EDITH SCHROEDER RESTORATION

Invisible Process
Edie primarily practices “invisible restoration” — making the piece look as though it has never been damaged. The restoration will not fade, discolor or deteriorate with time. This process might typically include: removal of old glue and previous poor restoration; safe bleaching of stains and discoloration; repair of breaks, chips and missing areas; replacement of lost hands, flowers, ears, etc.; casting and duplication of missing lids or other parts; matching and blending colors and textures, while minimizing restored area; replacement of worn away gold.

Museum Process
Typically, museums do not ask for an invisible restoration, as they want all of the original surface of a historical piece to be seen. This can also be a simpler, less expensive process for any client. A damaged item is glued, then chips or missing areas are filled and painted to match the rest of the piece, but the edges of the restoration are visible on close examination. This is an alternative that can be quite satisfying, depending on the original appearance of the piece, and may be a good fit for the owner’s needs and budget. This is also a better way to repair an item that will be used, as an invisible restoration is more fragile where the edges are thinned to blend in, and can be damaged by forks, knives, etc.

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