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  • Cleaning and Maintaining Pieces Made of Organic Material  By : Dena
    Organic material such as Mother of Pearl, Ivory, Pearl, Tortoiseshell, Bone, and Horn can be harmed if using any harsh cleaners. It can actually dissolve shell and eat away at organic material.
  • Four Self Defense Tools for You and Your Valuables  By : Gen Wright
    Walking alone at night through a parking lot to your darkened car that hides underneath a street light can be a harrowing experience. And even though the worst things that you expect to happen rarely ever do, you still hear stories everyday about "the last time [fill in the blank] was seen alive."
  • Top Five Uses for Video Surveillance and Security Cameras  By : Gen Wright
    Everyone has the right to be safe from harm, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or financially. Thankfully, as the world gets more dangerous, there are peaceful, non-violent tools out there that can do just as well, if not better, at preventing you from becoming the victim than any weapon ever could.
  • Antique Furniture Restoration  By : morganlee344
    Restoration can be as simple as light cleaning to remove disfiguring dirt or grime, such as on the surface of a painting, or it may include near complete rebuilding or replacement, as might be the case with old automobiles or furniture.
  • Safeguarding Your Collectibles  By : Charles Kassotis
    Are you one of those people who have a valuable gun, china, or doll collection? You know the type: You visit a home and find an amazing selection of items laying around the house or stored in a display area for accessible viewing.
  • How to Care For and Clean Your Pewter  By : Evelyn Whitaker
    Tips and tricks for storing and keeping your pewter sparkling clean. Instructions for all types of pewter.
  • Caring For And Cleaning Your Silver  By : Evelyn Whitaker
    Silver becomes tarnished from materials that contain sulfur. Some of the most common things that will cause your silver to tarnish are wool, felt, food (especially eggs and mayonnaise), rubber bands, latex and certain types of paints. If the atmosphere is humid, the tarnish will accelerate.
  • How Many Uses of Label Software?  By : ANEEL DOGRA
    Label software is one thing everyone can use, labels can helps you organize your CD's and other collectibles and print out addresses in a few minutes, using many different graphic templates.
  • Tips for cleaning and preserving silver and gold jewelry  By : giliav
    This article will provide you with simple and easy tips on cleaning your silver and gold jewelry
  • The Performance of Antique Car Engines  By : Peter Salmonford

    An article about the performance of antique car engines.

  • Grinding Valves in Antique Cars  By : Peter Salmonford

    A simple guide as to when to grind your valves in and when not to.

  • Handling Wear and Tear in Antique Car Engines  By : Peter Salmonford

    Antique engines require a lot of care. This article covers some things you can do.

  • Handling Soot in Antique Car Engines  By : Peter Salmonford

    Soot can really be a real problem for classic cars. In this article, I examine the options you have to handle the soot.

  • Antique Copper And Brass Care  By : Michael Russell
    Copper and brass (which is an alloy of copper and zinc) need constant cleaning, but modern long-term polishes and lacquers have made the task of cleaning and maintaining your antique collection so much easier.
  • Seasonal Storage Basics: Top 5 Rules  By : Ellen Bell
    Seasonal storage is a dilemma for many families. What do you do with all your holiday decorations for the other 11 months of the year? Learn how to get your seasonal storage organized right now so that holiday decorating goes faster and more smoothly next year.
  • Protecting your Collection from the Bad-Guys, Part 2 -Insurance, Alarms, and Your Mind-Set.  By : Bill Harvey
    In Protecting Your Collection, Part 1, I talked about security -both general household security, and measures specific to collectors. Now I do HOW-TO on insuring a valuable collection -with-out breaking the bank by upping you premiums. Also, in some ways, security is a mind-set. Here is some advice on getting your head around it all.
  • Protecting your Collection from the Bad-Guys, Part 1- Security.  By : Bill Harvey
    HOW-TO take steps to protect your valuable collection. Keeping the bad-guys out is easy to understand, but what about the not-so-obvious security threats?
  • Protecting your Collection from Light and Radiation Damage.  By : Bill Harvey
    One of the most destructive forces on your collection might be noting more then stuff with which you see. Light -both visible and UV- will degrade some collectables. Here is HOW-TO protect your best stuff from this destructive force.
  • Using FABRIC to Preserve, Protect, and Display your Collection:  By : Bill Harvey
    Various kinds of cloth can be used to easily high-light your collectables and -if you use the right stuff- provide a safe and acid-free environment for your most valuable collectables.
  • Bio-Hazard Issues for the Collector: Little creepy-crawly-hungry things eating your collection?!!?  By : Bill Harvey
    It depends on what you collect. If rocks and minerals are your thing, you can stop reading now. But what if you collect first edition comic books, or antique doll clothes, or sugar packets? You had best be giving some thought to repellent little crawly things as well as things that don't so much crawl as sort of land on your stuff and reproduce like mad -eating all the while.
  • Photographing your Collection, Part 2: The Setting -Your Studio.  By : Bill Harvey
    In Photographing your Collection, Part 1: Part 1: Your Equipment I addressed the whys and with whats of photographing your collection. Now I do the wheres and hows of photographing your valued collection.
  • Archival Materials and Methods: Part 1 -The MATERIALS.  By : Bill Harvey
    The first step to protecting your valuable collectible or antique is to know a little about what it is made out of. EveryTHING is made out of someTHING after all. These things react differently to moisture, light, air, and the big one- time!
  • Archival Safe Methods and Materials: Part 3 -The METHODS.  By : Bill Harvey
    Having explored the chemistry of stuff -particularly stuff you want to preserve and protect in Preservation: Parts 1 and 2, we now take up the actual HOW-TO preserve and protect your collectibles. Find your checkbook and pay attention.
  • Archival Safe Methods and Materials: Part 2 -The CHEMISTRY of it all.  By : Bill Harvey
    What are 'archival materials'? What about 'archival methods"? Is "acid -free" a good thing? Here is a How-To chemistry lesson to help you protect and preserve your collectibles and antiques:
  • HOW-TO Clean Collectables, Part 4: Organic Materials, (plastic, fabric and wood, etc.)  By : Bill Harvey
    In parts 1 and 2, I talked about the assorted things you might find under your kitchen sink -soaps and solvents and such as well as the rubby-scratchy things like steel wool. In part 3 I took up just what the right solvent and / or abrasive might be for painted and metallic things. Now in part 4 I addresses organic items like plastic, fabric and wood, etc.
  • HOW-TO Clean Collectables, Part 3: Painted and Metallic Items.  By : Bill Harvey
    In parts 1 and 2, I talked about the assorted things you might find under your kitchen sink -soaps and solvents and such as well as the rubby-scratchy things like steel wool. In part 3 I take up just what the right solvent and / or abrasive might be for painted and metallic things. Part 4 addresses organic items like plastic, fabric and wood, etc.
  • HOW-TO Clean Collectables, Part 1: - The Right SOLVENT  By : Bill Harvey
    What do you pull out from under the kitchen sink when the spirit moves you to finally do something about great-grandma's what'zit? Makes a big difference. One bottle will destroy the what'zit and another may waste your time, (and maybe destroy it as well!)
  • HOW-TO Clean Collectables, Part 2: - the Right ABRASIVE  By : Bill Harvey
    It's old, it's valuable (if only to you) and it's delicate. It's IMPERITIVE to clean it right. Here is what to use to safely "scrub" a fine antique or collectable. This business of preserving and protecting collectables often begins with cleaning them.
  • Classic Valve Amplifiers And Stuff!  By : Hareswith
    If you are like me - you will love ‘old’ stereo equipment, especially valve amplifiers. Some might say landmark manufacturers such as Leak, Quad, Thorens, Garrard, Shure, SME, etc, who made an impact on the development of ‘Hi Fi’ (does anyone call it that these days?).
  • Care, Handling, and Storage of Photographs  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Photographic materials have complex physical and chemical structures that present special preservation challenges to the librarian and archivist. Since the birth of photography in the late 1830s, many different photographic processes and materials have been utilized, each subject to deterioration through time and with use.
  • Caring for Cylinder Recordings  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Cylinder recordings, invented by Thomas Edison in 1877, were the first successful form for recording and reproducing sound. Made first of tin foil, then wax, and later celluloid, the cylinder was used until the late 1940's.
  • Cylinder, Disc and Tape Care in a Nutshell  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    General Do not touch the playing surface/s of any recording.
    Clean hands before handling recordings.
  • Leather Dressing  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Leather dressings were at one time thought to be useful in extending the life of leather bindings. Experience has shown, however, that its benefit is primarily cosmetic and that the use of leather dressing by someone without professional expertise, does more harm than good.
  • Care, Handling and Storage of Motion Picture Film  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    All film is subject to fading, particularly integral tri-pack color positives, such as Ektachrome® , Ansco®, or Agfa ®. As with all other materials, this fading -- as well as other chemical and physical deterioration -- are impossible to stop entirely. With proper care, handling and storage, the rate of deterioration can be slowed and the usable life of a film can be extended significantly.
  • Guide to Preservation Matting and Framing  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    To increase the life and enjoyment of your print or photograph and to save money in the future on conservation treatments, you should invest in appropriate preservation matting and framing. Reviewing the following information and then interviewing the framer regarding the procedures and materials will help you decide.
  • Caring for Your Family Treasures  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Before investing time and money to improve the condition of your documents, art, photographs, memorabilia, and books, you should first assess the importance of various items to you and your family. They may be objects of monetary value, or, like photographs of grandparents or a family Bible, Torah, or Koran, they may have intrinsic, sentimental, or historical value.
  • Preservation of Scrapbooks and Albums  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Scrapbooks and albums provide a unique record of individuals, families, organizations, and associations and are, therefore, found in many museums, archives, and libraries. Although albums initially were tablets used by the Romans to record public edicts, they have become accounts accumulated over time, often private and personal, preserved on blank pages in a book format.
  • Caring for Your Photographic Collections  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Keep photographic materials at proper environmental conditions. Relative humidity is the single most important factor in preserving most photographic materials. Relative humidity levels above 60% will accelerate deterioration. Low and fluctuating humidity may also damage them.
  • Care, Handling and Storage of Books  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Damage to a book is cumulative. The repeated incorrect handling and storage of a book can quickly transform a new book into a worn or even an unusable one. Proper handling and storage in a stable, cool, clean, non-humid environment, can prolong its life.
  • Ownership Marking of Paper-Based Materials  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Indelible identification marks have traditionally been placed on paper-based materials to help deter their theft and to establish ownership in the event of theft. Some institutions and collectors do not mark their holdings for a variety of reasons. For example, ownership marks cannot guarantee that an item, or portions of it, will not be stolen.
  • The Deterioration and Preservation of Paper: Some Essential Facts  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Paper deterioration is still a problem. But, thanks to decades of scientific research -- much of it supported by libraries and archives -- this deterioration is no longer a mystery. The preservation strategy at the Library of Congress has traditionally benefitted by insights provided by science.
  • Preserving Newspapers  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    Of the thousands of newspapers published in the United States each day, most eventually find their way into trash bins, under litter boxes, into bird cages, or, hopefully, into recycling containers. The perception persists that yesterday's news is no news at all. For librarians and archivists, however, that perception presents a tremendous challenge.
  • Preserving Works on Paper: Manuscripts, Drawings, Prints, Posters, Maps, Documents  By : U.S. Library of Congress
    The manufacturing method and materials of works on paper, such as the inks, paints and paper components, influence the inherent, long-term stability of library, art and archival items. Providing a good environment, and safe handling and storage conditions are critical to preserving paper collections.
  • The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials  By : National Library of Canada
    Sound recordings are machine readable artifacts; they are documents for which the integrity of the information they contain is directly related to the artifacts' physical well being. Since the majority of sound recordings are made of plastic, conservation must be treated as a plastics degradation problem, requiring a different approach than paper conservation.
  • Cedar Chests - Keep Your Past And Future Safe  By : Jesse Akre
    In days of yore people stored there most precious belongings in
    cedar chests for safe keeping. You see cedar chests are able to
    protect and preserve anything you put in them because the
    natural oils in cedar wood are insect repellants. A chest made
    of cedar is particularly good at repelling moths whose larvae
    eat things made of natural fibers like wool, linen or paper.

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