Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wicker Repair Complete or Wife to the Rescue!

Here is the follow up to the wicker repair project...



Leg installed





Base coat of paint



Final inpainting with shellac and earth pigments





Replacing broken spokes on front apron





Spokes for corner in place



After much befuddlement, wife to the rescue!



She saved the day for sure



NGR dyes seen deep in crevices



Base paint with pigmented shellac beginning around corner



Complete!





Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my work.

Ps. Don't forget to check out the IndieGoGo page: http://www.indiegogo.com/kleinrestoration . Only one week left!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

How to Repair a Rush Seat

Ever wondered if there was a way to save a damaged rush seat on a beloved antique chair? Completely re-rushing can, in some cases, detract not only from market value, but also aesthetic quality. Here is one way an old rush seat with portions missing can be patched to consolidate damage and visually blend the whole seat.



Damaged Portion





Fiber rush strand (a modern rolled paper rush alternative)



Open up the end a couple inches...



Snip it at an angle...



Lay hot hide glue into open end



Wrap the paper around frayed rush strand



I also glued the strands down to make sure I wasn't depending on the splice joint alone



Shape the strands to where you want them while glue is still hot



Halfway there



Gluing the ends of the splices to the underside of the seat rail



All in place



Use an awl or other sharp pick to approximate the worn texture of old rush



Begin inpainting with shellac, earth pigments, and NGR dyes



From the distance people usually view it at, the repair is inconspicuous.



The finished chair. Any questions, leave me a comment. I'll be glad to help.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The First Week


Hey everyone. The first week of the campaign has gone really well. We've received the first thousand dollars! Thank you so much!

If you would like to know more about this exciting campaign, come over to our IndieGoGo page and see more about it! > http://www.indiegogo.com/kleinrestoration?a=556761

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Furniture Restoration Crowdfunding Video!


I've just launched an IndieGoGO crowdfunding campaign to help fund a furniture restoration studio.

You can view all the details here: www.indiegogo.com/kleinrestoration

If you are able and willing to support a small family business preserving and restoring our cultural furniture heritage, please consider contributing. Even a few dollars helps. Thank you for your support!