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THE ESSENTIAL STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO BUYING, REPAIRING AND PRESERVING ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES
• Over 700 full-colour illustrations and photographs
• Caters for all levels of experience from cleaning jewellery to repainting damaged porcelain
• Includes helpful hints on mounting pictures and wall hangings, displaying collections, safe and efficient storage, and protecting antiques from accidental damage and deterioration
With clear and easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations, 'Collins Care and Repair of Antiques and Collectables' gives practical advice on mending, cleaning and conserving objects made from paper, metal, ceramics, glass, wood, textiles, plastic and semi-precious materials.
Though rare and valuable antiques are specifically excluded, the book covers the widest possible range of collectables from Victorian times up to the 1950s.
• Advice on where to buy antiques and what to look for
• Tips from practising restorers and conservators
• Mounting and displaying collections to advantage
• Recommendations for storing and using antiques safely
• Specially commissioned photographs that illustrate the range and diversity of antiques that can be restored by non-professionals
'Collins Care and Repair of Antiques and Collectables' is just the book for people who enjoy picking up a bargain at an antique market or junk shop and giving it a new lease of life. It is also a boon for anyone who wants to preserve well-loved heirlooms that may have little intrinsic value but mean a great deal to them.
You don't have to be an expert to get results – from cleaning books and prints to restoring stained ceramics, many of the tips and techniques included require no previous experience of antique restoration. And there's no need for a workshop filled with specialised equipment. Most of the tools and materials recommended can be obtained from local hardware stores, DIY centres or craft-materials suppliers.
There is also clear advice on when to get expert help, so that you can proceed with confidence in the knowledge that you are not about to spoil a valuable or fragile piece that would be better off in the hands of a professional restorer.