Questions tagged [preservation]

Protecting an art or craft to reduce damage over time, and/or during the creation process.

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How can I avoid smudging my pencil drawings?

I'm very new at drawing. I'm not very good at pencil types yet, but it seems like whichever pencil I use (I have a set of 12 ranging from 6B to 5H), I end up with smudges. Is there a way to reduce ...
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How to prevent the paper from getting damaged due to a steel compass?

I intend to draw nested circles for a Mandala drawing. When the compass point is placed on the paper, it creates a tiny hole. How do I keep the point from damaging the paper?
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How to protect & preserve water color paintings

Is there a particular coating that I should be using to protect a watercolor painting? And what is the best storage option for preserving paintings?
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What is an easy way to waterproof large pieces of cardboard?

I am building sets and props for an outdoor performance. We must use recycled materials as much as possible, and will thus use cardboard a lot since it is readily available. We plan on painting or ...
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How can you preserve oil paints on your palette between sessions?

Sometimes you mix a great color using your palette but then you have to put your work aside for the evening or even longer. So, how can you preserve the colors on your palette until you're ready to ...
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How can you tell if an oil painting is dry?

As discussed in an answer to the question about putting an oil paint behind glass The reason for the delay after the painting is finished is that it can take this long for the painting to fully '...
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Are there markers, paints, pencils, etc that are known to not change color over time?

I have some printed material that I would like to touch up. These are not collectables, per se, so I'm not worried about altering the value of an antique or similar. I'm not asking about any ...
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Can I cast a glow in the dark flower in resin?

This is my first time experimenting with resin. What I want to create is a glow in the dark version of preserved flower in resin. Based on this thread, it's possible to create glow in the dark ...
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How to maximize the post-dried life expectancy of flowers?

I want to make a piece that mixes a drawing on paper, with a flower collage (or flat bouquet?) on top and put it in a frame. I know dried flowers don't last forever, but what is their post-dried life ...
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What causes frosting when applying a varnish?

Sometimes when applying the final varnish on a miniature, it ends up going opaque / frosting. What causes this to happen, and how can it be prevented? I have seen this occur with both Vallejo and ...
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Will putting an oil painting under glass cause damage?

I inherited a painting from a relative. It has some cracks so I assume it's oil, not acrylic or watercolor. I also do not know the age, but it is not new. When I bought a frame to fit it (since it ...
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Can air-drying clay projects be preserved?

My son loves making animals and monsters with Play Doh (an air-drying dough). However, his sculptures tend to crumble and deform and crack while drying, which annoys him. Is there a technique to ...
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Is hard water suitable for the usage of watercolor?

I do not know whether hard water is suitable for watercolor usage or if it will cause any damage to the color when it comes to archival quality. If it does cause damage, are there suggestions for ...
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How can I prevent my drawings and paper from yellowing over time?

Some paper just yellows over time, especially if left out somewhere where it sees sunlight. Acid-free paper is a partial solution, but not terribly budget-friendly. Is there something else I can do ...
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How can I protect my pencil & charcoal drawings once complete?

I have now built up a small portfolio of pencil/charcoal drawings. Most of the time they are kept in my folders, but sometimes they are viewed by friends and relatives. And on the odd occasion ...
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Oil painting in coastal environment

I was given an oil based painting drawn by my relative (very dear to me). I live near the beach and we've had trouble with moisture/dampness. The painting is framed but not covered by glass or ...
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How can I safely transport a charcoal drawing?

What is the best way of transporting a charcoal drawing over on a long ride? The drawing is fixed with a workable fixative but im still concerned about smudging. I was thinking about rolling the ...
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Strengthen or preserve a soap carving?

After carving some soap per the suggestion here: Is there a kid-safe carving material? I made a small, but fragile design that I'd like to keep relatively safe. I'm concerned about moisture and ...
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How do I prevent chalk pastel from getting smudged?

I made a piece of work with chalk pastels recently. Sadly, I left it unattended on an occasion and my cats ended up approaching my sketchbook. Some of my work was smudged. On another occasion when I ...
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Which tool to use as watercolor paper press

Is there a tool I could use as watercolor paper press? Most of the time, after my drawing dries, the paper buckles. I would like to have some tool to put paper inside like a sandwich. I guess I need ...
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How to hang a painting on plywood on the wall?

I have a painting that was done on plywood. The wood is a quarter inch thick and 3 by 4 feet in size. It is not framed, and I don’t want to frame it. I’m hanging it in my living room on a plaster wall....
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Why have my paper crafts hung on the wall deformed and what can be done to prevent this?

I cut these butterflies, and hands out of paper, spread gum on them and sprinkled glitter. Then I pasted them on these CDs with Fevicol. I did not fold them at all. They were straight the day I made ...
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How can I extend the life of clear nail polish?

I use nail polish in several of my crafting endeavors. Example would be its use in converting my ties to clip-on or even to stop ribbons from fraying. Recently I was making construction paper jewels ...
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Making a mold off of bone

I've recently acquired a large steer skull, rather weather worn and aged. I would like to make a mold of it so that I can cast it in wax, alter it a bit (add more horns etc) then make a mold of the ...
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Acidity of hands when binding books

I was wondering if working bare hand when doing bookbinding could be detrimental for the paper, more specifically when binding a sketchbook or paper intended for watercolor painting or calligraphy. ...
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How can I make egg-tempera that doesn't deteriorate?

I've been working with a traditional egg-tempura technique that I was taught, but I have had some problems with the paintings later on. The recipe is essentially one egg-yolk (without the yolk's ...
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How do I make pom poms not fall apart as easily?

As we learned in How to make a pom-pom? they are fairly easy to make. The problem is that they are just as easy to take apart. So you could get your pom pom trimmed to make the perfect sphere and it ...
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How can I strengthen my melted bead art?

So I build pixel-esque bead arts for people for gifts and such. But when I need to send them places, they sometimes fall apart. Charizard Pixel Bead Art (Example above is not my work. Belongs to ...
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How to remove paint fallen on an existing watercolor painting with the least damage to the painting?

Last time it happened was 15 years back, and that time I was in a painting exam. That time I didn't dare to do anything for the fear of making it worse. What would be the best course of action when ...
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Protection for oil painting on mylar?

I usually work with ink and watercolor on mylar (paper used by architects). I tried to use oil paint on mylar and the effect is real nice. Do I have to protect the finished painting with a varnish or ...
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Does latex perform well underwater?

I need to build some decorative aquatic animals that will be inside a big fishbowl in a shopping mall. The question is: Can I use latex to create these pieces, or the latex deteriorates when submerged ...
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Preservation of Animation Cels

I have several animation cels on celluloid. Does anyone have advice or references on how to mount and preserve them? They will be on display, so they'll need to be preserved against possible light ...
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Preserving chalk pastel artworks?

I got multiple chalk pastels sets and I'm really excited to use them, but I'm afraid to see the artworks messed up afterwards. Even though there are probably sprays I can buy to solve this problem, is ...
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How can I avoid fungus in an alien water tank?

I am building an animatronic alien inside a transparent plastic cylinder. The cylinder is filled with water and a few drops of green ink. The problem I have is: in a few days, the water fills with ...
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Can Rustoleum wood stain bleed through a mounted photograph?

On a piece of pine wood, I want to mount a photograph. I stained the wood with Rustoleum cherry stain. It’s dry now and I am ready to mount the photograph. Do I need to put a layer of paper or lacquer ...
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Preserving paper stickers long term

I'm going to frame a few old video game cartridges in a box frame for art and preservation. I got the idea from a few posts I've seen online of others who have done the same: I'm going use a sheet ...
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Does boat polyester resin works well for insect/flower encapsulating?

Around here, polyester resin for arts and crafts is usually sold under the name "Crystal Polyester Resin", because of its colorlessness. In automotive-paint/nautical shops there are other polyester ...
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What can I expect from a fixative?

I finished a charcoal drawing and want to paint over it with a clear coating (of acrylic gesso). For that I first used a fixative so that the drawing will not smudge when I apply gesso with a Brush. ...
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Rusty axe head restoration

I have an old axe head, kind of a family heirloom, that I want to clean and restore. Given its age (approx. 60-70 years) and condition, my goal is not to make it usable as an axe, but preservation and ...
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Will (acid-free) paper turn yellow over time if I use tape (not acid-free) on it? [closed]

More context: I’ll stick the tape on the back, then the paper (lignin-free, acid-free cellulose, 120gsm) is painted on the front.
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Advice on preserving an old painting

The image attached is of a painting which is deteriorating around the edges of the frame. The paint appears to be falking off of the canvas. It is between 70 and 80 years old, I don't know what type ...
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Printed document lifespan

How long will a document (black text) printed on standard paper using an inkjet printer last? I will keep it in an envelope in a normal house hold environment, not overly hot or cold. Looking for tips ...
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Will commercially produced soap coated in epoxy resin last?

I have started to resin-coat certain novelty soaps. I first coat in mod podge, then I give it 2 layers of epoxy glass resin. It is looking fabulous, but someone told me that soap has too much water in ...
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How can I build and attach new plaster hands for a statue?

I have a religious statue made of plaster. Unfortunately, its hands are missing. I need to build new ones, but I am not sure where to begin. I thought I would make new hands out of clay, then cast ...
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How to protect/seal frosted glass spray

The frosted glass is specifically to diffuse an RGB LED lamp thing I made, so every scratch and other degradation on this thing so far is very prominent. There must be 8 coats of Rustoleum frosted ...
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Gloss coat then matte coat?

I’ve heard that matte coatings are less durable than gloss ones. The claim was that gloss coatings form a hard protective shell, whereas matte ones do not. The recommendation was to first apply a ...
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How do I go about sealing tiles painted with acrylic ink?

I have been painting on ceramic tile's with Liquitex acrylic ink. I would like to seal them so that they could be used as coasters. I want to make them impervious to liquid and coffee cup heat. Does ...
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How to wrap the polythene around the crafts to protect them from dust without destroying their appeal?

I live in a very dusty area. The only feasible way for me to protect the crafts from dust is to wrap them in transparent polythene sheets. These crafts are placed on the table and some are hung on ...