After the lockdown woes of not being able to get hold of materials for several months, the conservation of these two figures for a private client is finally completed. The challenges included removal of different kinds of (very tenacious!) repair adhesive, and achieving an adequate translucency, tone and sheen to the epoxy resin repair material, used in place of the original onyx (chalcedony) stone.

The damaged ear on the horse was a particular challange, which I modelled in plaster and then cast in resin (several times- to get a good colour-match!), to replicate the break edge and ensure a close join.

The client is thrilled, so I am thrilled.... "we are truly over the moon with what you have done for our mum and dad. He is overwhelmed and cannot thank you enough".

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So- we didn't win..... but thrilled with this, and that everyone's efforts were recognised!

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Great news! My fantastic team of volunteers for the Pickling Project has been shortlisted for the 'Volunteer Team of the Year' award by the Museums + Heritage Awards! I'm so proud of them all, and what we achieved together.

For an overview of the project, and a short film starring some of the team, head to St Albans Museum + Gallery website here

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