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Miscellaneous Tips for Good Maintenance of Ceramics and Glassware…

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Mishandling will always result in the loss of precious stuff! Could we therefore offer you a few tips on "wise tackling" of ceramics and glassware?

(1) Always put both hands around the body of the object. Yes, vases, cups, pots, kettles, etc. have rims, handles, and spouts—but they can come off easily with a little pressure.

(2) Do remember that the piece in your hand is aged and might have undergone repairs that are not easily invisible! Even if a hairline crack appears, it is only going to worsen over time.

(3) Do your ceramic items have lids? Well, they can come off. So, carry the pieces separately; use both hands.

(4) Practicing being “superman/superwoman” while transporting such frail stuff is not really ideal! Even if moving from one room to another within your house, use a box or a padded (with clean cloths or tissue) basket, especially for heavy items.

(5) Ask someone to open doors for you. It is better to be patient than sorry!

(6) You have to be even more careful while moving up and down stairs inside your house. And if you are bringing them home from somewhere else, be wary of the crowds.

(6) Check that the path to your destination is clear, especially if you are shifting heavy stuff.

(7) Again, is there adequate space in the new location to place the ceramics and glassware safely? Make sure of that before running around with delicate pieces in your hands!

(8) “Make haste” is not an expression to be used in this case; move slowly. Neither you nor your antiques should be allowed to trip or fall!

Okay, here is some information on how to pack and store antiques—

(1) Secure wrapping is the remedy for keeping away grime and dust particles. Use lignin-free and acid-free tissue.

(2) Ordinary newspapers and newsprint paper are terribly acidic. Seepage or dampness will result in the print transferring onto the objects. You will then observe stains and discoloration.

(2) You will endanger your goods if you wrap each piece separately! What you could do is to shape balls of tissue. Create nests in the storage containers or boxes; the ceramics and glassware can rest on these. Oh yes, the tissue balls should go in easily—forcing them inside would mean that they are not the right size.

(3) If a cardboard box is going to house your stuff, it should be tough and made of acid-free material. The edges should stand higher than the object(s) inside it (at least a few centimeters).

(4) First, pad the bottom with tissue balls. Ensure that the large piece fits in comfortably, with no part poking out. Can the box or container support the weight of the stuff inside?

(5) The box or container should be level so that there is no bumping or jarring. In case there are multiple objects stored in the box, each should be surrounded by padding—one piece is not supposed to touch the other.


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