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Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Repair Case Study

I recently came across the Web site of a wonderful English majolica restorer, Edge Conservation-Restoration Services in Liverpool, England.
Featured on their site is their restoration of a Holdcroft sugar bowl.

 The first step in the repair is the removal of the old repair.

The pieces are separated and all the old glue removed.
The piece is reglued using an acrylic resin.
Missing pieces were recreated using a polyfill or Plaster of Paris. Missing glaze was mimicked with a colored epoxy paste.
Retouching with dry pigments and a water borne ceramic glaze finish the process. The entire piece is covered with a protective plastic polish.

Here is the finished piece.

This is really extraordinary work!

If you would like to learn more about their services or wish to contact them about your own restoration project, visit their Web site: http://www.edgeconservation-restoration.com/File/category.asp?id=2

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