Frequently Asked Questions
Would I be able to work in a small area?
Do the materials cost much to fix each piece?
Will I need a lot of tools?
If we just want to repair chips on our dinnerware sets do you have solution for that?
Are there a lot of people doing these kinds of repairs?
Do you only show how to repair china?
Is there much demand for restoration work of this type needed today?
What if the first attempt is a disaster, is everything lost?
I have a "very valuable" and rare antique, can I just learn how to put it back together myself?
Why should restoration be considered as a profession?
Are you trapped into buying all supplies from T.S. Restoration?
Is knowledge of antiques or ceramics necessary?
What does the T.S. mean in T.S. Restoration?
How do I get more information on this makers mark?
Where can I find the value of an item?
Are these restorations food or dishwasher safe?
Do you instruct reversible repairs?
We have a large personal collection and I am only thinking of restoring some of our pieces myself. Would your videos or course lessons show me how?
I am planning on taking a class on china restoration, would your videos also help me?
* Would I be able to work in a small area?
If you enjoy crafts of any kind you will enjoy this business. Little space is needed (until you get swamped with jobs.) Its not unusual for many to use a small table, desk or just a stable workbench. You can restore just a few things for your own personal satisfaction or work at starting a whole new home based career.
* Do the materials cost much to fix each piece?
China restoration supplies are not expensive when you consider that they last along time, thus supplies used for each restoration you complete is minimal.
If we just want to repair chips on our dinnerware sets do you have solution for that ?
Yes we do. Not everyone wants to learn all the many fun aspects we are offering. If you need to just resolve some chipped edges and still use your dinnerware we have a kit for that. You will find our solution at "this chip repair link".
* Will I need a lot of tools?
Many tools you may already have around the house except an air brush which is optional at first and fortunately, they fall in many price ranges. Also, in this case, the least expensive can be the most useful. A small compressor, which is needed for the air brush, is also varied in size and of reasonable costs.
* Are there a lot of people doing these kinds of repairs?
Check the phone book in your area for china restorers. Unless you live in a large metropolitan area you probably won’t find one. And if you do, check what the charge is to restore a plate, bowl or vase.
* Do you only show how to repair china?
China is a misnomer because the variety of objects that become damaged is endless. Many items restorable are porcelains, pottery, carved ivory, natural stones, including marble, soapstone and alabaster. The long list may also includes broken lamps, clocks, clock and watch dials, curios, artifacts, jewelry, porcelain signs, papier mache', wood, wax, porcelain license plates and even plaster / chalk ware.
* Is there much demand for restoration work of this type needed today?
Do you realize qualified restorers are needed more today than ten years ago? Collectors are very busy accumulating. There are the collectors of plates, Boehm, Lladros, Hummels, antique dolls, Cibus, Red Wing and many others. Loose shelves, long tailed dogs and just plain butter finger types make much work for us restorers.
* What if the first attempt is a disaster, is everything lost?
No. If the instructions in the Lessons or Videos are followed, nothing is lost. Merely remove any work done and start over. For this reason a priceless Ming vase could be your first repair with no fear it would be ruined because of your inept restoration. However, if you are nervous because you are working on a Ming vase and drop it, everything changes and we do not advise starting a career this way. There is always something you may have already or could pick up for a reasonable fee at a flee market to practice on.
* I have a "very valuable" and rare antique, can I just learn how to put it back together myself?
When one has little or no experience they should show restraint in attempting such a task. This advice would certainly fit all professions. If this is your situation then we would recommend that you first take any high value and rare piece to a qualified and experienced expert for at least an opinion on the proper procedures. If it is a rare museum quality piece then please seek a qualified conservator. For the vast majority of restorations, our videos and lessons have the knowledge you seek for a reversible repair.
* Why should restoration be considered as a profession?
It doesn’t have to be considered as a profession only. Even learning minor repairs in a professional manner is valuable knowledge for the collector or dealer.
* Are you trapped into buying all supplies from T.S. Restoration?
No, you won’t have to hock the family jewels to afford the price of a bottle of glaze. But paints, glazes, cements and fillers can be complex which when combined create unpredictable phenomena. T.S. Restoration sells a minimum compatible selection at a reasonable price. These glazes and glues are economical and they last a long time. When one has learned the different properties of what they are working with experimentation will enlarge their selection of choices. We continually research sources for the best quality of those hard to find china restorer supplies.
* Is knowledge of antiques or ceramics necessary?
Not necessarily. Restoration is done strictly on the material from which the object is made. Your knowledge will naturally expand within your own level of varied interest.
* What does the T.S. mean in T.S. Restoration?
T.S. is for Two Sisters as we are a home grown multi generation of small family business's too.
* How do I get more information on this makers mark?
There is almost an infinite amount of backstamps, trademarks and inscriptions to decipher. Many books are on the subject, some appraisers may have resources available. There is a few links to markings on our Pottery Makers Mark page. We will add more as our time permits.
* Where can I find the value of an item?
We do not appraise items, but Kovels online is a good place to find values.
* Are these restorations food or dishwasher safe?
Yes and no. Restoration of many items should be considered for display purposes only and never used with food. Primarily because the cleaning process could damage the work. If you have a badly broken plate to grandma's dinnerware used for all the holidays you may need to find a replacement. If you want to just put example plate in the china cabinet or to deceptively prove that you have taken good care of grandma's gift, restoration is a viable option. We do have an option for repairing those pesky chips on dinnerware sets at "this link" that will allow you to continue their use and allow for washing.
* Do you instruct reversible repairs?
Yes, reversible repair means to be able to undo anything that has been done. It is more than desirable, it is reasonable and essential. Whether antique or modern an item should never be damaged while trying to restore it (whether successful or not.)
* I have a large personal collection and I am only thinking of restoring some of my pieces myself. Would your videos show me how?
Yes. Your devoted personal interest and drive alone may propel you though this rewarding experience. We also are collectors and know the feeling one gets when we look upon a damaged piece. We are reminded of the very moment it happened, no matter how long ago it was, and in some examples "who did it". This piece may also have a story behind it, may have belonged to a cherished family member or was a very special discovery. One should also not overlook the idea of buying damaged items for a good price and upgrading them to most of their value with the proper restoration. It is indescribable the feeling one gets when he or she sees their successful achievements. Making money can become secondary but is a rewarding "bonus".
* I am planning on taking a class on china restoration, would your videos also help me?
We believe so. Actually, many china restoration courses have used our videos to complement their teachings. Even if the class learning process is different, you still can gain insights to the many aspects of this profession. You will also be able to reference this knowledge in the future.