Ooooh… Shiny!—Polishing Intricate Metalwork
- Post Date3/10/2017
- AuthorGavin Robinson
- Reading Time2 minute read
Medieval Irish Masterpieces in Modern Reproduction, which has been up since September of last year, highlights some of Spurlock’s most intricate and visually stunning pieces. However, these artifacts were not always so eye-catching. In fact, it took Collection’s Manager Christa Deacy-Quinn along with volunteer Dr. Kati Fay many hours to restore them to their former glory.
Much of the collection had suffered from significant surface tarnishing as well as accumulated polish residue from previous cleaning. After identifying the least invasive polishing technique, our Collections team began the tedious process of removing all residue and surface corrosion from each individual artifact. Finally, Christa and Kati applied a thin layer of wax to prevent further tarnishing from occurring while on display. The results were quite dramatic!
Want to see this exhibit first hand? You’re in luck! Medieval Irish Masterpieces in Modern Reproduction is open through April 2nd.