In CLEANING COINS & ARTEFACTS:
Conservation. Restoration. Presentation,
the author, David Villanueva, shows you what you can safely do to clean & preserve excavated metal finds from field, or beach, to frame.
In The Field explains simple steps you can take to extract your finds, record find spots and bring your finds safely home.
Map Reading shows how to accurately plot your find spots and navigate back to those hotspots.
Safe Storage discusses the making-up, use and value of using a dry box for storing finds, even if it is only temporary.
Identification and Assessment addresses the fact that before you can do anything with your find you will need to know what metal it is made from and preferably what it is and whether it is valuable or not.
Introduction to Cleaning Finds covers corrosion of metals and the health and safety considerations you must be aware of before you attempt to clean or conserve finds.
Mechanical Cleaning; Electrolysis; Chemical Cleaning and Conservation - While recognising that finds of significant monetary or historical value are best left to experts there is much that can be done to clean, and conserve your finds, maintaining or even enhancing their value. Additionally you may buy un-cleaned or otherwise low-grade coins and artefacts and using this book, plus a little work, improve them for your own collecting pleasure or for profitable resale.
Repair, Restoration and Replication. Unfortunately few objects are excavated in pristine condition and you are fortunate if your find is only dirty. Many objects come up bent, buckled, twisted or broken and this chapter explains techniques that can turn such sows ears into silk purses. You can also learn how to quickly and easily replicate your finds, which you can then share with friends and landowners or profitably sell.
Photographing Your Finds. You can buy coins and artefacts far below their value on auction sites simply because the seller has taken a poor photograph. Photographing small objects is easy when you know how and all is clearly explained in this book. You can have great photographs for your own records or to get finds identified or to sell to magazines or to help sell your finds for the best price.
Storage and Display. An area that has been traditionally fraught with difficulties until now. Clearly explained methods for safe storage and display in a wide variety of options and styles to suit all tastes.
The Treasure Act. Everything you need to know to comply with the Act and not lose your reward.
Bibliography and Suppliers. Where to get everything discussed in the book, including further information.