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Collins Care and Repair Of Antiques and Collectables Hardcover – 1 Jun 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (1 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004133161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004133164
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 21.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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useful to those who have inherited a damaged treasure... and gives you the confidence to go for that damaged piece at auction and see it brought back to life. -- Antiques Magazine, March 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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• 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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spud on 4 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a really useful book for anyone interested in repairing antiques or just keeping them in good condition. It's well written and has easy to understand instructions with clear diagrams and I think I will wear this book out before I part company with it!
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