPHS / POTTERY / PRINTS / SILVER / SOAPSTONE / STATUARY & CARVINGS / TEXTILES / TINWARE / TORTOISESHELL VARNISHING & PAINTING / WOODENWARE

 


Doll Hair Care
Lace Restoration
Cleaning Paintings
Framing Art Work
Liquidating an Estate
Humidity & Fine Objects
 

 A Brief History of Mirrors

FAQs - Mirror Resilvering
 
Index:

1.How much does it cost?
2.How do I know if my mirror needs resilvering?
3.What about touching up small areas or spots?
4.My large bathroom mirror has deterioration on the bottom edge? 5.Where can I get the silver paint to touch up a mirror myself?
6.Does Reflections Again sell mirror resilvering supplies?
7.What about damage on the surface of the mirror?
8.How should the mirror be delivered to Reflections Again?
9.Will Reflections Again remove and replace the mirror from its frame?
10.Resilver or buy new mirror?
11.Will the value of the mirror be destroyed if it is resilvered?
12.Is there any risk involved in mirror resilvering?
13.How will the resilvered mirror turn out?
14.How long will the silvering last?
15.Can you resilver auto rear view mirrors?
16.Can we ship you our car mirror?
17.Can other things be silvered?
18.Can you resilver telescope mirrors?
19.I need a mirror front surface silvered. Do you do that?
20.Can mirrors be shipped?
21.What does the resilvering process involve?
22.I want to change a mirror into a clear piece of glass. What can I do?
23.Where can I find old mirrors?
24.How do you remove water spots from a mirror?

The Online Encyclopedia of Marks of American Coin Silversmiths and Sterling Silver Manufacturers
 

Techniques in Glass Gilding

Overview and materials

Fundamental methods

Additional methods and embellishment

Miscellaneous techniques

  • Marbling - Painted faux finishes, great for backgrounds
  • Etched Glass - Gilding on sandblasted or acid etched
  • Glue-Chipped glass - How it's done and how to gild it
  • Mirrors - paints and silvering issues when creating decorative mirrors.


Material Safety Data Sheet Searches
Preserving Works on Paper: Manuscripts, Drawings, Prints, Posters, Maps, Documents

Handling Books in General Collections 

 

United Artworks Web Site

 

CASTING

Hydrostone Plaster

Cheapest Molds fromClay Models

Alternatives to Polyester resin?

What is lost wax casting, and how is it done?

What can I do about air bubbles in my plaster castings?

What is "Cast Marble"?

What is better, acrylic or epoxy?

How do you take molds of living people?

Forton MG- what's that?

CARVING

What is meant by fossil ivory- can you carve it?

How do you work with amber?

Is soapstone safe to carve?

How can I cut a slab of stone?

Can I carve stone without a lot of tools?

Is green wood good for carving?

SURFACE TREATMENTS

Mosaics- the classical technique

What about Patinas for Steel?

Green Patinas on Non-ferrous Alloys

Making Home-made Paint

Solution to Acrylic Paint Drying Too Fast

How does one use gold leaf?

How can I make a plaster sculpture resemble bronze?

Green Patinas on Non-ferrous Alloys

Wies Norberg's Water Gilding FAQ

 

WINSOR & NEWTON

 Contents

The terminology of colour theory

The practical applications of colour theory

Practical tips: Getting results!

 

How To Restore Antique Radios

Cabinet Restoration

Chassis Restoration 

 

STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE  Great resource
Leather Staining, Dyeing and Decorating
Leather 'Bloom' - Causes and Remedies
TIPS FOR THE CARE OF WATER-DAMAGED FAMILY
HEIRLOOMS AND OTHER VALUABLES
 

Non-Toxic Fumigation & Alternative Control Techniques for Preserving Cultural/Historic Properties & Collections

Mold and Mildew: Prevention of Microorganism Growth In Museum Collections

Creepy Things

Paper Degradation by Air Pollution

Books have the same enemies as people: fire, animals, weather and their own content

Paper Related Damages

Looking at Prints -- Conservation Issues

Damage to Book Covers

Packaging the American Word
Care, Handling and Storage of Books
Guide to Preservation Matting and Framing
Leather Dressing
Accelerated Aging of Paper: Can it Really Foretell thePermanence of Paper
THE INVASION OF THE GIANT SPORE
Cleaning old hooked rugs
Care of Valuable Possessions: China, Earthenware, Glass and Marble
Alice Mae Alexander
Department of Environmental Design, University of Missouri-Columbia
Care of Valuable Possessions: Furniture, Tapestries, Rugs, Textiles, Paintings,   Prints and Books
Care of Valuable Possessions: China, Earthenware, Glass and Marble
Alice Mae Alexander
Department of Environmental Design, University of Missouri-Columbia
Care of Valuable Possessions: Furniture, Tapestries, Rugs, Textiles, Paintings,   Prints and Books
How to Frame Pictures.

An Interview with Richard Newman,
Rug Restorer by Carl Strock
This article appeared in Oriental Rug Review, Vol. 15/6

Considerations of Oriental Rug Restoration
by Holly Smith-Reynolds
This article appeared in Oriental Rug Review, Vol. 15/6
Detecting Frauds and Repairs on Oriental Rugs with Ultraviolet Light
Philip R. Lichtman
From Oriental Rug Review, Vol. 15/6

Materials and Techniques

A Simple Book Repair
I.INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
A. Guiding Principles of Book Repair
B.Parts of a Book
C.Setting Up the In-House Repair Area
D.Some General Guidelines and Practical Advice
II.IDENTIFICATION OF MATERIALS APPROPRIATE FOR IN-HOUSE REPAIR III.TEN SIMPLE REPAIRS
Self-closing Wrapper
Book Cleaning and Erasing Pencil Marks
Torn Pages
Tipping in a Single Page
Hinge Repair
Corner Cover Repair
Binding a Single Signature Pamphlet
New Spine with Original Spine Remounted
Wet Books-the Air Dry Method
Hinge Tightening

 

HOT TIPS ON HOUSE RESTORATION
GUIDELINES FOR HOUSE RESTORERS AND RENOVATORS

Frequently Asked Questions on House Restoreration

Materials and Techniques

Cleaning and Repairing Ivory
Storage and Handling of Ivory
Identifying Different Types of Ivory

CLOCK RESTORATION_______Julie Targett

How to Frame Pictures.
Care of Valuable Possessions: Furniture, Tapestries, Rugs, Textiles, Paintings,   Prints and Books
Care of Valuable Possessions: China, Earthenware, Glass and Marble
Alice Mae Alexander
Department of Environmental Design, University of Missouri-Columbia
The Crook of the Apron - Ethics in Upholstery
  A brief survey and conclusion
by Andrew White

 

HOW DO I GILD IT?
by Grace Baggot

 

MICA POWDERS
by Grace Baggot

 

LAY LINES
by Grace Baggot

 

UNDERSTANDING THE BINDER IN GESSO
Gilding Glossary

METAL STRIPPING
by Bob Swisher

 

FRENCH EBENISTES UNDER THE  LOUIS KINGS OF FRANCE
John J Hvozda

 


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