Category Archives: Collector’s Items

Preserving and Maintaining Sculptures

There are many famous sculptures that have lasted for tens of thousands of years. It’s absolutely possible to keep sculptures in good condition for an indefinite period of time. The sculptures just need to be stored and handled properly. Metal, ceramic, stone, and glass sculptures all require different forms of care. 

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Stone Artwork

Some of the very earliest historical art pieces were made from stone. These works are less likely than others to be damaged by dirt. In fact, while cleaning is an important part of art conservation in general, carved stone can actually degrade much more rapidly if it is cleaned too frequently.

Skin oil can also stain the outside of the stone, which is why it’s so important for all art conservation experts to wear gloves when touching most sculptures. Gloves are especially important when glass pieces are involved. The stains might be even more noticeable and damaging.

Fragile Sculptures

There are plenty of sculptures made from glass that have lasted for a long time, even though they’re made from such inherently breakable material. Small factors can make a difference regarding sculpture conservation. For instance, experts who handle these pieces while wearing latex gloves are less likely to drop them. Some types of glaze are chemically reactive, but glass itself is more stable than materials like metal. 

Metallic Statues

People may think that metal statues and sculptures are easier to conserve than many others. However, while a sculpture like this might be comparatively more likely to survive a fall, these pieces have their own vulnerabilities. Metallic materials have a tendency to react with various chemicals in their immediate surroundings. Collectors and curators can prevent at least some of these chemical reactions by using the right protective coatings and managing the conditions of the sculpture’s display and storage environment. 

Intricate Beer Mugs

I don’t actually recommend drinking beer here. However, if you will ask me about Beer Stein, I would say it’s a cute beer mug anyone who collects mug or beer mug for that matter would love to have! Beer mugs, they made me think of my former officemates including a former editor, who meets up at a nearby eatery after office hours every night to drink beer. If I have known Beer Glassware back then, it would be one of the gift items I would definitely give my officemates and boss. I’m sure they will love it. I have a great time working with some of them being a reliable work partner so I’ll give them something to remember me by.

What made Beer Stein special? For one, beer steins originated from Germany. The European country is known for its great beer and yes for its hand crafted beer steins. Beer drinkers in the olden days have been collecting the most coveted beer stoneware. And would you believe there are beer steins made of wood other than its glass, pewter and porcelain versions. Cool, isn’t it?

Okay, beer steins and beer glassware are not cheap, but they are offering them on sale so if you are into collecting stuff, you can start off with these artsy beer mugs. You want to check them out?