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Flaking Teracotta:  Before
Flaking Teracotta: Before

This painted terracotta began to flake after many years of being stored in uncontrolled environmental conditions.

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Flaking Terracotta: After
Flaking Terracotta: After

The flaking paint was consolidated, then the surface was cleaned, losses were filled, and finally inpainted to match surrounding surfaces.

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Old Adhesive: Before
Old Adhesive: Before

This old restoration had aged, discoloring the surface and producing tension on the vase.

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Old Adhesive: After
Old Adhesive: After

The old restoration was removed, the pieces were disassemble, reassembled, and reattached with an appropriate non yellowing conservation adhesive.

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Missing Mosaic Tile:  Before
Missing Mosaic Tile: Before

The individual tiles for this mosaic became detached and lost following a move.

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Missing Mosaic Tile: After
Missing Mosaic Tile: After

A mould was taken of the missing piece, then a replacement piece was cast with toned polyester resin, shaped to size, fitted and adhered onto the missing section.

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Broken Horn Bird:  Before
Broken Horn Bird: Before

This bird experienced a fall that detached and broke it's wing. The loss caused the bird to stand unbalanced.

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Broken Horn Bird:  After
Broken Horn Bird: After

The wing was removed, old adhesive reduced, and a wing was hand built with similar weight material to match the opposing wing. Once reattached, the bird could stand on it's own again.

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Old Coatings:  Before
Old Coatings: Before

A coating of wax was applied at some point to this ceramic for protection. The wax was too soft and softened with fluctuations in temperature causing increase soiling.

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Old Coatings:  After
Old Coatings: After

The old coating was easily removed without affecting the painted surface and no additional coating was applied at this time.

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Corroded Monument: Before
Corroded Monument: Before

Long term exposure to the outdoor environment creates a green patina on bronze that is actually harmful to the metal below.

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Corroded Monument:  After
Corroded Monument: After

The corrosion was reduced by hand, the surface was cleaned and treated with a corrosion reducer, than a protective coating was added to reduce future corrosion

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Silver/Glass Corrosion: Before
Silver/Glass Corrosion: Before

The silver is tarnished and the glass is corroded on the inside from being sealed. Because there are 2 materials involved, special care must be taken not to harm one material while treating the other.

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Silver/Glass Corrosion: After
Silver/Glass Corrosion: After

The glass was masked from the silver and the tarnish was reduced. The silver was cleaned then coated with a protective coating to reduce future silver corrosion. The coating also allowed the class corrosion to be addressed without affecting the silver.

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Basket Tear: Before
Basket Tear: Before

This basket was stored unprotected in an attic. The surface was soiled and there were tears and losses from improper handling.

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Basket Tear:  After
Basket Tear: After

The surface was lightly cleaned then the basket was humidified and reshaped, bringing the tears into alignment. The tears were mended and the losses were filled. A storage box was also created to retain the shape and minimize handling.

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Plaster Frame Losses:  Before
Plaster Frame Losses: Before

Long term exposure to uncontrolled environmental conditions cause the wood to expand and contract while the plaster did not. In response the plaster cracked and there were losses overall.

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Plaster Frame Losses: After
Plaster Frame Losses: After

The areas of loss were consolidated to prevent future losses. The missing sections were hand built with gesso, then shaped and inpainted to match surrounding surfaces.

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Carved Wood, Large Loss:  Before
Carved Wood, Large Loss: Before

This Maori wood leg served as a model for tattoos. the toe portion was missing prior to being displayed for the first time.

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Carved Wood Large Loss:  After
Carved Wood Large Loss: After

While normally ethnographic objects are not restored, the pattern was symmetrical and the object would normally have been discarded since it served as a model. The large loss was recreated by hand building the missing section then carving and inpainting it to match surrounding surfaces.

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