Repairing a soapstone ornament

Repairing a soapstone ornament

Soapstone is beautiful to look at and to touch and a fantastic material from which to make ornaments. The structure of the material which makes it so nice to look at and work with means that it is also susceptible to breakage if roughly handled or dropped. However, it...
Small ornament repairs

Small ornament repairs

Many of the ornament repair projects we undertake are quite complex jigsaws. Sometimes with dozens of pieces needing careful reconstruction and repainting. But, we also repair many small ornaments and figurines where there are just two or three pieces needing...
Elephant Ornament Repair

Elephant Ornament Repair

Elephant ornament damaged by the frost This 3’6″ high elephant ornament was accidentally exposed to frost which caused damage. Probably the biggest ornament the restoration team at Gadsby’s have worked on – in recent years at least. It was a...
Restoring an antique plaster ornament

Restoring an antique plaster ornament

An antique plaster elephant was brought in for restoration. Standing around 15″ high (when restored), the elephant had been broken into roughly 20 pieces. The largest piece still had some crumpled up newspaper stuffed inside. We were tempted to see if we could...
Broken Ornament – Garibaldi

Broken Ornament – Garibaldi

Repairing a smashed figurine Garibaldi was a successful Italian General. But this figurine depicting him definitely lost the battle with gravity. Arriving at Gadsby’s in nearly 40 pieces, of varying sizes, the ornament was a mess. As ever the first step of the...

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