Caring for Art



  • Hoist large sculptures at your waist and hug them close to your body.
  • Remove accessories like rings, watches, necklaces and belt buckles to avoid scratching.
  • Wear non-skid gardening gloves or latex gloves to keep the sculpture from slipping.


  • Display stone sculptures on large flat shelves that aren’t too high. The weight and design can create a tipping risk.
  • Keep ivory sculptures out of direct sunlight. It can be sensitive to changes in humidity.
  • If a stone sculpture contains inlays of other materials, keep it out of direct sunlight.


  • Clean with a soft cotton cloth.
  • Use a watercolor brush to dislodge dirt



  • Keep ivory out of direct sunlight. It can be sensitive to changes in humidity.
  • Ivory yellows naturally. Don’t bleach it out.

Bone and Antler:

  • Do not react as quickly to changes in humidity.
  • Absorb more dirt, dust and liquid.


  • Clean using a soft buffing cloth.
  • If necessary, use a mild abrasive product such as Twinkle.
  • Polish carefully. Silver dips contain acid, which can damage ivory, bone & antler

Rawhide and Sinew:

  • Keep water away from jewelry containing rawhide or sinew.
  • Never use oil or leather dressing on rawhide or sinew.


  • Mount on an acid-free matte board with a glass cover.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight. Prints can fade if exposed to too much light.


  • If your fur becomes inhabited by insects, freeze it to safely and effectively get rid of them.
  • Caribou fur tends to shed. Minimize handling to reduce shedding.

For more information, contact the Canadian Conservations Institute:
Canadian Conservation Institute
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Phone: (613) 998-3721