The Care and Conservation of Antique Prints

Written by Neil Street

For many collectors of antique works on paper – specifically antique prints –repparttar care and preservation of their valuable collection isrepparttar 116235 most vexing issue they face. It need not be. A little common sense, and sometimes a healthy dose of restraint, will go a long way toward making sure that your important, unique, and hard-won collection remains preserved for generations to come.

The production process used inrepparttar 116236 making of your antique print does not alter in any significant wayrepparttar 116237 care that it needs. Whether it be a lithograph, copperplate engraving, mezzotint, or other process,repparttar 116238 basics of caring forrepparttar 116239 print remain essentiallyrepparttar 116240 same. Broadly speaking, there are four major aspects of good conservation thatrepparttar 116241 average collector should be aware of. These four key areas are: handling, repairs, framing, and storage. If you follow some simple rules in all these areas, your prized possessions should retain their good condition and value.

Handling damage is atrepparttar 116242 top ofrepparttar 116243 list for a very good reason. In my opinion, as a dealer in antique prints, more problems are caused by careless handling than any other single problem. Great care must be exercised when handling an antique print, becauserepparttar 116244 paper itself is so fragile. You only need to accidentally taprepparttar 116245 edge of an antique print against a sharp corner, such asrepparttar 116246 edge of a desk, to cause serious chipping. Ifrepparttar 116247 print has little or no margin, an event like this can be catastrophic torepparttar 116248 image area. Pervasive as it is, handling damage is an aspect of conservation that can easily be solved by common sense. First, do not work with your prints unless you haverepparttar 116249 time and space to do so. Handle them when things are quiet, not when your toddler needs attention. Second, make sure you haverepparttar 116250 space to put them down safely, such as a large table. Third, wear thin cotton gloves, available from framing supply stores. And finally, nless you are dealing with large numbers of very inexpensive prints, it is always a good idea to have each one stored loosely (not “encapsulated”) in a mylar sleeve. Mylar is a crystal-clear, polyester film, and it is very easy to find onrepparttar 116251 internet. Beware of imitations, and specify Mylar, because Mylar does not interact chemically withrepparttar 116252 print.

At some point in time, almost all collectors of antique prints are tempted to “fix” a defect by themselves. My response is: don’t, don’t, and don’t. All ofrepparttar 116253 things that are commonly attempted on antique paper –repparttar 116254 removal of stains, wrinkles, and pencil marks,repparttar 116255 mending of a tear,repparttar 116256 filling of a hole, or, heaven forbid,repparttar 116257 “whitening” of a darkened piece of paper – all these actions haverepparttar 116258 potential to cause irreversible damage, and to seriously reduce or eliminaterepparttar 116259 value of a given piece. Professional conservators spend years learning how to perform these complex tasks correctly – and they will berepparttar 116260 first to tell you ofrepparttar 116261 perils they face with each job. Leaverepparttar 116262 restoration torepparttar 116263 conservators.

Craft crocheting from your home

Written by pierrebenoit

Crocheting is not only a craft but an art. Once you masterrepparttar basic stitches you will be well on your way to creating masterpieces you will be pride to share with your family and friends. Anyone can learn to crochet as long as they put their mind to it.

Before you run out and buy your crocheting supplies decide what you want to crochet first. According torepparttar 116234 item you choose, you will need different size needles and yarn weight. All this information is withrepparttar 116235 patterns and you will see just how easy it is to achieve your goal of crocheting your first work of art.

You will be crocheting from toys to sweaters in no time. There are so many different items you can crochet. There are snowflakes forrepparttar 116236 Christmas tree, sweaters for your best friend, and house slippers for every member of your family. You can even learn to crochet baby bibs, blankets, and outfits.

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