This painted terracotta began to flake after many years of being stored in uncontrolled environmental conditions.
The flaking paint was consolidated, then the surface was cleaned, losses were filled, and finally inpainted to match surrounding surfaces.
This old restoration had aged, discoloring the surface and producing tension on the vase.
The old restoration was removed, the pieces were disassemble, reassembled, and reattached with an appropriate non yellowing conservation adhesive.
The individual tiles for this mosaic became detached and lost following a move.
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.
This bird experienced a fall that detached and broke it's wing. The loss caused the bird to stand unbalanced.
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.
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.
The old coating was easily removed without affecting the painted surface and no additional coating was applied at this time.
Long term exposure to the outdoor environment creates a green patina on bronze that is actually harmful to the metal below.
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
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.
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.
This basket was stored unprotected in an attic. The surface was soiled and there were tears and losses from improper handling.
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.
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.
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.
This Maori wood leg served as a model for tattoos. the toe portion was missing prior to being displayed for the first time.
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.