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This silver gelatine antique photo was loosing a large amount of emulsion and the original frame was missing sections of the ornamentation and looking tired. We reconsolidated the emulsion and infilled and retouched the missing areas of the image. We repaired the missing ornaments and refinished the frame with a combination of Shellac and toner to bring life back.

 

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This was a fun passion project that I worked on with Grace. (Grace was a much loved employee who left to follow her passion in fine art). I disliked the old tortoise shell finish on this frame so we refinished using a traditional framing finishing technique called "Sgrafitto" This now beautiful frame was snapped up by an astute client who used it to frame one of her own artworks
 

 

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I found this stunning 1901 Mirror at the Woolloongabba Antique Centre. Another passion project this piece was in terrible shape as you can see from the photos. I repaired all the missing ornaments and refinished just enough to not loose its age. This piece is available in store for sale.
 

 

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Sometimes we are presented with unusual and unexpected challenges. Its worth asking the question as many of the skills of frame restoration cross over into other sculptural objects. This beautiful lamp was damaged in transport from overseas to Brisbane.  We were able to repair the broken pieces, fill in the missing sections and re-guild the repaired areas. We have since completed two more restoration projects for this client and she has referred her friends to us.
 

 

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Another little piece to repair and put into stock. We buy and sell antique frames of all styles and periods pre 1950's so that clients have even more options and the ability to use a period correct frame. We also take casting from these frames to create styled reproduction inspired designs of our own.
 

 

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Another piece completed for a client. Many times clients will inherit pieces from family. These pieces remind them of happy times as they would have hung in the family home. This piece was not only missing ornamentation it was also missing two sections of the timber frame work.  (top right and bottom left) We replaced these sections of timber and repaired the missing ornamentation.
 

 

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This was a challenge piece as the frame was made of solid plaster around a metal wire and not the usual timber and compo of most. As you can see from the images it was in bad shape. We repaired the broken pieces we did have. We then filled and replaced the missing sections and refinished the frame.
 

 

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Sometimes we are called on to restore and conserve artworks. As we are not university qualified art restorers we are very clear with clients that we will only ever do what is within our capabilities and works that hold great financial value we refer on to qualified conservators. This particular piece was more of a personal love item for the client. It is a painting of her as a child. She just wanted it to be more stable and in paint the missing sections. We relined the canvas with a new full layer of canvas behind. We then filled the missing section and in painted to blend. Then a beautiful new frame and the client was extremely happy.
 

 

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This was a challenge if ever there was. It is common to see digital restorations offer for old photos but our clients often want the original restored. This piece known was missing large sections. These old images were mounted to a curved cardboard. We took an old photo from one of the many frames we buy and sell and replaced the broken sections with material from the same period.  We then infilled the joins and in painted the missing areas.
 

 

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This canvas was damaged by something leaning against it long term. We were able to get the canvas back into shape.
 

 

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This canvas was brought to us by a client with a huge tear in the bottom right hand side. What was difficult with this tear is that it was not a clean tear. We did a patch repair on the rear of the canvas, infillied the cracks and re touched the area to blend.
 

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This lovely mirror had been painted by our clients mother and she had wanted to restore and preserve it. We cleaned and restored the painting on the mirror and cleaned the original slip and velvet mid frame. To protect the painting from further deterioration we added a layer of Ultra View glazing (that looks like there is nothing there). We decided that the original outer moulding was not stable enough to support the weight of the mirror and the glass we planned to add to the piece so we replaced it with a new outer moulding to suit.

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This map was found in the ceiling of our clients first home. As Fraser Island is a special place for them they felt it would make a great piece to hang in their new home. Having been in the roof of a QLD home since the 50's or 60's it was in extremely brittle condition. Asthey were only wanting it for display in their home the were not wanting to have it fully conserved. We were able to relax the paper and make it more supple to be able to flatten it. We then repaired the many tears and cracks. This helped for framing. The piece was then framed in one of our Native Timber Range. Brushbox which is native to Fraser Island.

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An example of corner ornamentation repair

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Before and after of basic cleaning of an oil painting.

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