SPRING!

Category: Latest News
Posted: March 20, 2015

SPRING!

Wow...time does fly by!

Last post was October when the temperatures were still warm but the days were getting shorter.  Then the holidays run us all over and somehow we survive the family gatherings and the pocketbook shortage!   Well January 2015 was pleasant here in the Northeast and I could just feel that if it stays this warm, I would be teeing it up by early March.

NOT!  Boston broke the record of all record keeping since 1872 as the snowiest winter in history.  The pattern was every Wednesday and Sunday (for 8 weeks) where we endured 3 blizzards or 2+ feet or more in 3 weeks.  Then subsequent weeks were 12-18 inches not to mention the highs in the low 20's for temperatures!

Well at 6:45 pm this evening it became SPRING but guess what?  It's snowing here in Boston and there is still plenty of white stuff covering my lawn.  At this rate I won't be on the links anytime soon.

I grace all of you with this beautiful painting by my 17 year old son to usher in the new season.  It is spectacular, full of song and promise of some good weather moving forward.  Dominic had a prolific winter and why not?  We were inside all the time but I enjoyed watching him produce one masterpiece after another.  To view his entire portfolio go to www.DominiCreations.com and enjoy the masterful works of art.

Then you can keep scrolling to see what I have been up to lately. Give me the weekend to get all the projects up.  This takes time.  I wish I could photograph everything but there are a few nice examples.  Work has been steady and always enjoyable.  Feel free to contact me via email if you have something to PRESS, CONSERVE or RESTORE for Certification or simply for your collection and posterity.  

To my fellow New Englanders....this too shall pass.   All the rest of you across the globe, enjoy this next season and happy collecting!



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Golden Age Beauty

Category: Latest Work
Posted: October 16, 2014

Golden Age Beauty

Beautiful copy of Action Comics #21.  Spine split, paper in good condition, pages creamy to off white, staples shiny like new.  Dry cleaned back cover and whites of front cover using dry erasure removing heavy soiling particularly at spine of back cover.  Carefully humidified and pressed out 2 halves of comic book cover. Reinforced spine from interior with Japanese tissue for structural support.  Small tears mended along margins. Removed spine roll and re-assembled cover onto interior using original staples.  Book pressed intact, looking like new again

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Silver Surfer #4

Category: Latest Work
Posted: September 12, 2014

Silver Surfer #4

Square bound with heavy rippling along top edge of front and back cover.  Slight warps and dents elsewhere.  Soiling on back cover, light dry cleaning using erasures in white areas.  Gentle humidification to relax covers, cold pressing, then some very light heat press.  Slight rippling remained since I did not want to pancake the cover. Beautiful color and gloss!

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Amazing Spiderman #3

Category: Latest Work
Posted: September 12, 2014

Amazing Spiderman #3
Wow this was a tricky one...very warped and cockled.  Needed to be extra careful manipulating cover and interior pages so that all could rest flat.  Extra pressure would crush this book so repeated slight humidification did the trick and very little heat.  Not a bad grade for sure!

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Target 7 Conservation

Category: Latest Work
Posted: September 12, 2014

Target 7 Conservation

Great candidate for my conservation services.  Kept it simple and structural via client's request.  Front cover split at 1/3rd off the bottom.  Spine almost de-tached, hanging on in a couple of places.  Needed to clean, press cover very carefully under humidification to relax all folds and small flaps so that paper could be prepared for mending.  Spine mended using thin Japanese tissue and archival adhesive for structural support.  Edge tears mended using heat set tissue which imbues itself onto the interior of cover.  Large tear across cover mended using stronger Japanese tissue and archival adhesive to sustain hold and prevent any warping.  Interior pages very warped and creased at top right edge.  Paper was a bit dry and fragile so once each page was indivicually pressed and spine roll removed, interior was de-acidified so that acid deterioration will now be at rest.  NO COLOR TOUCH on cover.  Restored cover re-assembled using original staples and book pressed intact.  Beautiful artwork, beautiful colors, stable, secure, happy for retirement!  

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