THREE AVAILABE REPAIR OPTIONS
1. INVISIBLE RESTORATION
I only employ state-of-the-art repair & restoration methods (both cold & fired) and use only premium materials which guarantees high quality, invisible to the naked eye repair results in almost all cases.
The repair / restoration techniques and materials used vary from repair to repair and are usually dictated by the materials your damaged items are made from, which manufacturing techniques have been employed to make them, and the extend and nature of the damages.
The first step is to evaluate the damaged items to determine which materials and repair techniques can be employed to repair them safely and effectively. During this evaluation they will be cleaned and all non-original deposits or substances applied during previous repair attempts (plaster, glue, paint, etc.) are removed.
Thereafter I assemble all of the broken pieces with speciality glues and / or glazes and fill all chips and cracks with replacement materials. Even missing parts (fingers, arms, legs etc.) can be recreated and reattached. The selection of materials and the actual repair methods used are largely dictated by the materials the damaged items are made from and the extend and nature of the damages. Many times I am also able to replace missing parts with original ones from my extensive collection of spare parts.
Once all fillers and replacements have been shaped every repaired section is then coated with glazes to match the original base color and finish. Thereafter all repaired areas are repainted (only if needed) with matching colors, using applicable painting techniques. Finally a finishing coat which matches the feel and sheen of the original finish is applied.
Where neccessary, low temperature firings will be employed to cure, develop and affix the repair fillers, colors, glazes and finishing coats.
A final quality control assures the best possible repair results. Please contact me with any questions you may have.
2. MUSEUM STYLE REPAIR
This type of repair is reserved usually only for historically significant objects and / or items of antiquity.
Fully reversible repair and restoration techniques and methods are used in conjunction with very specific museum curator approved materials. This ensures that none of the original parts of the repaired objects are altered in any way, shape or form. In addition, all repair steps are documented in detail for posterity.
This makes it possible that some time in the future other restorers can actually remove all non-original materials and parts without damaging the original parts and employ improved materials and techniques which may have become available by then.
3. SIMPLE ASSEMBLY
Many times my clients want items repaired that have only a modest or no monetary value at all but are of a very high sentimental value to them.
In such cases I recommend to employ simple non-fired assembly methods which usually involve suitable glues. Simple fillers are possible but no replacements will be made to make it as cost effective as possible. However, the piece(s) in question will be able to be displayed.
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