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Archive for January, 2010

What Dirty Stuff Is On My Artwork?! – 3 Tips of what NOT to do!

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
During Cleaning/Removal of Grime and Yellowed Varnish.

During Cleaning/Removal of Grime and Yellowed Varnish.

A question I often get asked, “How do I clean my___________? My answer is a LONG list of sad stories of cleaning lady’s “gentile” or “light” cleaning techniques and dealers trying to save a buck. And yesterday, I got another such story to tell you:

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What Is The Best Temperature For Artwork? – 3 Tips To Protect

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I’m asked all the time something along the lines of  “What is the best temperature for my artwork?” or “What temperature should my house be?” or “What environment is best for my collection?”  Well, its not a one word answer. The answer is kind of long, actually, but I think you’ll find the answer and the photos  interesting.

What materials are you worried about protecting? A wood sculpture, an oil painting, a watercolor, glassware, a plastic toy collection, photographs, leather book bindings? Each material reacts to it environment a little different but by and large the answer to this question is, thankfully, not a single number temperature (that would be hard… and expensive… to try and maintain!). Its a range. My detailed answer to this question would be different for someone in Florida than Wyoming, or for someone living in Puerto Rico or Utah. But in general, what your items need, much like all of us, is stability.

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Thinking Ahead of a Natural Disaster – My Goodness This Would Make The Heart Feel Good!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


These folks were thinking ahead… or maybe they read my book!

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Removing SMOKE deposits and smell from an ornate frame.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

A gold leaf ornate frame came in from a home fire having a surface film of smoke residue. Using a Q-tip with simple “saliva” will nicely remove the residue.

There are two types of gold; one has an even color and is often brassy looking (will not dissolve with water) and two, is a gold finish that is very polished with over-lap lines and often shows red or brown colors through it. (will dissolve with water….and even saliva!).

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Mold damage and storage of family history.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


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Heart Breaking Damage. Learn how to pack it or get help.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


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Do You Pack/Ship Art Work and Fragile Items?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

One of the most frequent and easiest ways to have your stuff damaged: handling, storage and transport.

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Family history, certificates, videos, photos… What’s MOST important to you?!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010


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A Good Way to Ruin a Frame

Monday, January 25th, 2010


Taking a bottle of gold paint may seem like a good way to fix a chipped or damaged old frame… but the gold paint doesn’t age the same way as the original finish. It doesn’t take much time for the paint to turn brown or dark green and be totally out of character. In the photo, the outside scoop and edge is darker than the inside gold edge. Once the gold paint has been on the frame awhile, then it becomes impossible to clean it off without having to refinish it completely.

Another tip… don’t throw away old frames (even if they are badly damaged) before you know if they are worth something. A potential buyer might be an art gallery that sells old art. They have their ways of repairing, refinishing, cutting down etc. I love to collect old frames too. For tips on how to care for old frames go to www.saveyourstuff.com and download the chapter on “Frames.” There are free downloads also.

A “Priceless Russian Renaissance Icon” A Priceless Mistake and a Great Story.

Monday, January 25th, 2010


I had a “priceless Russian Renaissance Icon” delivered to me for evaluation. If you are “up” for a good story, watch this 7 minute video: http://bit.ly/5W1ZUo  Appraisal questions? Contact www.faclappraisals.com. Need divorce counseling and therapy? Call the appraiser first.

… you’ll like this story.