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Handle Ceramics and Glass with Care and Give Them Long Life!

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Ceramics and glassware are prized possessions that demand lavish care for as long as they live! This set of antiques would encompass art glass, porcelain, pottery, crystal and earthenware. Skilled artisans craft marvelous tableware, kitchenware, sculpture, jewelry, tiles, dolls, and many other forms to cater to individual tastes.

The main ingredient of glassware, molten glass comes from a combination of melted metallic salts (mineral modifying agents), plus sand or ground silica. Annealing (gradual heating and cooling) results in the acquirement of the desired texture and consistency—Annealing. The “hot” glass is sculpted and blown to result in marvelous shapes or forms! In the case that Annealing has not been done properly, the object will reveal cracks or even shatter because of all the internal stress it is undergoing.

Coming to ceramics, they can be of different types, based on how they are made. To make objects of stone impermeable to water, they are fired at a high temperature. In contrast is earthenware that survives on low temperatures, for it is porous in nature. Ceramics that display fine bodies are referred to as porcelains; firing at very high temperatures results in the formation of glasslike or vitrified bodies. Since ceramics love to be decorated with glass slurries and colored slips, and since they undergo glazing—they come high in quality!

Maintenance of such fragile antiques is vital to retain them for a long time—

(1) Constant washing and careless handling might result in irreversible damages. Yes, debris or dust or oily residues should not be allowed to collect on your valuable pieces, but there are better ways of keeping them clean.

(2) A dishwasher is not meant for glass or ceramics.

(3) Why not keep a stock of soft brushes with you? Cradle the object to be cleaned firmly in your hands or arms, and brush it very gently.

(4) Dumping such exquisite stuff into water or any cleansing solution is simply out of the question! For instance, imagine what will happen to your earthenware? Its body is like a sponge—it will absorb all the water or liquid! The stains or residues which were present on the surface, and which you were actually trying to remove, will sink deeper inside. So are you cleaning your articles or making them dirtier?

(5) Have you been neglecting your artifacts for a lengthy period of time? Take the help of a mixture of water and washing-up liquid. Dip a piece of cotton wool or a cotton bud into this solution and apply gently over the grimy surface. Do not scrub—just rub smoothly over small patches at a time. Once an area is complete, dry it immediately.

(6) Never use hard water for cleaning ceramics or glassware, for they contain chemicals. The local chemist can supply you with distilled water.

(7) While cleaning, you will be able to observe any signs of deterioration or damage. If there are any, it is time to call in an experienced conservator.


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