The Care and Conservation of Antique PrintsWritten by Neil Street
For many collectors of antique works on paper – specifically antique prints – care and preservation of their valuable collection is 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 in making of your antique print does not alter in any significant way care that it needs. Whether it be a lithograph, copperplate engraving, mezzotint, or other process, basics of caring for print remain essentially same. Broadly speaking, there are four major aspects of good conservation that 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 at top of 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, because paper itself is so fragile. You only need to accidentally tap edge of an antique print against a sharp corner, such as edge of a desk, to cause serious chipping. If print has little or no margin, an event like this can be catastrophic to 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 have time and space to do so. Handle them when things are quiet, not when your toddler needs attention. Second, make sure you have 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 on internet. Beware of imitations, and specify Mylar, because Mylar does not interact chemically with 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 of things that are commonly attempted on antique paper – removal of stains, wrinkles, and pencil marks, mending of a tear, filling of a hole, or, heaven forbid, “whitening” of a darkened piece of paper – all these actions have potential to cause irreversible damage, and to seriously reduce or eliminate value of a given piece. Professional conservators spend years learning how to perform these complex tasks correctly – and they will be first to tell you of perils they face with each job. Leave restoration to conservators.
Craft crocheting from your homeWritten by pierrebenoit
Crocheting is not only a craft but an art. Once you master 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 to item you choose, you will need different size needles and yarn weight. All this information is with 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 for 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.