Why a PROFESSIONAL Restorer?
Proper care and maintenance of your family heirlooms and works of art will ensure that they are available for future generations to enjoy. There are many things you can do to take care of them yourself. However, sometimes it may be necessary to contact a professional for advice or conservation treatment. The Conservator-Restorer is a professional who has the training, knowledge, skills, experience and understanding to act with the aim of preserving cultural heritage for the future. In order to achieve this goal, conservators are guided by a strict Code of Ethics and guidelines that are internationally recognised in the conservation of cultural property. They combine an in-depth knowledge of science and art to effect treatments that retain the integrity of the object, building or site, including its historical significance, context and aesthetic or visual aspects. A conservator should have a sound knowledge of the technical aspects of various craftsmanships (used in the original manufacture/creation) coupled with knowledge of chemical and physical properties and long-term behavior of a wide range of materials. The presence of more familiar crafts and professions (such as silversmiths, gunsmiths, jewelers, engineers etc.) may somewhat obscure the metals conservator’s role, as many of these would be able to execute a successful treatment without inflicting further damage to the object. These professionals, however, take their mandate purely from technical specifications (durability), economy and saleability, and not necessarily preservation as a primary ethic. And, although their technical skills of joining, welding and manufacturing metal objects in themselves are quite specialised, many of these craftsmen will hesitate to make these on an already assembled object which has a variety of different solders, finishes and designs. The conservators primary concern is the compatibility of the treatment and how the methods and materials used in the treatment will react with the original materials over the course of time. The Code of Ethics demands that all intervention should be such that it allows for further treatment at a later stage, without compromising the stability of the object.  When repairs are encountered on, say, ceramic objects, the damage is usually minimal and may be readily reversed with the correct solvents, leaving the original ceramic unscathed. However, when metals are repaired, the treatment frequently involves high temperatures and are of a much more permanent nature. Care also has to be  taken, that during the treatment process, any specialised decorative finishes or patinas are not damaged or lost, and if it is unavoidable, the conservator should have the skill and ability to recreate them.
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