- 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
Phone: (613) 998-3721