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Posts Tagged ‘Framing’

Flooding and Water Damage on the Lower Mississippi: Saving Art and Memorabilia: 8 Tips

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

fema-flood-insurance-photo-low-resFlood waters are rising and water damage is eminent as you read this on March 11, 2010. The Mississippi is flooding a wide flood plain along most of the length but concentrated from Cedar Rapids to St. Louis according to the U.S. Department of the Interior/ U.S. Geological Survey http://la.water.usgs.gov/default.html

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Hanging nail gives away – $25,000.00 painting ripped.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Look at this rip! Want to see some magic?!


This rip, on the left, was kind-a ugly: It ripped when the nail gave way and it fell off the wall… and got uglier when the fibers frayed.

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Emergency – Disaster – Preparedness at home. An interesting twist

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Last evening I was called over to a house in the LA area. The owner had questions about protecting and preserving framed artwork that are heirlooms and dear memories (same info I have in my book, downloadable here on this site).

As we toured the house we got to talking about his family photos, certificates etc and he got fired up about getting everything copied, digitized, organized and prepared for an emergency (same tasks I outline in my book). He, however, doesn’t have the time as he’s busy with business. So we’re going to do it all for him.

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

Wednesday, January 27th, 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.

Antique Frame Dropped and Busted: Just Like Life… Pick Up The Pieces!

Monday, January 25th, 2010


Did you know, that if you drop an old frame and pieces are busted off… you can put them in a baggie… staple the baggie to the back of the frame… and when you get around to it… the frame restorer can probably use the pieces again to put the frame back together?! And you might save yourself some money.

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Book Download Available – Affiliate Program Underway

Monday, January 25th, 2010


In last 3 days,  3 Affiliates have signed up with saveyourstuff.com that will help redistribute the “save your stuff message” of emergency preparation info (which I provide to them for free) to about 20 mill in their industries. This kind of info, on a corporate or office level is part of having a Disaster Plan, a mandate of the Homeland Security Dept.

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Do It Your-Selfers: Don’t Do This!!!!!

Monday, January 25th, 2010


Some people get into reframing their old artwork. The enemy of this money saving effort is impatience. Doing the job right with patience is particularly important when you are reframing artwork on paper. There will be old tape and if you rip off the tape… the following WILL happen:
1. You will peel a surface layer of the paper off (see photo on right)
2. This will reduce the value of your artwork, if it is vintage and has value (this one does).
3. You will risk ripping the paper… which did not happen in the case of this photo.

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