Here at Raindrops In Virginia we are able to Conserve, Remediate, and Restore a wide range of items within home and industry. Be it welding, re-finishing, mechanical, re-plating, or preventative remediation. Let our wide range of experience, and unparalelled equipment help you.
Repair services include:
Raindrops In Virginia is also specially trained in both indoor and outdoor sculpture polishing and preservation, and offers this service both onsite and in store.
Conservation Vs. Restoration
Conservators, also called Restorers (1) are professionals with enough skills, knowledge and training to preserve as well as conserve artworks and cultural heritage for the future generations. The conservator-restorer work is primarily a manual art/skill; but this should be closely related to theoretical knowledge which gives him/her the capacity to perform tasks such as carrying out diagnostics about the conservation stages of the artwork, drafting conservation plans and treatment proposals, developing preventive conservation strategies and finally executing well documented conservation-restoration treatments.
Due to the different uses and misuses as well as misinterpretations of the various terms applied in the Conservation – Restoration field, in 2008, the ICOM-CC general assembly welcomed and endorsed a clarification and definition of conservation terminology including “preventive conservation”, “remedial conservation” and “restoration” as the preferred terms while characterizing the various forms of action to conserve cultural heritage. In such meeting, the terms were defined as follows (2):
Conservation – all measures and actions aimed at safeguarding tangible cultural heritage while ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations. Conservation embraces preventive conservation, remedial conservation and restoration. All measures and actions should respect the significance and the physical properties of the cultural heritage item.
Preventive conservation – all measures and actions aimed at avoiding and minimizing future deterioration or loss. They are carried out within the context or on the surroundings of an item, but more often a group of items, whatever their age and condition. These measures and actions are indirect – they do not interfere with the materials and structures of the items. They do not modify their appearance.
Remedial conservation – all actions directly applied to an item or a group of items aimed at arresting current damaging processes or reinforcing their structure. These actions are only carried out when the items are in such a fragile condition or deteriorating at such a rate, that they could be lost in a relatively short time. These actions sometimes modify the appearance of the items.
Restoration – all actions directly applied to a single and stable item aimed at facilitating its appreciation, understanding and use. These actions are only carried out when the item has lost part of its significance or function through past alteration or deterioration. They are based on respect for the original material. Most often such actions modify the appearance of the item
1. “Conservator” is the term used in English speaking countries; on the contrary “restorer” is mainly used where Romance and Germanic languages are spoken.
2. (International Council of Museums –Conservation Committee, 15th Triennial Conference, New Delhi 22-26 September 2008).
As cited from the South Florida Art Conservation June 3, 2012 Article:
"Conservation Vs. Restoration" found here
To learn more visit the International Council of Museums ICOM-CC
Antique Restoration and Repair
As of March 1st 2019 we no longer offer Jewelry Repair services
Watch Restoration and Repair
Clock Restoration and Repair
Proper clock maintenance:
Inside a clock is an entire symphony of metal parts that work together as well as much force that is at play. On average depending upon the type of clock, a pendulum cycles around 4,000 to 12,000 times an hour, and there are some parts in a clock that cycle many more times than this. So one could imagine that over the life of a 100 or 200 year old clock the cyclings could be in the late billions or even trillions. Parts can wear out due to metal to metal resistance called friction, especially with harder Steel against softer Brass and so on. This is why clocks come from a manufacturer with lubrication in them.
Most Clock Manufacturers throughout the ages recommend scheduled maintenance every 3-5 years. Over time the lubricants and oils used in a clock to combat friction and wear attract dirt, dry, and become a sticky black varnish that is highly abrasive to the inner workings of the clock movement. Each gear is mounted on a steel axle and each axle is mounted between two lacquer coated brass plates. The lacquer protects against tarnish buildup. The place in the plates where the axle goes into is called a pivot hole. Pivot holes are not lacquered, and because they are not they need lubrication, otherwise tarnish and corrosion will build up there and break off into abrasive particles that act like sandpaper cutting the pivot hole as the clock works.
Proper cleaning and maintenance can keep your timepiece running like new and protect your investment, and a properly trained horologist can make all the difference. There are many variables when cleaning and lubricating any timepiece, and proper steps are crucial for the life of your piece. We see many pieces that have been worked on, and sometimes the simplest things can damage the piece. Though there is one practice we see a great deal that is incredibly damaging to a clock, we feel we must mention.
Under NO circumstances should one ever use WD-40, even as a temporary fix. Yes, it’s an effective lubricant for general household use, hinges and so on, but it’s one of a clock’s worst enemies. It quickly hardens, gums up the movement and can add enough friction to stop the clock in a just few months. It also strips lacquer that is protecting pivot plates from corrosion, and can also run into dials and the clock case structure ultimately staining them and can contaminate the clock cleaning solution when the inevitable time comes for an ultrasonic cleaning. Other oils commonly found in a home are sewing machine oil and 3 in 1 oil. These might work for a while but are more viscous and will run out faster. They could even stain dials and are not recommended.
There is something richly satisfying about watching something spring to life that has been broken. This clock from Great Britain had a broken piece that we then fabricated a new one. We didn't even bother looking for parts.
This Farmhouse clock is from The Sessions Clock Company in Connecticut. A company that was open from 1903 to 1933. It is over 100 years old and after we repaired a number of gears and refabricated many bushings it shall last another 100.
This is a clock we recently repaired for a client from the early 1800's and made in the Comtoise region of France. It had a broken gear, needed a number of shafts repaired, some gears needed reconditioning, and an actuator arm was broken as well. It was regulated in about a week and now runs consistently.
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