Wrinkled Rice Paper Painting

preservator

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Modification of art should be left to a conservator. It entails great risks and the rewards can not justify assumption of those risks.


Hugh
 

Ron Eggers

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my client requested that I try
Not picking on Deeann3670 here,'cause we've ALL done this, but that single statement probably accounts for 80% of the serious problems I encountered during 28 years of full-time framing.

We're having a lot of home improvements done now, and there's one thing I've noticed about dealing with professionals. If I ask a plumber to rewire my kitchen, he'll say no and usually recommend a good electrician.

If I ask my wife's bosses brother-in-law, he'll say, "Sure. I'll try."
 

deeann3670

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Thanks, I do not feel comfortable with "trying" but I told him that I would try to find out if it could be done. I recommended a conservator, but he does not want to deal with that expense. So, it will remain creased.
 

preservator

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That is the right course of action. A client's
unwillingness to use a conservator should not
entail a framer having to do anything risky.


Hugh
 

stud d

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deeann3670 why not call a conservator and get some kind of kwote before you nix it? I have done work with conservators before and sometimes the price is not as harsh as one might think. Try it cant hurt, unless you do it yourself.


PL

just like hairstylists...they charge more to undo your mess ups.
 

Greg Fremstad

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I've found a great way to demonstrate to your customer just how wrinkled a piece of art is.

Lay the art on a big flat piece of glass (like the 1/4 thick one you use to cool freshly drymounted stuff under) and lay an appropriate size piece of regular glass on top of it.

The wrinkles will show up terribly and you can show them that no amount of pressure will make it flat.

In Vivians words: "You're a framer, not a magician".
 

HannaFate

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I have often had customers ask me to flatten things that really ought not be messed with. The explanation that seems to satisfy them best is that ripples, wrinkles and other irregularities are part of what distinguish originals from posters.

"Real watercolors don't lay completely flat."
 
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