Restoring up your Beloved Bits of Craftwork

If you have been into crafts for a long time, you probably own many pieces of craftwork, ranging from handmade vases to pottery. As you know, these beautiful items can be very fragile and when they break, it is hard to throw them away. If you too are attached to your pieces of craftwork and don’t want to separate from them, even though they are a bit ruined, there is a way to bring them back to life. I am talking about restoration.

The first thing to find out if you are thinking about restoring a much lived piece of craftwork is if there is any monetary value to it. If you try to restore an antique you could end up destroying any monetary value it has. If its value is purely sentimental, go ahead with the restoration.

First off, you need to repair any broken bits that you can. If a piece has broken off cleanly, you can simply glue it back on again. Ensure that you use the right type of glue for the job. Once ready, ensure that the areas to be glued are clean and then apply according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If the break was not clean and if there are chips or pieces missing, you need to see if you can refill the gaps. You may need to use craft clay or some sort of filling putty. Glue the pieces together and then try to fill in the gaps. Allow the filler and glue to dry completely before painting over the filled bits.

To restore the original paintwork may be  a little trickier. You will, once again, need to use a medium that is suitable for the type of craftwork you are restoring. If you are unsure of the medium to use, consult a professional at a hardware or craft store.

Ensure that all surfaces are clean and dry. Check the original colours used, you are going to need to match them exactly if possible.  If you find that an exact match is not possible, it is better to repaint all details using that particular colour over again.

The most important thing here is to be patient. Allow each layer of colour to dry before applying the next one. Keep in mind that paint may lighten or darken as it dries and so the end result will only be seen once the paint has dried. Painting over paint which is still wet will cause smudging and muddying of the colours so patience is paramount.

The final step is to apply a suitable sealant where it is possible. Use a sealant that dries clear to ensure that the colours on your restored object are perfect. Allow to dry completely before putting back into place.


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